An Introduction to Eco-friendly Cleaning

In order to get your house up to scratch in the cleaning stakes, it used to be a case of having to use chemical based cleaning products. Thankfully, times have changed and you can now do it in a non-toxic way, by either buying eco-friendly cleaning solutions or making your own from scratch. Take a look at the following tips, which can help you when it comes eco-friendly cleaning.

Buy the Basics

Most green cleaning products are created using the same products. Now even though they are all natural, that doesn’t guarantee that they are safe, so be sure to keep them out of reach from children and pets. However, it should be noted that they are less toxic that traditional cleaning product ingredients. The following items are what you are likely to find within most homemade and store-sold eco-friendly cleaning products.

• Baking Soda
Borax
• White Vinegar
• Lemon Juice
• Olive Oil
• Castile Soap
• Washing Soda
• Lime Juice

Pre-made Products

The market for green cleaning products is ever expanding, meaning that there are plenty of choices out there for shoppers. For many, this option is preferred, as they require less effort to use, largely because they come pre-made. When looking to buy green cleaning products from your local store, keep a look out for the following brands or their regions equivalent.

• Method
• Seventh Generation
• Simple Green
• Mrs Meyer’s
• ECover
• Biokleen
• Options for Life
• Shaklee
• GreenWorks

Make Your Own

If you are someone who likes to know exactly what is in the products you use, then you can set about making your own. The following are a few green cleaning recipes for formulas that can help solve several common problems around the home.

Drainage

Drains within the house can block fairly easily, making them a constant source of annoyance for homeowners. When it comes time to unblock a drain, try combining half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar, pour it down the drain and cover. It should foam and remove any blockages, after a few hours pour boiling water down the drain to flush things through.

Wood

You will more than likely hear about various recipes relating to how you can green clean wood surfaces. In many cases you can create a formula out of vinegar, oil and hot water on an ‘adjust to taste’ basis. But, a popular recipe for beginners is to use a quarter cup of vinegar, a dash of oil and a gallon of hot water. This method can be used to clean any wood surface in the home, including floors.

Windows

To restore clarity and shine to your windows, try a natural formula instead of a chemical based one. Add a quarter cup of vinegar to three cups of water, with an optional drop of lemon juice. Use an old cotton rag or newspaper to wipe the formula into the glass, before drying with a soft cloth.

Bathroom

Green cleaners are most effective in areas in which there is low-level ventilation, meaning they really come into their own in the bathroom due to the lack of humidity there. Use vinegar and baking soda combination as a toilet scrub, while borax is a surprisingly effective bathtub, shower and tile cleaner.

Odors

It is easy to think that you need to enforce a smell in order to give your house a fresh feel again. Next time you need to remove a smell, try a natural odor-eater like vinegar or baking soda, along with opening up your windows to allow air to flow through. Plain old air will always be the best natural odor remover.