You likely have a whole host of cleaning materials under your sink or in a cupboard somewhere, but this cupboard can be an enclosure of poisons, that can leak and waft around the home, endangering the health of you and your family. You need only to look at hte back of one of these bottles to see the effects that such cleaners can have on the health of you and your children. Words like ‘caution’ or ‘harmful’ should ring alarm bells, so get rid of all of your harmful toxic cleaners and have them taken away by the council. Disposing of your toxic waste in the bin or down the sink will only endanger the environment, and damage the balance of eco systems around the country. The water table could well be affected by your disposal of these products in a day to day sense; the water systems that we use are not water tight, and leaks can lead to dangerous liquid seeping into the food chains and eco systems of thousands if not millions of different species of animal, insect, bird, fish and plant, so it is worth doing your bit to contribute to the well being of the planet and buying new cleaners that are not harmful, or even using natural cleaners.
Using lemon, vinegar and baking powder can be the full list of ingredients that you need to make up a series of great cleaning solutions, all of which will greatly improve the effect of cleaning materials on your health and the environment, whilst also helping you clean your home just as effectively. things like rock salt can be added for tough stains, so look on the internet for further recipes for cleaning involving these natural ingredients.
Have a look at the tools that you use as well. What are your mops, bucket, sponges and cloths made from? You should look in to using planet friendly tools and products that have an emphasis on being hard wearing and long lasting, rather than the throw away nature of many of the things that we currently use in the cleaning process. You will no doubt find that when you look carefully and think about it a little, there is a lot of disposal involved in cleaning, especially of cloths and paper towels, so see if you can put a stop to this and make your cleaning process more sustainable.
If you live in a hard water area, you should avoid using soap for cleaning, as the hard water will calcify it and produce soap scum. If you are aware of the conditions that you are working in, you can change your game in the cleaning department and reduce wasted effort and materials.
You can use plants as a way to make the place look nicer, but also to purify the air. One of the best ways to increase the air purity is to surround yourself with plants that have a high photosynthesis rate, like money plants. You should also look in to plants that require as little watering as possible, as there is a lot to be said for saving water. You should never leve taps running unless you are doing something specific, as there is a large demand for water across the globe, and it is one of our most precious resources!
You will likely be keen to make your home as eco responsible as possible, so follow our guide and you can live safe in the knowledge that you are helping the planet out.