A lot of people are interested when it comes to going green. Many homeowners would like to try it out. If you are one of those who would like to have a more environmentally friendly home, then we have listed here some of the things that you can try out in order to achieve that.
Benefits of Going Green
Why should you go green in the first place? There are several benefits that you can get when you decide to go green. By adapting environmentally friendly practices you can be sure that you will be safer. Some of the practices that can harm the environment are also ones that can cause harm to people and you would be better off if you do not go on with such practices. Green practices are generally considered to be a lot safer than what we have been used to. By going green you can also save some money. Environmentally friendly practices usually call for the use of homemade materials that are for the most part cheaper that the materials that are specially made and sold.
Not Using Harsh Cleaning Products
You might be unaware of it, but the usual cleaning products that are used in most homes are probably some of the harshest chemicals that a majority of humans would be exposed to in their lives. We always hear about fear of toxic chemicals and dangerous materials coming from various industries, but what we are unaware is that the chemicals that we should be on the lookout for are the ones that we use quite often.
The best step that you can make your home more environmentally friendly is by practicing
green cleaning. Green cleaning is the practice of cleaning without using chemicals that can cause harm to the environment. Harsh chemicals are not only bad for the health of humans exposed to it, but it can also contaminate the water supply.
Because you will not use harsh chemicals when you do green cleaning you will have to make your own cleaning materials. The best materials for that are the common materials that can be found in your home. Here are some of the more basic household materials that you can use for green cleaning.
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Club soda
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Corn meal
- Essential oils
These household materials can be used alone or they can be mixed with others to make a solution. As you can see, these materials are all common and they can be found in almost any home. Being exposed to these materials will not cause any harm at all.
Vinegar can be used as a disinfectant. You can use it in order to clean surfaces to make sure that it would be free from harmful microorganisms. Baking soda is one of the most useful household materials for cleaning. It is effective for removing unpleasant odors inside the home. You can also use baking soda for scouring surfaces.
Borax is the common name for sodium bromate and it is useful in several ways for home cleaning. Like baking soda, it is effective when it comes to removing unpleasant odors. It can also remove dirt from surface and it might even be effective as a disinfectant. Hydrogen peroxide on the other hand is probably the most effective nontoxic bleach that you can use.
When you want to remove stains from surfaces, you can use club soda. It is also effective as a polisher of surfaces. Lemon juice can also be used as bleach and is also useful for removing grease. Did you spill something on your carpet? Don’t despair because you can use corn meal for that. If you want to do some polishing of furniture then you can use olive oil instead of the commercial furniture polishers that are available in the market.
Using oils from such natural ingredients like lavender, peppermint or lemongrass can add a very pleasant smell to your cleaning solution.
Using Green Cleaning Materials
These green cleaning materials are used in different ways. Some can be used for cleaning specific areas or materials, while others can be used for almost any cleaning purpose. It would be helpful if you knew how these different materials can be used properly. We have listed here some of the solutions that you can create with the materials that we have listed.
As the name would suggest, all-purpose cleaners can be used for cleaning any surface. There are several household materials that you can use in order to create an all-purpose cleaning solution. You can mix vinegar and borax and place that in a spray bottle. You can spray that on all the surfaces that you need to clean. You can also use club soda and place it in a spray bottle.
One of the most difficult things to clean in your house is the carpet. When something gets spilled on it, you can bet that it would take a great deal of trouble to have it removed. Usually, you would have to rely on some harsh chemical cleaners in order to have those stains and spills removed. You can use a combination of borax, baking soda and corn meal for cleaning carpet spills without using harsh chemicals.
Bathroom Surface Cleaning
Another area in the house that is usually cleaned with some harsh chemicals would be the bathroom. It is critical that the bathroom should be cleaned regularly because the moisture can cause microorganisms to grow, but you have to be careful about the chemicals that you use.
Mold can be a very serious problem at home. Mold can cause health issues and in some serious cases even death. There are some chemicals that can be used for cleaning mold, but why use that when there are household materials that you can use instead? You can combine hydrogen peroxide, water and some vinegar. You can spray that on the infested area with mold and leave for some time.
Waste Reduction and Waste Segregation
All households produce waste and this waste output poses a huge problem. Garbage would take up space and there are no suitable ways of disposing of the staggering amount of waste that humans produce. That’s not counting the hazardous wastes which are chemicals that can cause harm to humans.
So each household should aim to reduce the amount of waste produced. It might not seem like much but when added all up, the reduction in waste can be substantial. There are many ways that this can be achieved. You can start by changing your shopping and purchasing habits. When you buy things, get those products that would produce less waste, like those with minimal packaging materials.
When you have reduced the amount of waste that your household is producing, the next step is to learn how to recycle or reuse some of the things that you are planning on throwing away. Many of the things that you throw away can be used for some other purposes. You need to learn how to do that to do your part.
These are just some of the simple steps that you can take so that you can have a household that is environmentally friendly.