Did you know that our day to day activities can largely impact our environment in a negative way? Whether it is keeping the lights on all day or throwing away recyclable materials, our actions have consequences, which include pollution, rapid depletion of irreplaceable resources and more. When it comes to green living, doing away with the cleaning products we have become so accustomed to using plays a big role.
Floor cleaning products can contain harsh ingredients and chemicals that can be harmful to both the environment, you, and your home. While these products may have proven to be effective cleaning solutions, there are green cleaning alternatives that you can find around the house that work just as well, if not better.
- Baking Soda. This is one of the most versatile items in your kitchen! It can be used to clean a number of surfaces in the kitchen, including tile and laminate; just sprinkle a bit on a damp wash cloth and wipe messes away. In the bathroom, you can use baking soda to scrub stains on tile showers, flooring, and even sink and toilet surfaces – just make a solution of three parts baking soda to one part water, let sit, and then scrub to remove any stains.
- Vinegar. Keep it handy in a spray bottle with equal parts water, and use it to clean up carpet spills by first absorbing as much liquid as you can with a cloth or sponge. Spray the solution, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then dab at the area with a cloth. You can also use the spray solution as a window cleaner. Just spray and then wipe with newspaper (to avoid streaking) or a cloth.
- Lemon. If your home has hardwood flooring that look a little less for ware, an everyday ingredient can fix them right up. To clean and polish your wood flooring, you’ll need lemon juice. Combine 1/2 a cup of lemon juice into a gallon of hot water with 3/4 cup of olive oil. The hot water and lemon juice work to clear the floor of dirt, dust, and debris while the olive oil works to polish the surface and leave your hardwood shining. Use a mop to spread the solution around, then let it air dry for best results.
- Cornstarch. You might have thought cornstarch was only used to thicken sauces, but it works cleaning miracles in your floors, too. Use a solution of equal parts water and cornstarch to wipe away any marks or scuffs from wood flooring or furnishings you have.
If you’re passionate about living a green lifestyle, you can reduce your costs and feel good about saving the environment by going green with the cleaning products you use on your floors. At the end of the day, it’s all around beneficial to live a green life!
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