There is nothing more refreshing than breathing in fresh air while on a hike, sitting outdoors, taking in the cool evening temps under the stars. However, when winter rolls around and we spend more time indoors, it is vital we detox our dwellings and clear the air. Green cleaning is the way to go.
Get Rid of Harsh Cleaners
One of the biggest culprits of hidden toxins in the home are household cleaners. The stuff we use every day, from wipes and sprays to solutions and detergents, contains toxic chemicals that can be harmful. In fact, according to the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), the average American household uses 25 gallons of toxic chemical products annually.
Choose Natural Cleaning Options
When choosing your green cleaning products, look for brands that do not contain phosphates, chlorine, or additional artificial fragrances. If you want scented products, choose those that come from essential oils. Look for the EPA’s “Safer Choice” seal on products. These have been evaluated for their effects on human health and the environment.
Stock Up On Cleaning Basics
Before you start cleaning, make sure you have some basic supplies on hand. Microfiber cloths are reusable and collect dust with ease. If you use paper towels, make sure they are free of chlorine. Old cotton towels are another good option.
Clear the Air
The best defense against the toxins that linger in our homes is increased ventilation. Crack open a window or use an exhaust fan while cleaning. Consider investing in a portable air purifier and regularly change your HVAC filters. Get a mop and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to keep chemical particles from swirling into the air.
Poor ventilation can cause moisture to build up and mold to grow. Using a natural product, remove mold patches as soon as you see them. White wine vinegar will do the trick.
Look Under the Kitchen Sink
Get rid of old bottles of cleaning products that have collected under the kitchen sink and personal care products in your bathroom. Properly dispose of any items that are not safe by your standards. Do not dump them down the drain. Throw them out with your household garbage or check for hazardous waste collection days in your community.
Replace With Non-Toxic Products
Read the product labels when you shop for your new toxin free products. Look for versions that are phosphate free, chlorine free, and not petroleum based. Biodegradable products are also a plus. Avoid products made with fragrance.
DIY Cleaning Products
Do you have vinegar, baking soda, and borax in your house? These household staples are great for cleaning. Castile soap can be used to wash dishes, floors, and the tub. Want to make your own nontoxic air freshener? Fill a spray bottle with water, then add several drops of your favorite essential oils and a dash of vodka or rubbing alcohol.
Kick Off Your Shoes
Get your family into the habit of taking off their shoes when they step inside the house. This practice will keep street dirt, fertilizer, and toxic lawn care chemicals off the floors.
Bring the Fresh Air Into Your Home
Will Air is a high quality, residential, and light commercial heating and cooling company located in Sykesville, Maryland. With over 30 years of experience, we provide the best services at affordable rates. Air ducts need cleaning? Does the air conditioner or heating system need maintenance? We’ve got you covered. Fill out our brief online form here or give us a call at 410-549-9300. We can’t wait to work with you!