Spring is traditionally a popular time for deep cleaning a home. When you're working hard to remove dirt and germs that have accumulated since the last deep clean, it’s important to make sure you don't add a lot of chemicals into the air inside the home. Here are 4 tips for eco-friendly, "green" cleaning:
1. Switch the regular air filters on your furnace to HEPA air filters. HEPA filters use hospital-grade filtration technology to eliminate over 99% of the pollutants in the air, including dust mites, bacteria, and viruses.
2. Place a variety of live plants around your home. Aloe vera helps eliminate certain airborne chemicals released from paint and some cleaning products. Spider plants absorb mold and other allergens, along with some carbon monoxide generated by home appliances, and formaldehyde, an ingredient in certain cleaners. Peace lilies help absorb mold spores, mildew, and harmful vapors from alcohol and acetone.
3. Green cleaning products can be made at home with certain popular pantry items. You can add essential oils, fresh herbs and citrus peels, and can use borax for disinfecting. No chemicals needed! 1 part baking soda mixed with 2 parts white vinegar and 4 parts water is great for cleaning tile and countertops. Use 1/4 cup white vinegar with a quart of water in a spray bottle to clean windows and mirrors. For floors, use 4 cups white vinegar and a gallon of hot water; a couple drops of lemon oil creates a nice scent. Equal mixtures of olive oil and lemon juice is great for cleaning wood furniture. Sprinkle borax on a toilet brush to clean and disinfect toilets.
4. Use an old shirt or other cloth for rags instead of using paper towels or cleaning pads that get thrown away after cleaning. The rags can be washed and reused for the next cleaning spree.
For more information about eco-friendly, "green" cleaning tips, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174