The air in your home may be more toxic than the air outside and this is often due to toxic chemicals in home cleaning supplies. To reduce chemical pollutants in your home there are plenty of natural options with no toxic side effects. As a matter of fact, the basic supplies you’ll need to make your own green cleaners are probably already in your own kitchen: distilled white vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and baking soda, and olive oil. Essential oils are nice additions to your cleaners for making your environment smell better without the addition of chemicals.
Here are a few easy recipes to keep your home clean and free from toxic chemicals:
Windows: Mix 4 tablespoons lemon juice + 1/2 gallon of water. Use lint-free cloths to clean away the dirt and grime.
Mirrors and glass: Combine 2 cups water + 1/2 cup vinegar + 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray onto mirrors or glass and rub with a cloth to remove spots and smudges.
Wood: Combine 2 parts olive oil + 1 part lemon juice. Apply to wood cloth and rub into wood trims.
Countertops and bathroom tile: Mix 2 parts vinegar + 1 part baking soda + 4 parts water in a spray bottle and use as necessary.
Floors (ceramic tile, linoleum, vinyl, or wood): Mop with 1 cup vinegar + 1 gallon warm water. No need to rinse and the smell of vinegar will disappear when your floor dries. If your vinyl or linoleum floor look a bit dull after this treatment, mop it again with club soda.
Carpets: Eliminate odors by sprinkling your carpets with baking soda and then vacuum.
Toilet bowls: Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda and swish around the bowl.
Tarnished copper or brass antiques: Make a paste using equal parts salt, vinegar, and flour, then rub the paste onto the entire surface, let dry, then wipe off dried paste. Another option is to slice one lemon, dip it in salt, then rub the item with the salted lemon, rinse, and dry.
Another way to make your home cleaning routine more green is to ditch the paper towels. You’ll not only prevent landfill waste, but you’ll save trees and money. Try using clean, lint-free, microfiber cleaning cloths. Either purchase some reusable, washable cloths or repurpose old towels, bedding, T-shirts, or cloth diapers.
The air flow in your home also affects how often you are cleaning. To be sure that you aren’t cleaning more often than necessary due to dirty air flowing through your home, be sure to have your heating and cooling air ducts are inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Atlanta Air Care can help you be sure that your home’s air is as clean as possible by inspecting and, if necessary, cleaning your home’s air ducts. Even if you are using green cleaning products, no one wants to have to perform their cleaning tasks more often than necessary. Let us help you cut down on the frequency of your cleanings. Try some of our green cleaning recipes to ensure your home’s air is free of as many unnecessary chemicals and pollutants as possible and call us today to be sure that your air ducts are in their best possible shape.