May 16, 2017

Going Green: How To Use Eco-Friendly Cleaners To Get Ready For An Event

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These days it can be difficult to know how to do the right thing where the environment is concerned, but when it comes to finding eco-friendly ways to clean your home, it’s important not only for the Earth but for your family’s health as well. If you’re going to have a party or big event soon, it’s a good idea to find the most Earth-conscious ways to prepare so that your guests will be safe and comfortable.

One of the best perks that come with going green is that it can also help lower your utility bills and can make your home run more smoothly and effectively during winter and summer months. Here are some of the best ways you can use eco-friendly methods to clean your home and prepare for a big event...and clean up after.

Kitchen

Most parties include quite a bit of food and drink, so you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is in good shape. Even if none of your guests will be filtering through this room, it’s important to make sure all surfaces are clean and bacteria-free, including countertops, the stove, the sink, and cutting boards or other prep areas. For this, you can use a mixture of one part distilled white vinegar to four parts warm water, which will cut through grease and grime on stovetops. Baking soda will remove stubborn stains without leaving a harsh chemical smell behind.

Bathroom

The bathroom is an important room to get right because most of your guests will come through here sooner or later. You can actually use the same cleansers from the kitchen in this room, as well, just in a different mixture. Throw one cup of baking soda, one cup of white vinegar, and several drops of scented essential oil into a large bowl and mix well. This makes a wonderful toilet cleaner that won’t leave the room smelling like a cleaner.

Plain vinegar is great for mold or mildew in bathtubs or around the bottom of the toilet, as well.

Glass

For windows and glass surfaces, use ¼ cup of white vinegar in about a quart of warm water. Mix in a spray bottle and wipe away those fingerprints and smudges. This is a handy mixture to use after the party, as well!

Floors

Mix four cups of white vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. Add several drops of lemon oil so that after you mop the scent of vinegar will dissipate, leaving behind a pleasant citrus scent. This can be used on a variety of floor types and in various rooms.

Wood

Banisters, wood tables, staircases, and cabinets will gleam after you use a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and olive oil. Use a thick rag to apply the mixture in long, even strokes to any wood surface, including doors and countertops.

Add some plants

One of the easiest and most eco-friendly ways to clean the air in your home is to place several plants in each room, and they add some color to the area as well. Try spider plants, English ivy, rubber plants, and peace lilies. Space them out in each room and give them plenty of sun and water to keep your home full of clean, breathable air.

Finding eco-friendly ways to clean your home doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact, most green cleaners are made from items you might already have in your home. Make a plan for each room, start in one area and work your way out from there to avoid becoming overwhelmed.



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