Climate change is certainly a current trending topic, with high profile activists such as Greta Thunberg calling for eco-friendly changes to be implemented at a governmental and individual level.
In this global warming crisis, it is up to us, the individual, to consider how we can transform our lifestyle. Whether this be regarding the fast fashion we buy, the plastic we use or how much we recycle, there are always steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air in certain households can be up to 100% more polluted than outdoors due to the toxic cleaning agents used and these strong chemicals damage our own health as well as the health of the environment. Therefore, there’s no better time to ditch these harmful chemical cleaning products and switch to which eco-friendly products which promise the same results, if not even better.
Here are some tips, tricks and products recommended by Thomsons Cleaning Company to kickstart your eco-cleaning routine:
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- One-off domestic cleaning help
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- Hard floor cleaning
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- Expert window wash & clean
- Upholstery cleaning
- Professional mattress cleaning
Be Aware of Biodegradability
Cleaning can be messy and we aren’t always able to reuse the materials we use. Therefore, it is vital that you make sure your cleaning materials are biodegradable. Avoid materials such as microfibre cloths, plastic scourers and wet wipes as these all contain harmful plastics that don’t biodegrade.
Instead, opt for biodegradable cloths, coconut scourers and wooden dish brushes. Coconut scourers are an eco-friendly favourite being extremely economical as well as having natural antibacterial properties and being non-scratch and biodegradable. Reusability and zero-waste are also key, not to mention budget-friendly, especially with single-use plastics being a major environmental problem.
A great way to recycle is cutting your old discarded clothes into rags for the purpose of cleaning cloths.
Consider your Ingredients
If you’re unsure about which products are environmentally friendly to be sure to check out the ingredients label.
- Swap out strong chemicals for eco-friendly alternatives such as plant extracts and.
- Stock up on old-school natural cleaning ingredients such as lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda, white wine vinegar and tea tree oil for their antibacterial properties.
If you ensure that natural ingredients are in all the products you use, you are one step closer to a fully eco-friendly cleaning routine.
In the spirit of saving the environment, refill centres have opened up in local farm shops and eco stores.
The concept works by allowing people to refill their cleaning liquids such as washing up liquid, fabric cleaner and soap for a small fee if they bring a reusable bottle to carry these liquids in. The idea being that each refill saves another plastic bottle of liquid being bought and therefore dramatically reduces single-use plastics.
This is a super-easy way of being eco-friendly and all you need to do is source your nearest refill station and refill whenever the need arises.
Do It Yourself
Don’t have the time or money to source new eco-friendly cleaning products?
This certainly doesn’t mean you should give up. With the right ingredients, DIY cleaning products are easier than ever to make, meaning you can save money and the environment at the same time. A great and super easy bathroom cleaning product requires as little as three ingredients.
All you need to do is fill up a bottle with vinegar, add a few drops of essential oil (lemon juice or tea tree) and mix in half a cup of baking soda. Follow this simple recipe and you’ll never need to buy a bathroom cleaner again. Honey is another great household ingredient that can also be a highly effective cleaning agent. Rub onto tired and dull furnishings to give them an instant polish and shine.
Ensuring your cleaning routine is eco-friendly is certainly a process but with one product swap at a time, you are helping the environment. It is important that any change, no matter how small, will have a positive impact and by reducing your indoor chemical pollution you are not only saving the planet but saving your health at the same time.
Written by Sara Robards from My Favourite Voucher Codes.