What does it really mean to “go green”, especially in your daily cleaning at home? It’s about learning how to live a more mindful, eco-friendly, and sustainable lifestyle. Here are some tips to be more eco-friendly when cleaning at home:

Reduce/Reuse/Reycle

  • Recycled Material Products – Make it a point to buy products from companies that specialize in eco-friendly items.
  • Start Composting – You can compost everything from dead flowers and plant-based kitchen scraps to shredded paper and used coffee grounds. It helps to reduce waste going to the local landfill while providing a nutrient boost for your flowers and/or vegetable garden.

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Green Cleaning

  • Baking soda and vinegar are not only great cleaners, but both are non-toxic and remarkably cheap.  To clean counters, simply sprinkle baking soda on a wet cloth and wipe it down. Vinegar can also be used as a disinfectant. Use a little lemon juice to help cover up the vinegar smell.
  • You can also use baking soda and vinegar to clear a clogged drain! First manually remove what you can from the drain, then add the vinegar mixture. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes, and then run some hot water down the drain.
  • Change your air filters regularly (once every three months is best if you have pets in your home) and upgrade your water heater. Then install a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature.
  • Clean your indoor air naturally. Skip the store-bought air fresheners and instead, try boiling cinnamon, cloves, or any other herbs you enjoy. Or simply open your windows and enjoy the nice weather!