There are many ways to keep your home sparkling clean without bringing in harmful toxins. Read on for our top tips on keeping your house environmentally clean.
Use green cleaning products
More and more people have started thinking about the negative environmental and health impacts of traditional cleaning products. As a result of this, many ranges of eco-friendly cleaning products have reached the mainstream market. Many are made from renewable, non-toxic ingredients and are housed in biodegradable packaging. Visit your local supermarket and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Alternatively, home-made cleaning solutions such as baking soda and white vinegar can be just as effective. In fact, not only does baking soda remove smells from washing machines and fridges, but it also works on carpets. Sprinkle some on the offending carpet, leave it for half an hour, then use the vacuum to clear it up.
Improve air quality
With the rise of toxic substances and materials in the house and the improved efficiency of insulation, the air in many homes can be more toxic than the air out in the street. While conserving energy is important for the environment (and your wallet), it’s important to have fresh air flowing through the house on a daily basis. This is particularly important when cleaning. There are other ways to clean the air inside the home. Avoid chemical-filled air fresheners, and instead opt for boiled cloves or cinnamon. Houseplants are also a great way to improve indoor air quality.
Hire an eco-conscious cleaning company
If you struggle to find the time to clean the house, consider hiring in a cleaning company. Many cleaners have switched to eco-friendly products and methods, and most will adopt them if you request it. There are many great domestic cleaners and end of tenancy cleaners Putney based. Don’t be afraid to ask for quotes beforehand, and to ask for a trial clean before committing to a regular service.
Dispose of toxic cleaning products safely
When you purchase your new environmentally friendly cleaning products, do not dispose of your old ones in the bin or down the drain. Doing this could mean the chemicals end up in the waterways. If the products are too full of chemicals to be used in your house, they will also be too damaging for waters and landfills. Most recycling centres will take your toxic chemicals from you and dispose of them in a way that doesn’t harm the planet.
Leave the toxins at the door
When you arrive home after a long day, take a second to think about what might have built up on your shoes. Particle pollution, oil, animal waste, and antifreeze are all powerful toxins that are not a good idea to bring into the house. They’re especially harmful to children and animals that spend a lot of time on the floor. Adopt a shoes-off policy in your home to keep the outdoors where it belongs. In addition to the health and hygiene benefits, banning shoes from the house also means less dirt to clean up, saving you valuable time and effort.