We all know that some of the most fun times families have can also be some of the messiest — from spilled spaghetti sauce on your child’s favorite t-shirt to mud tracks across your kitchen floor. And though cleaning isn’t really anyone’s idea of fun, you can at least make it more environmentally friendly. Here are some ways to do so:
- Take a walk down the green aisle. Whether you’re trying to sop up a spill or get out spots, greener household cleaning products can do the trick and help keep the environment healthy. Seek out earth friendly products, such as PRIDEClean, Green Works, and Simple Green. Even traditional cleaners can be eco-friendly: Clorox’s new concentrated bleach products use 20 percent less energy (light bulb hours), water, paper and plastic, each year.
- Go the homemade route. Take a cue from the many #WinItWednesday participants who turn to kitchen cupboards, pantries, and even fruit bowls to make homemade cleaning supplies when running low on favorite cleaning products.
- Another winner,@anithak8 tackles garbage disposal odors by crushing up a lemon or orange to replace that not-so-pleasant smell with a lovely fragrance.
- According to @kissesforall, if you’re trying to get your tarnished silver to sparkle, all you need is boiling water, vinegar, and baking soda in a foil lined pot.
- To get your wood furniture gleaming, @ladylisa1suggests applying two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice to furniture with a soft cloth.
- Give clothes the natural treatment. Air dry clothes when possible to reduce electricity usage by the dryer. Before that, use the cold water setting when washing clothes to reduce heating energy bills—and in some cases it’s actually better for your clothes, especially dark and brightly-colored fabrics. And @neenay suggests using ¼ cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle as fabric softener and, if you must use the dryer, cut up some old shirts or rags and mix with essential oils to use as dryer sheets.
- Recycle your closet. There’s no need to spend extra money on cleaning rags. You can also use that old t-shirt or even one of those socks that lost its match in the dryer. Lone socks, as @zippy573 tweeted, are also perfect for dusting because you can simply slip one on your hand and dust away. The fabrics provide a great absorbency that you can’t always find in store-bought rags.
What are your favorite ways to make cleaning green?