We’ll do anything to make sure our homes are looking in the best condition possible, with regular cleaning schedules that incorporate all kinds of cleaning products and methods as well as calling on specialist curtain or carpet cleaning services. However, we don’t often contemplate the possibility of improving our cleaning regime so that it helps contribute to the environment.

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There are a number of ways you can adapt your cleaning methods to reduce your carbon footprint, so what do you have to do to become a green cleaner? Here are some of the non-toxic cleaners you can use as substitutes for the cleaning products you tend to go for in the super market.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda has some really useful virus-killing capabilities that shouldn’t be ignored if you want to go green. It’s great at dealing with tough grease and lime scale, so it should certainly make up part of your non-toxic cleaning kit.

Olive Oil

If it’s polishing you need to do, look no further than olive oil. Put your thoughts of a stir fry dinner to one side for now and make the most of olive oils polishing and overall cleaning abilities.

Vinegar

Vinegar is an acidic solution that might also taste good on chips for some of us. However, it’s great at dealing with tough grease, stains and grime, so keep some aside if you ever find a tough stain to deal with.

Castile Soap

Another great addition that cuts through grease and lime scale, castile soap is actually 100& made from natural plant oils. This means it doesn’t have any chemicals or animal products in it. It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking to create a cleaning solution for mopping floors and walls.

Borax

Whilst borax is user friendly and often recommended, it’s probably one you should stay away from in this instance. There is currently a hot debate going on as to whether borax is a safe product to use, with cases of eye irritation and skin problems having been reported in the past.

These are just a few products you can add to your green cleaning collection, with an additional one on the end that you might want to reconsider. Remember that mixing certain products can be dangerous, with differing pH’s across the scale, so be careful when creating your own environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions at home!

Written on June 27, 2014 ·