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HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogSpring is the perfect time to freshen up your home and get rid of some of the clutter that has been collecting over the last few months. If you want your home to be as eco-friendly as possible, then you will need to invest a little extra time and energy into your spring cleaning chores. These few tips and tricks will limit the amount of waste that your home produces and reduce your overall carbon footprint. Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaners Some of the most popular cleaners on the market are filled with harmful toxins such as formaldehyde, chloroform, and nonylphenol ethoxylate. As an alternative, you can make your own cleaners at home with simple ingredients like lemon juice, white vinegar, baking powder, and salt. Those four household products can be used to clean almost every surface imaginable. They are also completely non-toxic, and that means you can use them around pets and young children. Service Your Appliances Servicing a few of the major appliances throughout your home is a simple project that could save you quite a bit of money every year. Most appliances that use water can easily be cleaned and sanitized with white vinegar that has been diluted with warm water. White vinegar breaks apart pockets of sediment so that the water can flow freely. Depending on what types of appliances you own, you might also need to change out air and water filters. Donate What You Can Donating your old clothes, toys, and household products is another simple way to reduce your carbon footprint. Many non-profit organizations will even pick up those supplies as long as they are gently used and properly stored in boxes and bags. You also have the option of listing your unwanted belongings on local online forums and exchange boards. Families throughout your community might be happy to take old school supplies, cleaners, garments, and furniture off your hands. Sort Your Waste If you have a significant amount of waste to get rid of, then you will most likely need to hire a skip bin. When choosing a skip bin, you should make sure that the company properly sorts all of the waste at a licensed recycling facility. Some of the products in your home might sit in a landfill for decades if they aren’t recycled. Hiring a bin for a few days will also allow you to take your time while sorting through your household goods. Cleaning and decluttering your home doesn’t need to involve harsh toxic cleaners or piles of trash heading to the landfill. With a little bit of hard work, you can rejuvenate and refresh your home without harming the environment.
HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogSpring weather has a tendency to motivate us to straighten our yards or do a major cleaning in the house. Not only are cobwebs noticeable in the corners but every speck of dirt in your home is visible In fact, now is the time to open the doors and windows, let the house air out and do some major spring cleaning. If you are reluctant to bring out the harsh and toxic chemicals, there are more Eco friendly options. In addition, many of the green solutions actually do a great job disinfecting and cleaning. For instance, one of the best natural cleaners is vinegar. In truth, it is almost the only cleaner you really need. Vinegar is a multi-purpose product that can be used for laundry, getting rid of bugs, as a disinfectant, an antibacterial and as a cleaner. As a Disinfectant Most disinfectants are quite toxic such as bleach (chlorine), ammonia and hydrochloric acid. In truth, these cleaning agents are not the best to have around, especially if you have children. Thankfully, vinegar is an excellent alternative as a disinfectant. Not only is it a safer but it is also much cheaper. Plus if the smell of vinegar bothers you, just add a little bit of your favorite essential oil to the mix. The ideal solution for a disinfectant is half water and half vinegar. Just remember, the more you dilute the solution the weaker disinfectant you will have. Add the mixture to a spray bottle to make cleaning easier. For Cleaning Windows Vinegar and water is one of best solutions for cleaning windows. Not only does the vinegar cut through dirt and grime but it leaves your glass shiny. A basic solution would be one part water and one part vinegar. The mixture can also be made ahead of time. If your windows are brand new, like those from Gilkey Windows, then it’s important to make sure that you clean your windows regularly to keep them looking new. An All-Purpose Cleaner The recipe for an all-purpose cleaner is similar to the disinfectant except it is diluted. Add 1 ½ cups water, ½ cup vinegar, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 3-5 drop of essential oils such as orange or lemon to a spray bottle. Use for cleaning around the house like the walls, counter-tops, blinds, door knobs and other surfaces. Floor Cleaner Vinegar is one of the best floor cleaners around. It disinfects, cleans and cuts through grime. In addition, vinegar leaves a nice shine to your floor without being slippery like some floor cleaners. In a large bucket, add ½ gallon of warm water and 1/3 to ½ cup of vinegar. Soak a sponge or mop with the solution making sure to wring out any excess water. Clean the floor and rinse the mop when needed. Allow to dry. Vinegar has numerous other uses for the household like getting rid of stubborn odors in a room, , cleaning the toilet, removing stickers from the wall and for cleaning various metals such as copper, brass, silver and pewter.