Green Cleaning for Every Budget

Lemons are one of the most effective and eco-friendly cleaners for your home. Photo: © Tomo Jesenicnik -

Since World War Two, more than 80,000 new chemicals have been introduced to the market. Consumers come in contact with about 3,000 of these chemicals every day in the form of cleaning products, such as air fresheners, dishwashing detergent, and floor cleaners. These products can be accidentally ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through skin contact. Unfortunately, cleaning your home with harsh, chemical cleaning products often fills it with more toxins and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than were there to begin with, making your home even less healthy than before you “cleaned” it.

Luckily, there are several ways to ensure that your home stays clean — the green and natural way. It can be difficult to comb through every ingredient on a product label, and it can be expensive to invest in a green-certified vacuum and other cleaning items. Hiring a cleaning service is sometimes the best route to take if pressed for time. Look for a cleaning service that offers an eco-friendly option, which means that they will clean your home with green-certified products and methods.

When choosing a green cleaning service, make sure you hire a service you can trust. Ask for a list of the chemicals and products they use; if the company is not able to provide a comprehensive list, you should look elsewhere. All maids should be trained in green cleaning methods to ensure your house attains a natural clean without any harsh or harmful chemicals.

Do-it-Yourself – With Lemon

If you can’t afford a green cleaning service or would simply prefer to clean your home yourself, there are other options available. Many items you already have in your home can be used as natural cleaners. Lemons, for example, are one of the most effective and eco-friendly cleaners you can use.

With a lemon or two on hand, the DIY tips below will help you clean like a pro:

  • Cut a lemon in half and dip the cut side in table salt. Use the salted side of the lemon to scrub copper pots clean. The acidity of the lemon, combined with the grit of the salt, will remove stains and polish away oxidation.
  • Lemon juice is a great natural bleach. Dilute lemon juice, soak your clothes in it, and lay them out to dry. Your clothes will be white as new in no time.
  • If you have stained counters, let lemon juice set on the counter for a few minutes. Then scrub with baking soda, and watch the stain disappear.

Other natural ingredients, such as vinegar, lavender oil, and water can also help you green-clean your home. Look for recipes on line or at the library, and enjoy cleaning your home the natural, healthy way.

Willow Tolbert

Maid Brigade Cleaning Service

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