Today, many people are beginning to go green for a bunch of different reasons. No matter what your reasoning is to want to “go green” it’s a rewarding movement to be a part of. There are many things that we can do to minimize our “carbon footprint”, but a great place to start is by modifying the way that we clean.
Here at Anago of Philadelphia, we understand the impact that “cleaning green” makes. Join the green movement today by utilizing green cleaning methods in-between your scheduled cleanings!
The most obvious benefit of green cleaning is that by doing it, you are making a difference. In addition, another amazing benefit of green cleaning is the money you will save. You won’t have to worry about spending a fortune on cleaning products that are only meant to target one area or surface. It has been proven that green products are just as, if not more effective than their commercial counterparts.
Are you interested in optimizing your health? Well, then there lies yet another reason to start cleaning green. The chemicals in cleaning agents, formally known as VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), can be extremely harmful when exposed to humans and animals. These chemicals are also known to cause nausea, headaches, loss of coordination, and liver damage in humans.
Have you had a change of heart about household chemical cleaning agents in your office or workspace? We wanted to present you with some green cleaning alternatives you can choose to use in between your scheduled office cleanings.
Some people simply choose not to go green because of a matter of convenience, when in reality, it’s much easier than they thought. There are 10 simple, easily-accessible ingredients that can easily be made into organic cleaning agents. Most can already be found in your home!
Here’s what you’ll need to concoct your own green cleaning products:
- Baking Soda. Baking soda helps to both eliminate odors and as a general cleaning powder on surfaces.
- Fresh Club Soda. Club soda is a great remedy for removing stains and polishing surfaces.
- Lemon Juice. Lemon juice smells great, and is used as an alternative for bleach. It also helps to cut grease and remove stains.
- Borax. Also known as sodium borate, this compound can be used to eliminate odors, remove dirt, and also as a disinfectant. It is noted that users should be careful with this compound, as it is toxic to humans if consumed.
- Liquid Castile Soap. This is a vegetable-based soap that works as an all purpose cleaner, grease cutter, and disinfectant.
- Corn Meal is a great way to pick up carpet spills!
- Hydrogen Peroxide is known for being a godsend when it comes to removing stains and disinfecting. Just make sure it is the 3 percent concentration.
- White Vinegar is an amazing anti-fungal that helps immensely when it comes to killing germs and bacteria.
- Olive Oil, believe it or not, works as an amazing furniture polish!
- “Pure Essential Oils” If you’re worried about not having the “clean” smell that certain cleaning agents offer, don’t worry. When you use pure essential oils, you actually have an opportunity to be creative, and choose what you would like your cleaning agent to smell like without having to worry about harming yourself with chemicals. An example of some of these scents include: lavender, lemon grass, eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree.
Now that we’ve given you all the different ingredients, we’re going to tell you how to put them together and how to put them to use with our “do-it-yourself” natural cleaning recipes!
The “All Purpose Cleaner”
First, you’ll need a spray bottle that you can put the ingredients into yourself. You can even choose to recycle an old chemical-based cleaning agent bottle (remember to wash thoroughly first). Add: ½ teaspoon of borax, ½ teaspoon of liquid Castile soap, 2 cups of hot water. Shake well! See, now that doesn’t seem too hard at all, does it?
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This toilet cleaner cleans your toilet overnight and is extremely simple to make. All you need to do is dump 1 cup of Borax and ¼ cup of white vinegar into the toilet and let it sit over night. In the morning, scrub and flush it away.
Glass & Window Cleaner
Again, you’ll need a spray bottle for this natural cleaning remedy. Put a mixture of 1:1 water/white vinegar in a spray bottle. Oftentimes, chemical glass cleaners can leave a waxy build up. If you want to remove this buildup, just add ½ teaspoon of castile soap to the mixture!
To polish your desk or other pieces of furniture, apply a mixture of 1:1 white vinegar and olive oil and polish it with a soft cloth. Add a few drops of lemon scented oil and you’ve got your very own homemade Pine Sol.
Mold and Mildew Cleaner for Bathrooms
To concoct a mold and mildew cleaner, mix two cups of water with two teaspoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle, shake it well, spray it on the surface, and let it sit for a few hours. Repeat if necessary. If you don’t have tea tree oil, you can substitute it with hydrogen peroxide.
Disinfectants are essential in the office, especially around this time of year- the dreaded flu season. To make your own disinfectant simply mix ¼ teaspoon of castile soap, two teaspoons of borax, 3 cups of hot water, and 4 tablespoons of white vinegar into a spray bottle. Again, if you don’t want to use borax, hydrogen peroxide will work as well.
The truth is, once you’ve started to utilize green cleaning you’ll realize how easy, safe, and effective it is. You’ll also notice a huge difference in how the air feels after cleaning. In addition, you’ll have a knowledge of what is actually in your cleaning agents, as opposed to the dozens of harmful chemicals and synthetic agents found in commercial cleaning supplies.
We hope you found our advice useful! Til next time,
Anago of Philadelphia