As families have been spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and need frequent cleaning up. In the last few years, people have been more aware of which products to use when cleaning and many households are looking to lower their environmental impact. As a result, many prefer to avoid toxic cleaning products like bleach and ammonia and want to keep a careful eye on the ingredients of household cleaning products. To make your clean-up greener and healthier for you and your family, the following are some essential green cleaning supplies for every home.
Cornstarch is a natural abrasive that can improve cleaning power. It is highly absorbent and absorbs moisture, oils, and smells. Cornstarch is pH neutral which means it has no significant acidic or alkaline qualities and can be mixed with many household ingredients. To remove oil stains, sprinkle a good amount of cornstarch on the spill or smudges on laundry, fabrics, or leather to draw out the oil and let it sit for one hour after which you can dust it off and clean or launder the material as usual.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can help you achieve a really deep clean when you dilute this essential oil in a homemade recipe. It is commonly used for beauty products, however, tea tree oil is a versatile and eco-friendly option to use for cleaning around the house too. It has antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic properties which can neutralize the air against bacteria, mould, mildew, and fungus.
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and can be used in many ways to clean your home. It is acidic and is useful for getting rid of gummy build-up, rust, and hard water stains. When sprayed over tubs and shower walls, undiluted white vinegar will help you scrub away thick soap scum and mildew.
Baking soda is a mild alkali and dissolves dirt and grease easily in water. Baking soda absorbs odours in the air and is a great agent for many cleaning tasks. You can use it in litter boxes, garbage cans, and diaper pails to reduce smells. If you need to refresh your upholstery or carpet, sprinkle some baking soda on it and vacuum it after 15 minutes. You can also sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth to use as a gentle cleaner on counters, sinks, ovens, stoves, and tubs.
Instead of using paper towels, opt for reusable clothes and sponges. Your old T-shirts and towels can make great reusable cleaning tools. You can use old towels on your refillable sweeper mops, and your T-shirts can be cut into large squares to use as rags and dusting cloths.
One of the best practices that you can implement to keep your home looking pristine year-round is to hire professional cleaners. Regency Cleaning Services will meet each of your cleaning needs, from cleaning the outside of your home to every nook and cranny within your home. Our team will provide you with expert solutions that will make your house look and smell pristine. Book a service with us today!