Maria DiCarlo - Wakefield, MA Real Estate, Reading, MA Real Estate

We all know that cleaning supplies can be filled with chemicals and fragrances that are not the best for us to work with or live around. However, we also know that store bought solutions are very convenient. Maybe you would like to use more non-toxic cleaning supplies but are unsure of where to start. I’ve listed what you need to know below to get started with a more green cleaning routine! Everyday Cleaning: Choose cleaning products marked as non-toxic and microfiber clothes over traditional cleaners. These can usually be found in the natural section of stores. Microfiber clothes are also a fantastic multitasker to keep in your cleaning arsenal. Used damp they are great for cleaning and scrubbing while when dry they can be used for dusting. Since microfiber clothes are such cleaning superstars you will find yourself needing less cleaning product. When you do need a product to get the job done opt for a more natural or even homemade one. DIY: Ingredients that can get your home spick and span are also likely to already be in your cupboards. Check yours for the ingredients below!
  • White vinegar or apple cider vinegar - removes dirt, bacteria, and mineral deposits and can be used as a multipurpose cleaner or as a fabric softener in the washer machine.
  • Baking soda - absorbs odors and can be used as a gentle scouring agent on tubs and sinks.
  • Hydrogen peroxide - a disinfectant and removes dirt, can be used a stain remover.
  • Essential oils - for adding pleasant odors and some are disinfectants.
  • Borax - eliminates odors and removes dirt.
  • Castile soap - removes dirt and can be used as a detergent or multipurpose cleaner.
  • Lemon juice- grease cutter, stain lifter, dissolves soap scum and removes mineral deposits.
When creating your own cleaning solutions please remember to never combine the following mixtures as they can actually cause more harm than good.
  • Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide - when combined they create an acid and can cause you harm or damage surfaces.
  • Baking soda and vinegar - while they will bubble up the result is a completely ineffective, neutral solution.
  • Castile soap and vinegar - the vinegar will turn the soap back into a white curdled substance leaving your home dirtier than you started.
Freshening up - Skip store-bought air fresheners and opt for diluting essential oils in a glass spray bottle, boiling a pot of spices like cinnamon and clove with oranges or opening a window to let some fresh air in! Plants are also a great, and natural, way to filter the air in your home while adding beauty to your surrounding. Laundry - When doing a load of laundry use cold water instead of warm as most of the energy used during the washing process is used on heating up the water. Washing clothes less often not only prolongs the lifespan of your wardrobe but also saves on energy in the long run as you’ll need to do laundry less often. Hang dry clothes when the weather is nice instead of putting them in the dryer to save energy and money on your utility bill as well! We all want to know our home is a clean safe space for us and our families to come home to. Admittedly, green cleaning has a bit of a learning curve to it as you seek out new products and recipes for homemade cleaning solutions. However, as you make the effort to make your cleaning routine a more non-toxic one you can feel good about coming home to a house that sparkles and smells great!