Easy Inexpensive Green Cleaning Habits. Say that 3 times, fast, while chewing bubble gum, jumping up and down and patting your head. It can’t be done, so don’t try.
I’m going to get straight to it on this Soap Box Sunday. One thing I would like to say, and this is my own opinion, is that cleaning product manufactures are not your friends. They don’t give a crap about you or your family.
They only care about you purchasing what they have to sell and purchasing a lot of it. Haven’t you wondered why they don’t truly make one product you can use for everything. It’s all about marketing people. They could do it if they wanted to, but where is the profit in that?
One baby step, which by the way has saved me a ton of money, is to ditch the cleaning products. I put all the products in a box and let my non-green friends and family take what they wanted. I didn’t want to throw anything away. That would be a waste and that was a couple of years ago.
Then I began my journey to make cleaning up my cleaning act. Now days I use plant based products or make up my own concoctions to clean with. So far I’ve been pretty happy with the results.
10 Easy Inexpensive Green Cleaning Habits
- Stop the dirt from coming in or should I say slow it down. How? Leave your shoes at the door. There’s a lot of crap (literally coming in on them tootsies. :)
- Consider using a plant based cleaner that you can truly use on every surface. These products go a long way and one bottle of these type of cleaners take up a lot less room under the sink.
- I can’t say this enough. Down with paper towels. Use cloth napkins. I landed a bargain at an estate sale and purchased a few (about 20) for about 50¢ each. What a deal!
- Old throwaway clothes can be used as rags. I cut them up and keep them in a bin for future use. You won’t feel so bad if you need to toss them after use.
- Need clean air? Make your own air freshener. My nose is sensitive to heavy fragrances. I also know, when I smell those heavy scents, there are usually heavy chemicals drifting up my nostrils. Making your own can be done by simply adding a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils to water. Put it in a spray bottle and you have instant air freshening that won’t singe your nose hairs.
- Floors can be cleaned with a simple broom and or a microfiber mop. An example is the Starfiber StarMop Wet/Dry Microfiber Cleaning Kit The microfiber mop can be used on dry and wet surfaces. Then you throw the cloths in the laundry basket once you are done. They are reusable.
- Speaking of laundry, why not make your own laundry soap. I did. (Making your own laundry soap) This is truly a money saver. Imagine not having to purchase laundry detergent for months. Trust me you will want to look into this. The added benefit is knowing what it is made of.
- OK, toilet bowels do have stubborn stains and nasty germs. All you need is 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. That’s it. Let is set in the toilet for a bit and swish and scrub and it is a wrap.
- You can also make your own dishwasher soap with Borax and washing soda. Money in your pocket, I would say.
- Consider washing laundry when you get a full load. Keep in mind not everything needs to be washed after each use. This will preserve the life of your washables.
There you have it, 10 Easy Inexpensive Green Cleaning Habits. I’ve tried them all, and they all work for me. Don’t want to try them all? That’s Ok. Try one. Baby step folks…..Baby steps
Be Green Folks
Your Green Boot Gal
Easy Inexpensive Green Cleaning Habits Questions:
Do you think you will try any of the tips above?
What’s your favorite green cleaning habit?
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