How To Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products For Your Entire Home

By on 23 October, 2017 in DIY with 0 Comments

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For the Earth-conscious homeowner, cleaning can become a bit tricky, especially in between seasons. There’s so much to think about, from bathrooms and kitchens to gutters and gardens, that it can be overwhelming to try and think of the best ways to keep it all clean and tidy without chemicals.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can integrate natural, chemical-free cleaning products into everyday use around your house that will be safe for your family, even if you have very young children or infants. The key is to learn how to read labels and where you can use everyday items in other ways; you can even find out how to make some of your own cleansers, if that appeals to you. Here are some of the best tips on natural cleaning and how to make it work for you.

Figure out your needs

Take a look at your home and figure out what your immediate needs are; do you have pets or small children? If your carpet and furniture could use some love, try Ecos products. They’re made from only replenishable resources and never test on animals, as the company is committed to their goal of being as eco-friendly as possible. Offering everything from pet stain remover to dish soap to fruit and veggie wash, Ecos has you covered for Earth-conscious cleansers.

Go simple

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on those fancy cleansers at the store; for many of your basic household cleaning needs, plain old vinegar and warm water can work miracles. You can use it on tile and grout, shower heads, the microwave, and even your hair when you start to feel shampoo buildup. According to Today, it can even help remove stubborn pet urine from carpets.

Don’t forget the garden

Anyone who’s ever tried to tend a garden knows how difficult it can be to keep plants safe from pesky bugs, but this is one place you definitely don’t want chemicals. Pesticides are one of the main causes of the dwindling bee population, which can have a devastating effect on our food production system. Keep the bees safe – and your plants beautiful – by using a mixture of dish soap and vegetable oil, or a garlic mixture that will keep the bugs well away. For info on how to create these sprays, read on here.

Tidy up

One of the best ways to avoid using chemicals in your home is simply to keep it nice and clean. It can be hard to see what our homes really look like when we’re in them every day, so look at each room with a critical eye and make decisions on how best to declutter. A general rule is to get rid of anything you haven’t used or worn in six months or more, and use plastic tubs with lids to store heavily seasonal clothing such as bathing suits or sweaters when you aren’t using them. Get organized in the kitchen with wire shelving in the pantry and cabinets, and donate anything you feel you’ve got enough use out of.

Decluttering not only helps you keep your home free of dust, dust mites, and bacteria, it can also boost your mood and even your mental health. Having a clean home can help you feel better in general, especially if you add a few green plants to help bring in fresh air. If you’re unsure about how to get started, Redfin.com has some great tips.

There are many ways you can introduce more eco-friendly habits in your home, including installing an energy-efficient hot water heater or stove and sealing up any cracks around doors and windows to keep your carbon footprint – and your utility bills – down. Talk to your family members about how everyone can do their part.

Jackie Waters is the founder of Hyper-Tidy.com

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