Basic Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Tips


Find the best natural ways to clean your home.

1. Try not to use propellant-powered aerosol spray products. They usually release their ingredients in the form of easily inhaled microscopic droplets that stay suspended in your airspace for hours after you use them. It’s always best to use manual powered spray products, or even better those you can apply with a fabric based cloth.

2. Use only cleaning products made from safe natural and not-toxic ingredients to prevent exposure to the dangerous synthetic chemicals that traditional cleaners often contain.

Most cleaning solutions that you see in your local supermarket can be produced in the comfort of your own home, by using eco friendly ingredients like vinegar or lemon juice. They often do a better job and are safer.

3. Do not let dust accumulate over a length of time in your home, as it will eventually lead to breathing problems and ill health. Regularly dust all surfaces in your home with a damp cloth to ensure that household dust and their mites, which can collect harmful toxins, are completely removed from surfaces, and not redistributed back into your home environment.

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4. Ventilate your home on a regular basis by opening windows and doors a few times during the day to expel stale air and any pollutants that have accumulated inside your home. This will improve your indoor air quality and your general health too.

5. Baking soda is such an important ingredient to have in the home. It has several great uses and can freshen up everything from carpets to drains. Simply sprinkle it where you want to clean, and then let stand for a few hours, or in some cases overnight. Vacuum well or rinse odours or dirt away the next day.


6. Use warm water to clean surfaces in your home. Most synthetic chemicals and other harmful pollutants often accumulate unseen on the surfaces of many objects you are cleaning. Hot water easily turns many of these substances into breathable vapour. This can cause breathing problems and trigger allergic reactions in some people.

7. Steam cleaning your home is one of the most effective ways to completely sanitise most surfaces in your home, but it is advisable to wear a mask for this type of cleaning, so you don’t breathe in any chemicals that have been activated by the hot steam.

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8. If you can, use a chlorine-free dishwasher detergent for cleaning. Chlorine in traditional detergents are easily vaporised by hot dishwasher water and then released into your home atmosphere. It’s surprising that in many areas, hot water is not recommended for cleaning certain items at home.

9. Vacuum cleaners with a H.E.P.A. filter are ideal for cleaning your home thoroughly from top to bottom. The special filters trap unhealthy dust particles, dust mites, pollen, smoke, allergens and over 99.97% of the common pollutants that are present in every home. Regular cleaning with a H.E.P.A. vacuum will improve your indoor air quality, which has important health benefits for the whole family.

10. Politely ask your visitors to remove their shoes when entering your home. They will not track in harmful dirt or pollutants from outside if you insist on this. You would be amazed at the amount of dirt that is dragged into the average home everyday, especially in the summer.

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