Cleaning products are everywhere in our homes and offices: on dishes, furniture, clothes, floors, windows, and floating through the air. This may sound bizarre, but in our war on dirt and germs we may often actually be making things worse.
Most of the conventional cleaning products we all grew up with are petroleum-based and have dubious health and environmental implications. Instead of opting for cleaning products that annihilate everything in their path, there are plenty of natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh without the toxic side effects.
Employ green cleaning products
As conventional cleaning products have become more thoroughly investigated, more and more brands of healthy and green cleaning products have started to compete for a place in your purchase list. Many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. But if these labels aren’t for you, home-mixed cleaners also the do same job. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water with either of these and you’ve got yourself an all-purpose cleaner.
Avoid poor indoor air quality
It is not surprising for the air indoors to be polluted than the air outside. This is because of the presence of toxic materials and that buildings are better insulated than ever before. Keeping windows open as often as possible allows fresh air in and keeps toxins flowing out. This is especially important when cleaning your home.
Clean your indoor air naturally
Skip the artificial air fresheners and instead try boiling cinnamon, lavender, or any other natural herbs. Fresh chocolate chip cookies also 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.