6 Green Cleaning Tips
It’s not easy being green. Especially when it comes to cleaning products! Some of the harshest chemicals that harm the environment (and sometimes even human health) are found in the cleaning product aisle. Avoiding these brands might seem impossible, but there are lots of home remedies for cleaning that can reduce your environmental impact.
At Blue Flame, we love to encourage eco-friendly practices in homes and businesses everywhere. Here are our six green cleaning tips to help you reduce harsh chemicals in your cleaning routine.
1. Disinfect and Deodorize with White Vinegar
Scrub the surfaces in your bathroom and kitchen with a natural product from your own pantry. Pour some white vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz stained surfaces. Let it soak in for a while, then wipe it away and rinse with some warm water.
2. Unclog Drains with Boiling Water
Any plumber will tell you to avoid pouring cleaning products down your drains because they erode the pipes over time and are not truly safe for your plumbing. A natural alternative is simply boiling water. Place a washcloth over the drain and pour the boiling water over it and into the pipes. Use a plunger to help you break up whatever is clogging it inside. Repeat two to four times until the clog breaks apart and flows away. If hot water alone doesn’t do the trick, try some vinegar and baking soda. Pour ½ a cup of each down the drain and leave it overnight. The next day, pour boiling water after it.
3. Polish Wood with Olive Oil
Use pure olive oil or a mixture of olive oil, vinegar, and hot water to polish wooden furniture and hardwood floors.
4. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
This can be a great remedy for anyone with sensitive skin, and it saves you money on detergent. Mix water, baking soda, salt, and unscented castile soap in this homemade detergent recipe.
5. Remove Airborne Toxins with Houseplants
For anyone with allergies or asthma, it can be a struggle to breathe easily when airborne pollutants sneak past your HVAC filter and into your home. Check out our list of house plants that can improve your indoor air quality by removing toxins from the air.
6. Reduce Dust with a New Air Filter
Dust can pile up fast on the surfaces in your home. One of the best ways to reduce this phenomenon is to change your air filter regularly. We recommend changing your filter at least once every three months, but if you live in a home with lots of pet hair or suffer from bad allergies, once per month might be an even better idea.
Give these green cleaning tips a try!
We hope these green cleaning tips will help you discover new ways to keep your home looking fresh without relying on harsh chemicals.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.