Chemical cleaners sure do the job, but they can also be abrasive on your hands and respiratory system. In most cases they also aren’t necessary, we have just become so reliant on them to keep our homes clean. This habit can be bad for our health but also for the environment.
If your New Year’s resolution was to take a step back and live life more organically, then the best place to start is your home.
Natural Home Cleaning Solutions
You can pretty much clean your entire home with natural solutions – humanity has been doing it for millennia, after all. Here is a roundup of our best home-tips for the eco-conscious:
Organic Home Cleaners
Natural cleaning solutions can be made right at home and are very effective in keeping your house clean. They won’t kill 99.9% of germs as some chemical solutions promise, but unless you are sick, these natural solutions will work wonders. Made at home, they are also incredibly budget-friendly. Be sure to read the instructions properly, however, and also follow them correctly.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you want to keep your home clean and smelling fresh, this is the dream team. Bicarbonate works to clean dirt and deodorize your home, while white vinegar has been used for centuries to clean stains, dirt, mold, and mildew.
Lemon is naturally anti-bacterial and works to keep white items, white.
With these two combined you can make a really powerful everyday cleaner. Add some essential oil of your choosing to add a delicious smell throughout your home. There are so many different recipes available that will use these three ingredients that will tackle every job from cleaning your microwave to cleaning your carpet.
Laundry might seem like one of those areas you just can’t avoid buying store-bought soap for, but that isn’t true. One of the most effective alternatives is castile soap or with soap nuts, which can be used as laundry detergent, dish soap, floor cleaner or even shampoo. They are naturally grown, just need to be placed in a pouch, and chucked in with your washing. Each batch of castile soap will last four to five washes and then just need to be composted!
Though you shouldn’t attempt to get rid of pests from your home yourself – you’ll just invite more in as they breed continuously while you try different organic methods – there are organic solutions available. Some pest control companies offer organic pest termination and insulation so that you can get rid of fleas, cockroaches, or whatever pest is plaguing your home naturally without man made chemicals.
Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Home
If you want to go even further for an eco-friendly home then you will also want to:
- Go zero waste and instead invest in bulk buys and farmers markets for food.
- Sort through your recyclables to make sure your items actually do get recycled.
- Invest in a compost for all your food waste
- Grow your own food for the freshest, organic produce you’ll ever have
- Replace current cleaning products with items that are better for the earth, like eco friendly dishwasher pods
An organic home is one that isn’t just healthier for you, it’s better for your wellbeing. Work in steps and make small switches as you go to find what is most comfortable (and cost-effective) for you.
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