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Reducing The Impact Of Your Domestic Cleaning On The Environment And Your Wallet
04 March 2014
Reducing The Impact Of Your Domestic Cleaning On The Environment And Your Wallet

There are a great many day to day things that will contribute to the issues that the earth is facing. From cars releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere, to cattle farming causing deforestation, it is essential that human beings become aware of the areas in which they are affecting the planet that they live on so ignorantly. If you feel like you want to take a stand against the way in which the earth is treated, then it Is essential that you are aware of the various areas in which you can make a difference. Strangely enough, domestic cleaning is one of those very areas, and reducing your impact on it will only take a few small steps, which probably won’t even cost you anymore. In fact, economic expense and environmental expense often go hand in hand, meaning that you both feel better about helping out the planet, whilst helping out your wallet!

For a start, consider the things that you buy most often for cleaning. They always seem to contain plastic! These products like disposable sponges, J-cloths, plastic brushes, pans, mops and buckets, are all produced in huge quantities, and last a very short time. They are priced low to encourage a cycle of buying, using and re-buying, which suits the manufacturer, as it means they can just keep on producing the same product. Over time, these costs rack up, as you never really own anything for cleaning that lasts longer than a couple of months, and when you are done with it, it invariably ends up on the landfill site, which is terrible for the earth! With whales being washed ashore with bellies full of plastic, don’t you think it’s time to stop throwing things away a week after you have bought them? Why not get a wood and metal set of mop, bucket, dustpan and brush, to ensure that they are both sourced responsibly, as well as being much more hardwearing than the plastic items? Also, finding a proper sponge, some tough cloths, a stiff brush and some wire wool, will give you a set of cleaning items that can last you years! The initial outlay may be a little bit more, but in fact, it will end up as being a lot cheaper over time if you treat them carefully.

Avoiding harsh chemicals in cleaning products is essential for the upkeep of the water systems in the UK at least. You need to be sure that when you rinse away the cleaning products that you use down the plughole, you are not endangering any wildlife or animals in the process. Water dwelling species will survive of a delicate balance of chemicals in the water, which can be severely affected by foreign substances being flushed into the waterways. You would not want to be responsible for an important species of insect dying out in one area, so look in to using more natural cleaning products! Unfortunately the alternatives in the supermarket are quite expensive, which rules them out for many. However, if you have a few lemons, some white vinegar and a little baking soda, there is a lot that you can get done! The acid of the lemon and vinegar will cut through much of the grease found in the home, and sanitize many surfaces, whilst the baking soda will fizz away at tougher spots, making them easier to clean...

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