Approximately 77% of Americans wish to live more sustainably, and they are willing to pay more for green products. The wish to slow down global warming and reduce one’s annual carbon footprint is prevalent, and it extends to the cleaning products Americans are buying for their homes. If you wish to have a home that is spick and span, and 100% clean and sanitized, you don’t need to use bleach and other harsh chemicals. Read on to discover easy ways to keep your home in tip-top condition without harming the environment.
Steam Vacuuming Your Home
Investing in a powerful steam vacuum cleaner will save you money in the long run, as this equipment is able to kill bacteria and viruses without the use of chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency has warned Americans that the air quality in a typical home can be three to times worse than it is outside. Poor air quality is linked to a wide array of conditions, including asthma and other respiratory problems. Household cleaners such as sprays, grease, and toilet cleaners all contain powerful chemicals that do a great job at cleaning but that seriously affect the purity of the air you and your family are breathing.
Relying on Green Service Providers
If you live in a multi-storied home with high windows or an apartment complex and form part of a Homeowners’ Association, make sure to hire green cleaning companies for major work such as window cleaning. These companies use methods like pressure washing, manual gutter cleaning, and green products to leave your window sparking and completely transparent. For smaller windows and surfaces, you can make your own DIY spray comprising one part white vinegar and one part water. You can add a few drops of essential oils like lavender, clove, or peppermint to add a beautiful fragrance to your interiors.
Avoid Air Fresheners
Home fragrance sprays may smell wonderful, but they unleash a host of chemicals into the air that can be harmful to your health. The same can be said for paraffin candles, which can contribute to allergies, asthma, and other health issues. Instead, boil orange, lemon rind, and cinnamon and enjoy the beautiful, long-lasting scent that wafts through your home. Buy an essential oil diffuser (these cost less than €30) and fill them with fragrant essential oils like lavender (to calm your mood) or bergamot (to energize you).
Keeping your home spic and span and purifying your indoor air quality is easy. Use a steam vacuum instead of a barrage of products and for surface cleaners, polishers, and other products, make your purchases from green companies. Rely on green cleaning services when required and avoid artificial air fragrances and paraffin candles, using soy or beeswax candles instead and finding natural ways to fill your indoor air with appealing scents.