Is your home a certified green cleaning home? What kind of home cleaning products do you use? Here are a few alternatives you can use while you do the day-to-day cleanup in your home.
According to an article at ecomaids.com, “Reduce Your Family’s Footprint”
“To really embrace green cleaning and reduce your family footprint, you have to go beyond the obvious. Maybe you’ve thrown out all the toxic chemicals, but have you examined your broom closet? Let’s have a look at your equipment and tools.
Non-Paper Towels: Every day, Americans throw out tons of disposable cleaning products that we could easily replace with reusable materials. Cut old tee shirts or towels into handy sizes to use for everything from spill cleaning to scrubbing. Remember those net tee shirts from the ‘80s? If you’ve got a few of those stored away for when they come back in style – never – cut them up for dish or bathroom scrubbers. Get creative and reuse old fabrics…and cut down on conspicuous consumption at the same time. If you’ve already donated all your old clothes to charity, stock up on microfiber cleaning cloths. They are durable, washable, and thin enough that you can store a whole stack in a handy drawer.
Microfiber Mop: Using a disposable product like Swiffer is easy, but it’s also wasteful and expensive. Washable microfiber mops made from recycled materials are far more environmentally friendly. The superior absorbency of microfiber means you can mop with a lot less water, reduce the amount of chemicals needed, and clean faster and more efficiently. In fact, a microfiber mop removes over 97% of household bacteria when used with plain water. Plus, a microfiber mop head is so durable that it can be washed and used over and over, at least six times longer than a traditional washable mop. You’ll find microfiber mops in most stores that sell cleaning supplies.
Vacuum Cleaner: The most important tool in your cleaning arsenal is your vacuum cleaner, so don’t skimp here. Buy the best one you can afford and keep it in good running order. It’s the best protection you have against airborne allergens, dust, dust mites, and assorted other grime you’d rather not think about. Get a vacuum cleaner that meets or exceeds the standards outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system and the Carpet & Rug Institute. When choosing a vacuum cleaner, decide whether you want HEPA bags for easier disposal but higher ongoing costs, or a container style with no bag that requires manual emptying and often additional maintenance.
Brooms and brushes: GreenSweep recycles old tires and plastics to form the rubbery grips on the company line of brooms and brushes. Bamboo, one of the most renewable resources on the planet due to its astounding rate of regrowth, is used for the handles, and the bristles are made from a mixed compound of recycled and natural rubber. These durable and affordable green cleaning tools are made to be used indoors or out.”