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It's that time of year again where everyone is in the mood to give their homes a good spring clean. In this blog we explore some eco-friendly ways to help you clean your home, whilst minimising your impact on the environment.
Use Natural Cleaners
Using all-natural cleaning supplies is a far healthier and safer choice for you and the environment. For a start, you’ll avoid breathing in the harsh chemicals in toxic cleaning products. Conventional cleaning products are also bad news for the Earth’s natural resources, as they contain phosphorus and nitrates. These chemicals then end up in waterways and poison your local ecosystem. Instead of using chemical-based cleaners, try these alternatives using ingredients that you can find in your home.
Vinegar is great for getting rid of soap scum, washing dryers and disinfecting surfaces - just put it into a spray bottle with water and you're ready to go!
Lemon juice is great for cleaning appliances. The acidity can get rid of built up dirt in your oven, microwave and descale your kettle. It is also great for cleaning mirrors and windows, whilst leaving the house smelling fresh.
Baking soda is a great deodoriser. You can use it in bins to absorb smells and on clothes to remove stains. It’s also great for washing your fruit and veg. Pair with lemon juice or vinegar to remove tough stains and grease on surfaces.
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Use Reusable Cleaning Tools and Appliances
Instead of using disposable wipes and paper towels, use reusable cleaning cloths and sponges. This will help reduce waste as you can throw them in the wash when dirty and they are ready to use again. As well as reducing waste, reusable cloths will save money as you won't have to re-stock when they run out. We recommend multi-purpose micro-fiber cloths and scourer sponges.
Additionally, when buying cleaning appliances such as hoovers or washing machines, choose energy-efficient models that consume less electricity. By using energy efficient appliances, it will not only lower your utility bills but also contribute to a greener and more sustainable future. As consumers, we have the power to make a significant impact on energy consumption by choosing energy-efficient appliances for our homes.
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Avoid Air Fresheners
Air fresheners smell great, but they often contain chemicals that are harmful to your health and the environment. The chemicals found in air fresheners are commonly used to prolong the fragrance in air fresheners, but they can mimic hormones in the body and interfere with productive health, development, and overall hormonal balance. Many air fresheners also come in single-use plastic containers that contribute to the already dire plastic pollution problem. Additionally, the chemicals in air fresheners can contaminate the environment when they are released into the air or disposed of improperly.
By changing to natural alternatives, we can reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals and improve the overall quality of the air we breathe, keeping your home smelling fresh while keeping you healthy. Some natural options are essential oils, pomander balls, baking soda, fragrant houseplants and beeswax candles. The best thing is you can find most of these ingredients in your own kitchen!
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Recycle and Dispose of Waste Properly
Recycling helps conserve our planet's limited natural resources. By reusing materials, we decrease the need for extracting, refining, and processing raw materials. For instance, recycling paper reduces the number of trees cut down, which preserves forests and maintains the delicate balance of ecosystems.
Recycling is a powerful tool for creating a sustainable and environmentally conscious society. From conserving natural resources to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling offers an array of benefits that positively impact our planet and future generations. By promoting recycling practices and supporting initiatives that prioritise waste reduction and reuse, we can make a difference to climate change, protecting ecosystems, and building a more sustainable world.
If you have any tips on how to be more sustainable when cleaning your home, please share them with us!