Going Green: 5 Easy Environmental-Friendly Ways to Clean Your Home
Whether we like it or not, cleaning products are everywhere in our home. We use them for dishes, laundry, stains and other occurrences in our daily lives. And while there may have been good intentions when trying to remove grime from our floors, carpets and clothes…some of those same cleaners may have been making things worse.
A lot of modern day cleaners contain chemicals that are bad for you, your family and definitely the environment. That’s why the writing staff here at Toolbarn.com have come up with this easy list to not only keep your home spic and span, but also environmentally friendly. Here’s our 5 easy environmental-friendly ways to keep your home clean and safe.
1.) Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
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Seems like an oxymoron, but the best way to keep your house clean while doing what’s good for Mother Earth is to use all natural cleaners. When looking for house cleaners at the store, make sure you look for labels and ingredients that specify they are environmentally friendly. An example includes using products that contain grain alcohol instead of triclosan.
2.) Maximize the Insulation In Your House
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Many homes across the country end up using more energy cooling or heating their homes any other time of the year. This also creates greenhouse gasses. The simplest and most cost effective way to deal with this problem is to improve your insulation. The better the insulation, the more heat or cool air will be retained in your home. It also prevents energy loss, while saving you money.
3.) Avoid Poor Indoor Air Quality
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While having great insulation is good for keeping your energy costs down, it also can keep toxic air inside your home too. In some homes, the air inside can be more toxic than the air outside. That’s because the aroma of toxic materials stays inside the house. Simple way to clean your home’s air is to open your windows and get fresh air into your house. Keeping your windows open keeps fresh air coming in and toxins flowing out. Good for you and good for your family.
4.) Use Baking Soda To Get Rid of Bad Smells
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Baking soda has a lot of different uses and can help you clean a number of items in your home. Instead of using laundry or other mainstream household cleaners, baking soda can do the job just as well and is friendlier to the environment. One popular use is to put baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb all the bad smells that might be lingering.
5.) Create Quality Water
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Many people now know how important water is and buy a bottled water every day. Instead of buying bottled water and wasting plastic bottles, buy a permanent container and fill your water every day. Also, use water softener alternatives to create cleaner drinking water at home and on the go.