How to clean your home the eco-friendly way

Cleaning home is part of our daily routine. But have you ever thought of the flip side of cleaning process – the use of harsh chemicals that can harm not only our skin but also our health in the long run? How many of us have thought of cleaning our home the eco-friendly way to ensure clean and fresh surroundings? Eco-friendly way of cleaning has its own health benefits both for babies and adults. Here are few ways of cleaning the house in the most hygienic manner using homemade solutions.

Odour:  Use fresh lemon to get rid of the bad odour inside the house. Place one half of cut lemon or a bowl of lemon juice in the room from where the odour is to be eliminated. The freshening power of lemon expels even the nastiest smell from the room.

Cleaning Floor: The best homemade solution that can be used to clean all types of floor (except granite) is a mixture of vinegar and water. This solution not only helps in cleaning off all dust and dirt from the floor but also is very pocket friendly.

Cleaning furniture: Wood furniture tend to lose its original glow over a period of time. Olive oil when mixed with lemon juice helps in bringing back the lost glow of the furniture. In case the furniture has metal parts with chrome or steel finish, the same can be cleaned using a slice of lime dipped in salt.

Cleaning carpet: When it comes to cleaning carpet, a mixture of dried herbs, spices and baking soda is the best solution to get rid of odour. A variation of potpourri oil, essential oil fragrances etc can also be used. But in case of tough stains it is better to seek the help of local carpet cleaning agency as inexperienced hands can do more bad than good.

Cleaning appliances: Cleaning kitchen appliances like oven and cooking range can be a daunting task especially because of tough stains found in these appliances. Help is at hand in the form of baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda over the stain and dampen it. Wipe it out after sometime with a clean sponge. Use vinegar to clean off any residue.

Cleaning drain: Clogged drain provides nightmare to many. It is easy to unclog the drain using baking soda and vinegar. Pour ¾ cup of baking soda on to the drain followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Flush it down using boiled water after sometime. This is much more hygienic and easy to use than commercially available drain cleaner.

Cleaning scrubber: People tend to use the same dish scrubber again and again till they get completely worn out. But have you ever thought of the amount of bacteria that might get accumulated in the scrubber due to continuous use? If the scrubber is dipped in saline water for over an hour it kills all harmful bacteria thereby making it fit for reuse.

Disinfectant: The best antiseptic that can be used to disinfect home fitting and fixtures is tea tree oil. This oil when combined with water, liquid dish soap and borax can be used as a spray for cleaning purpose.

Cleaning mold: If mold formation is a common phenomenon in your area, then a mixture of vinegar and borax can help clean the surface. Take equal quantity of both and spray on the affected area. This will loosen the mold which is then easy to clean with a wet sponge or cloth.

Since eco-friendliness is also about 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – one should try to reduce the dependence on commercially available products for cleaning purpose. Also make sure that items that can be reused and recycled like newspaper, clothing etc is put to the best use while cleaning.

Author Bio: Emma Wilson is a freelance blogger and writer in the home décor/improvement niche. With more than 5 years experience working in this field, she has written numerous articles and blogs for various clients. At present she is working for a Carpet Cleaning Agency based out at Brisbane, Australia.