Easy Green Cleaning Practices for Home Owners

Cleaning the home is made even healthier when you can accomplish your goals without the use of chemical products. The bulk of cleaning products in the market are harmful not just to the cleaners and homeowners, but also the environment into which the effluent will eventually trickle. Here are a few ways in which you can avoid contributing to this environmental problem. The solutions below don’t necessarily replace the need to hire a carpet cleaning and maid service, or buy commercial products, but they can help to reduce your environmental impact, and save you money.

  • Learn how to make your own cleaning products

Many of the most effective green cleaning products include ingredients that are easily available in most household kitchens. Items such as vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, olive oil and cornstarch are commonly available, and can be cheaply bought in bulk for both cooking and cleaning purposes. There are tons of simple recipes that can be prepared for cleaning everything from clothing to windows.

  • Buy Green

There is a growing niche of green cleaning products in the market. Even though you may not find many options at your local store, you can likely find a local supplier online. The prices are just as competitive as chemical based cleaning products meaning you will not have to dig deeper into your wallet. Also, talk to your cleaning provider. Many cleaning companies today make an effort to offer these kinds of products for clients who are more environmentally conscious. This is an easier solution where you may not have as much time to learn the varied recipes for DIY home cleaners.

  • Open up a window

Many people imagine that in order to have a lovely smelling home, they must use toxic air fresheners. While the air may end up smelling sweeter, anyone with an allergy to certain smells may end up having a fit. Even in colder temperatures, it is better to simply open up the window briefly for a clean breeze to waft through and leave your home smelling fresh without artificial odors. There are also odor killing DIY recipes that include effective ingredients like vinegar and baking soda that work well in enclosed spaces like refrigerators.

  • Recycle

Many old items that we consider throwing out can come in very handy when wanting to clean the home. Rather than invest in caustic tile cleaners to get dirt out of the tile grout, make use of old toothbrushes that have finer bristles than most other cleaning brushes in the market. Apply baking soda on the bristles and scrub away to get dirt out and disinfect the surface. Old towels can also be kept around for drying wet tiles and as absorbent floor rags.

  • Hot water

Water is an underrated cleaning tool, especially when it comes to cleaning out drains. Rather than invest in harsh drain cleaners, or degreasers, when your pipes seem clogged up, why not make a habit of pouring hot water down the sink and bath regularly. Boiling water will quickly cut through grease and push it further down the line into the sewers.

Getting Ready to Receive a House Cleaner

Hand CleaningWhen we say getting ready for a house cleaner, the more conscientious amongst us may actually think of cleaning before the service provider arrives. This is however not what we mean. Remember that you want the cleaner to take care of the household duties you lack the time, desire or equipment to undertake on your own. House cleaners are not like other guests you invite into your home and hope to impress. They come in for the express purpose of lightening your load in keeping your home clean and presentable. Because they do however offer a paid service, you want to get the best value for money in the shortest time possible. Here are a few suggestions from the  Domestic Cleaning Bournemouth blog, of things you should do to ensure this is what happens.

  1. Keep pets out – pets, especially dogs, can be a real hassle when a person is trying to clean up. The more rambunctious types will pull laundry out of baskets, make marks on a freshly vacuumed carpet, track dirt in and out, and more. Do not let them interfere with your cleaner’s ability to quickly and peacefully get the job done. If they have behavioral problems, like barking at people they are unfamiliar with, this will be even more important.
  2. Pick up clothes off the floor – even though most cleaners are happy to pick up after you, this is a basic task that you would not want them wasting time on. Be sure to also advise your kids to put away stray items like toys, books and so on. If you have a home office or desk, be sure to also keep it tidy. Loose papers and other documents may be put together incorrectly by your cleaner when trying to tidy up and make it a nightmare for you to try and find them later.
  3. Know what was damaged – many homes often have some level of damage that does not call for urgent attention. A torn curtain, cracked vase and more can be present in your home, so make a quick inspection and note how everything looks. This is particularly important when allowing new cleaners into the home that you do not yet trust completely. Making a false accusation for damage that may already have existed to a house cleaner can prove highly embarrassing and offend them.
  4. Hide small valuables – this is again very important if you are yet to establish trust with your cleaners. Make sure to keep easily stolen and expensive valuables, like jewelry, important documents and money, stashed away from where your cleaner may find it. This will help you feel more comfortable about letting them loose around your house.
  5. Know what you want done – when you have specific household tasks that you need done, it is a good idea to list them to your cleaner upon arrival so he or she will not skip. You cannot accuse them of failure to perform an unusual task like recycling the trash if it is not on the itinerary.