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Green Cleaning Methods for a Safer Environment

These days everyone is looking for ways to make their lives a little more environmentally friendly. One easy way to go green is to think about the ways in which you clean your home and do your laundry. Even small changes can make your day-to-day life a little greener.



Green Cleaners
Trading in your old chemical-based cleaners doesn’t have to mean sacrificing performance. Today’s greener products work just as well as conventional cleaners but substitute eco-friendly ingredients for environmentally damaging ones.

What to Look Out For
“Greenwashing” – the practice of putting products in “green”-looking packaging without really changing the ingredients – means that you have to be a little bit smart about choosing your cleaning products. Look out for biodegradable detergents that are based on vegetable oils. Unlike conventional detergents, which often have a petrochemical base, these greener detergents break down harmlessly in the environment. Marseilles soap is a traditional cleaner with a long and venerable history that’s made with pure olive oil. Detergents based on coconut oil smell good and have lots of lovely suds.
As well as being less environmentally friendly, some perfumes can be irritating to sensitive individuals, causing skin rashes, rhinitis and even asthma. Look for unperfumed cleaning products and add your own scents using essential oils.

Homemade Cleaning Products
You can save money and do your bit for the environment by making your own cleaning products at home. Simple, inexpensive ingredients can make surprisingly effective cleaners. Pure borax is a very powerful cleaning ingredient that’s great for tackling heavy grease and grime around the home.
Sodium bicarbonate – better known as the humble baking soda – can be used in a number of different ways; it’s an effective deodorizer for your refrigerator and can really help to remove grease from pots and pans. To get your carpets smelling fresh again, place baking soda in a plastic baggie with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Sprinkle a little of the fragranced baking soda on your carpets and leave it for 10 minutes before vacuuming.

Laundry
Switching to greener products doesn’t mean accepting clothes that are less than fresh. Replace harsh chlorine bleaches with hydrogen peroxide; this breaks down harmlessly into water, hydrogen and oxygen. To tackle grease spots, rub the stain with powdered chalk and leave to set for a few minutes before placing the item in the washing machine. For heavier grease stains, rub the stain with borax before washing. Pre-treating stains in this way often means that you can use shorter, cooler settings when you wash your clothes.

As well as changing your cleaning products, look for ways to use less water and energy when doing your laundry. Only wash full loads and try to use a cooler setting. When drying clothes, avoid using a tumble dryer – these burn a large amount of electricity and represent very poor value for money. Instead, line dry your clothes outdoors in the fresh air. If drying outdoors isn’t a possibility, invest in retractable clothes lines that you can use inside the home.
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