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4 Eco-Conscious Ideas to Keep Your House Clean and Green
(Monday, 09 October 2017) Written by greeniac12478

Most of the house cleaning methods and products we use end up causing more harm than good. Toxic cleaning products release toxins into our homes and pollute the environment. But the war on dirt and germs should not always put us and the environment in harmís way. Luckily, there are eco-friendly cleaning ways that will leave the air toxin free. Four of them are outlined below.

Get Rid of Toxic Cleaning Products

Chances are that the cupboard under your kitchen sink is full of all kinds of toxic product from wax sprays to waxes and oven cleaners. Itís time to get rid of all these toxic products that are only polluting our environment. Almost all of the conventional cleaners we use in our homes are petroleum-based. Such products are likely to have grave health and environmental implications. Small amounts of the chemicals in these products usually leak from the bottles and spray bottles and end up in the air. They pose a lot of danger to our health and the environment. When disposing of such chemicals, avoid throwing them in the trash or down the drain. They will find their way back into our water supply and cause more harm.

Use Green Cleaning Products

As people become more aware of the adverse effects of toxic products on the environment, green cleaning products are slowly gaining popularity, and many of them are already hitting the market. If you want a less toxic home, consider replacing the poisonous products under your kitchen sink with these eco-friendly products. The green cleaning products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and are manufactured from renewable resources. But if designer labels are not your cup of tea, you can still use home-mixed cleaners to achieve the same result. Baking soda and vinegar can be used to clean just about anything. Just mix both of them in a little warm water, and youíll create an all-purpose cleaner.

Repair Your Vacuum Cleaner Instead of Buying a New One

Having an under-performing vacuum cleaner that canít even pick up the tiniest dirt can be frustrating. Every time an appliance like that breaks down, one is usually tempted to throw away the whole thing and buy a new one. However, this kind of behavior is not favorable to the environment. If everybody would just throw away their electrical equipment, it would raise the countryís energy consumption. If your vacuum cleaner malfunctions, there is always the option of getting it repaired. Fixing it with central vacuum parts is a great alternative to buying a new one. When the vacuum cleaner reaches the end of its lifetime, its parts should be disassembled to be re-used and recycled. Choosing to repair your vacuum cleaner will not only save you money but also reduce wastage thus benefiting the environment.

Avoid Antibacterial Cleaners

Many people are obsessed with antibacterial cleaners. Some think they are a necessity, especially during the cold season. As it turns out, these antibacterial cleaners donít clean hands any better than regular soap and water. The FDA has confirmed that the hand cleansers and antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soap and water and that we should avoid them.

Antibacterial cleaners usually leave a residue on the surface after being wiped off. The residue is intended to continue killing germs afterward. However, studies have shown that the use of these products can actually promote the development of ďsuper germs,Ē which are resistant to the products.

We all want to live in a clean house, but sometimes we end up polluting the environment and putting our health at risk in the name of cleaning. Most of the cleaning products we use in our homes are petroleum based and release toxins to the environment. We should replace them with eco-conscious products that will get the job done just as well.

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