10 Green Cleaning Tips

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Every industry over the last five years has tried to convert their procedures to environmentally friendly. The cleaning industry has been investing big to earn the “Eco-Friendly Label” with the development of biodegradable cleaning products and cleaning methods that will keep a place smelling fresh without the toxic effect.

At Total Clean we strive to deliver an environmentally friendly office cleaning service by applying cleaning products and methods that are less harmful as possible to the environment.We also have great concern for our clients’ homes, this is the reason why every once in a while we publish cleaning tips to help them maintain their houses as fresh and clean as we would leave their working place. This time we compiled a list of the top 10 Green Cleaning tips to keep your house fresh-smelling without affecting your family’s health.

1 .Employ green cleaning products

As the health and environmental impacts of conventional cleaning products become more thoroughly understood, more and more brands of healthy, green and effective cleaning products have started hitting the market. Many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable and made from renewable resources (not petroleum). Home-mixed cleaners are not to be ruled out and can get the job done. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. When mixed in a little warm water either of these can act as an all-purpose cleaner.

2. Avoid poor indoor air quality

It is not uncommon for the air inside a home or office to be more toxic than the air outside. This is down to the presence of toxic materials and substances and homes and buildings are better insulated than ever before which is a good thing from an energy standpoint. Keeping the windows open as often as possible allows fresh air in and lets toxins flow out. This is very important when cleaning your home.

3. Be careful with antibacterial cleaners

The antibacterial and antimicrobial ‘cleaners’ that people think are necessary, especially during the cold season, do not clean hands better than soap and water, and can add to the risk of breeding “super bugs,” that survive the chemical onslaught.The FDA has found that antibacterial soaps and hand cleansers do not work better than regular soap and water, and should be avoided if possible.

4. Help your home smell baking soda-licious

Baking soda is good for removing those strange smells coming out of your fridge, it’s also a great odour-eliminator for your carpet. Sprinkle on a little baking soda to soak up some of those odours and then simply vacuum it up.

5. Clean your indoor air naturally

Instead of the store-bought air fresheners try natural ones like boiling cinnamon, cloves, or any other herbs you like to smell.. Fresh chocolate chip cookies have been known to create a friendly aroma. Also, plants may not make your house smell different but are good for filtering interior air–pretty much any broad green leaf plant will do.

6. Toss toxic cleaners carefully

When replacing your cleaning products, don’t throw the old ones in the trash. If they’re too toxic for your home, they won’t be good going down the drain or entering the landfill either. Many communities hold toxics & electronics recycling days and will take all of these off your hands. Throwing chemicals in the trash or down the drain means they might end up back in your water supply and come back to haunt you (see How to Go Green: Water for more).

7. Avoid conventional dry cleaners

Conventional dry cleaners are the largest users of the industrial solvent called Perchloroethylene, or perc, which is toxic to humans and also creates smog. The two most common green drycleaning methods are carbon dioxide cleaning and Green Earth. Seek out cleaners that use green methods. If you do take clothes to conventional cleaners, be sure to air them outside before wearing them or putting them in the closet.

8. Employ a green house cleaning service

For people who don’t have the time to clean their own homes, fortunately there is an increasing number of green cleaning services out there to help get your home cleans. If you can’t find one in your area, keep looking until you find a service that use the products and methods you specify.

9. Leave the toxins at the door

Check what’s on your shoes at the end of the day. Bringing that oil, antifreeze, animal waste and other pollution into the house is not good, especially for kids who spend time on floor level. Keep the germs out of your home with a good doormat or a shoeless house policy. Most green buildings now include entryway track-off systems as a means of maintaining a healthy interior environment. Less dirt also means less sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming, which means less work, water, energy, and fewer chemicals.

10. Design with Clean in Mind

If new houses are built with cleanability in mind this can create spaces that are cleaner, healthier,and require fewer substances to maintain.In large buildings, good cleanability can also be a big money-saver as cleaning costs can often add up to as much as half of a building’s total energy costs.

Can you add to this list? Share your green cleaning tips and lets make our world more environmentally friendly.

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