Not everyone wants to go out dressed as a leprechaun to chug green beer at the local pub this St. Patrick’s Day. Some of us will want to take a more low key, but still very green approach.
This St. Patrick’s Day will still be dedicated to green — green cleaning, that is. All of the chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) we breathe in when working with harsher cleaning products is bad for our wellbeing and the health of the environment. Cleaning and sanitizing our homes shouldn’t come at the cost of our health. There has to be a better way to do it!
And theres is! Continue reading for 5 Green Cleaning Tips to life’s messes. From eliminating clutter to airing out the house—and the mattress!—we’ve got each room of the house covered.
Green Cleaning isn’t only advantageous for you and for the Earth, but also for the indoor air quality of your home. When you use more natural products and environmentally-friendly practices, the breathable air in your home will be healthier and safer for your family.
Especially if their is someone in your home who suffers from asthma or allergies, consider going green and staying green — even after St. Paddy’s Day!
5 Green Cleaning Tips for St. Patrick’s Day
This St. Patrick’s Day, remember to think green as well as wear green!
1. Keeping the clutter at bay keeps the dust away!
It’s time to declutter! Grab a dust rag and head on into your bedroom. How long has it been since you wiped the top of your dresser? Are there clothes lying on the floor? Magazines or old newspapers gathering dust in the corner? Receipts and gum wrappers that need to be thrown out? Well, the leprechauns aren’t going to do it!
Cleaning up your bedroom and living spaces will be the best gift you can give yourself this St. Patrick’s Day. Instead of a hangover, you’ll wake up relaxed in a newly dusted and decluttered haven.
When you take the time to eliminate small amounts of clutter daily, you’ll be preventing the build-up of dust and dust-mites that negatively affect your respiratory system and your comfort. Ok, so it doesn’t have to daily — just the conscious effort to pick up and wipe down will go a long way.
2. Dust bunnies — be gone!
It’s only natural that as you’re decluttering and dusting the surfaces of your room, you check under the bed for those lone, forgotten socks. Under the bed, especially if it has been some time, you’ll be sure to find more than just a couple random clothing items. Dust bunnies, dust mites, and general dirt thrive under your bed!
Use a dust mop (a natural one of course) or just use a vacuum (with a HEPA filter) to get them all up. With the bust bunnies gone, you can get back to a more restful and healthful sleep.
And don’t forget about the unseen dust bunnies in your air ducts. Try unscrewing one of your HVAC grilles and poking a hand (with a flash camera) inside. What does the picture reveal? If you see lots of dust bunnies and dirt, contact a professional for your periodic duct cleaning service.
3. Speaking of restful sleep…
How long has it been since you aired out your mattress? How many years have you owned it? A mattress is susceptible to all sorts of things like mold and mildew, and especially dust mites.
Open the blinds, strip your mattress, and expose your mattress to some sunlight. In the meantime, go on and clean those sheets and pillows. To reduce dust mites, pillows and comforters should be cleaned in hot water monthly (air-dry to fluff).
When your mattress gets a dose of sun each month, it reduces the chance for mold, mildew or dust mites. What’s greener than looking to the sun to help us clean?
4. When it comes to wood, keep it natural!
Using a natural solution that you can make at home is a great way to wipe down your wood safely and beautifully. Choose a natural wood soap or make your own non-toxic solution by combining one part white vinegar to one part vegetable oil. Jazz up your solution with a citrus scent by adding a couple drops of lemon oil.
5. Just air it all out!
Sometimes our homes are too insulated. Yes, tight homes are energy-efficient homes; however, it’s so important to properly and frequently ventilate! When the air in your home gets stale, contaminants build up and mess with your health and wellbeing. The air we breathe and our health are all interconnected. So, this St. Patrick’s Day, throw open the windows and enjoy the great green outdoors. In general, it’s recommended to air out every room in the house every couple days. Learn more about the importance of proper ventilation.
6. Even the rugs need to breathe
Now that the windows are open and you’re enjoying the fresh air waft through your home, why don’t you go outside with your area rugs? Dust mites, dirt, and all sorts of stuff get stuck in our area rugs. Hang them up outside and then grab a broom or a even a baseball bat to swat against the rugs. This will smack out the dust, assuring that when you take the rugs back inside the dust mites won’t come with it.
For more information on green cleaning this spring, speak with a friendly Service Champion. If anyone in your home suffers from seasonal allergies or asthma, you may need more information on professional indoor air quality solutions.
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