10 Ways to Get Green and Keep the Home Clean
It starts with an idea and soon becomes a lifestyle. Going green is easier than you think, even if you don’t “own” your home, and happen to reside in a massive apartment complex. You may not be able to renovate to LEED standards, but you can certainly offer your domicile a few great maintenance products, that will extend a friendly hand to the environment.
Check out this list of products and tips to help sanitize your living space, while offering the ability to heighten all of your home aesthetics while establishing your gratitude to the environment.
Add Green to Go Green in the Eco-Friendly Home
Want a greener environment, add some green. Quite literally, adding plants to your indoor environment is going to help reduce indoor air pollution. The plants will love you for your CO2 waste, and with proper care, will continue to fend off pollutants while doing what they do naturally: Produce Oxygen. Check out this article on how to bring plants into the home in order to create a more healthy indoor environment:Environmentally Friendly House Plants.
Get Rid of Chemical Cleaners and Switch to Seventh Generation
Don’t be tempted to use that old bottle of…wait, what is that stuff? The dreaded multi-purpose cleaner that has had its own label eaten off by the internal contents. If the label is rubbed off, consider it a blessing — you don’t want to know what’s in it anyway. From polluting the air to leaving chemical buildup, “industrial” strength cleaners should never replace natural remedies, or dare I say it, a little elbow grease. You can get a deeper clean with steam and a clean cotton cloth, than you’ll ever get with “Black Oven Crap Super Remover.” A general rule of thumb, if it burns your skin on contact, don’t use it!
Why not use something like anything from the line of products produced by Seventh Generation. They are the leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally safe household cleaning products in the nation.
With distribution in thousands of health and grocery stores nationwide, availability is high and the payoff is big with regard to the maintenance of one’s own health, the cleanliness of one’s domicile and the collective stewardship of the planet.
Mrs. Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner
If you’re going to keep your house clean, you’ve got to have an all purpose cleaner like Mrs. Meyer’s ($7.99 for 32 oz.) to knock out everything from stove tops to toilets. With a variety of fragrances to choose from, you’ll get the deep, natural clean, with the added aromatherapy. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Cleaning Products are available at Mrs. Meyers website. If you’ve been cleaning with bleach for years, seriously — stop and check this out.
Mrs. Meyer’s Window Spray
Ah yes, you can get that streak-free shine without the stink of ammonia, using Mrs. Meyer’s Window Spray ($4.99 for 20 oz.). You can’t clean a home, especially when going green, without a good, all natural window and glass cleaner. There are multiple aromatic scents to choose from, that won’t leave you gasping for fresh air after you’ve cleaned all your household mirrors and windows. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day: earth-friendly ingredients, biodegradable and cruelty-free.
Sol-U-Mel by Melaleuca
Another great, multi-purpose cleaner, you can use Melaleuca’s Sol-U-Mel (around $24.78) to cut through grease and any “permanent stains.” You can also deodorize garbage cans, moldy odors or stank bathroom smells, by simply adding water to this powerful concentrate. With the power of chemical cleaning products such as “Goo Be Gone,” you can use Sol-U-Mel on everything from road tar on your car to getting gum off of clothes or out of hair.
Sol-U-Guard Botanical by Melaleuca
A perfect alternative to killing air-borne bacteria, Sol-U-Guard by Melaleuca (around $7.14), an all natural solution, will give Lysol a run for its money. Sol-U-Guard has been put through rigorous tests versus the most common household bacterias: Salmonella, Staph, TB and even the dreaded Trichophyton mentagrophytes, a.k.a Athlete’s Foot fungus. Needless to say, this product is perfect for cleaning bathroom and food prep areas.
Allersearch Allergen Wash Laundry Detergent
Allersearch Allergen wash laundry detergent ($21.99) is a gift from somewhere special. Perfect to wash away allergens without harsh chemical bleach. Free from dyes and additives, this detergent is perfect for all machine washables, including permanent press and gentle cycle fabrics.
Mrs. Meyer’s Odor Removing Carpet Cleaner
If you’ve got pets, there’s a good chance you’ll need a carpet cleaner for those little accidents, or the occasional BIG accident. Meyer’s aromatic carpet cleaner ($7.99 for 22 oz. spray bottle) will work wonders to help eliminate the stain, and maybe more importantly, the associated odor.
A Simple Organic Lemon
Seriously. When life gives you lemons… clean the house. Although you’re not going to get through every stain or tough greasy spot by squeezing an organic lemon, this fruit contains one of the highest food acids, and is highly effective against many forms of bacteria found in the home. For example, after cutting meats on a chopping block/cutting board, wipe the board down with half a lemon and let the juice do its thing before scrubbing with a brush.
Consider Your Vacuum Cleaner
I don’t know if you can consider a vacuum cleaner “green,” but you can certainly say that companies are trying, while some are even taking that step. Tornado Industries, a Chicago based company, has been “cleaning” for nearly 100 years, and they are doing their best to answer the call to offer green cleaning solutions.