Going green used to be trendy and difficult to do without major changes to one’s life. Today, however, going green is win-win situation for people and the environment. It can save you money and will help the planet, too. Thus people are going green because it’s easier than ever to do; buying more energy efficient appliances and hybrid cars are just two ways to save energy. However, there are some areas in our day-to-day lives, such as cleaning, where we could be making greater efforts to go green. Many cleaning products and methods consume a great deal of energy and involve harsh chemicals. So, here are some green cleaning tips to help you get your house clean without harsh chemicals or wasted energy:
Tip one: Nix the Windex. Instead of cleaning your windows with a chemical cleaner, make your own window cleaner using a gallon of cool water and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Your windows will be sparkle when you use with this simple cleaner made from basic household products.
Tip two: Kill mold. Mold is a serious problem in homes, regardless of their age, though it’s more prevalent in older homes. Bathrooms where mildew grows rapidly, and often turns to mold are especially vulnerable. You can eliminate this problem by thoroughly cleaning the bathroom, paying particular attention to the shower, often. Keeping a spray bottle with a mildew-killing mixture of one cup of water and one drop of tea tree oil at the ready is also helpful. Spray mildew when you see it. Additionally, do a quick perusal of your bathroom after your daily shower to make sure there is no mold or mildew. If there is, spray it immediately with this green solution. You will prevent mold growth and keep your bathroom cleaner all while helping the environment and saving money on expensive mold prevention and killers.
Tip three: Clean your toilet. The toilet is one of the dirtiest places in the house, and one of the places most people feel they should forgo green in favor of clean. The fact is, however, you can have green and clean at the same time. You can disinfect, deodorize, and clean your toilet quickly and easily using baking soda. Sprinkle the sides of your toilet bowl with baking soda right after you flush, so that the sides are wet and the baking soda has something to cling to. Let it sit for a few minutes then drizzle a bottle of white vinegar down the sides. Finish by using your toilet brush to scrub it clean and flush the toilet.
These three tips can help you have green clean in your home!