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How to Make Your Cleaning Chores Eco-Friendly 21 December 2013
How to Make Your Cleaning Chores Eco-Friendly

Over the years, it has become more apparent that humankind has had a negative effect on the environment, from relapsing large amounts of fumes into the atmosphere, filling countless landfills, felling large areas of forests and much more. These will and have continued to add up, until we can see the effects they have. While there are major problems that need major solutions, it is possible for everyone to do their part. They can turn off appliances when not in use, drive a hybrid car, install and use solar panels, recycle goods and more. These can be simple and will help the world recover what humankind has done and prevent it from getting worse. You can do such things in your everyday chores, so if you want to make your cleaning chores more eco-friendly, then read on.

The first thing to do is replace all of your cleaning equipment with greener substitutes. Bleaches and detergents, while effective, can let off fumes that harm the environment and their plastic bottles are not biodegradable. You can instead use items such as white vinegar and baking soda that can effectively remove stains without any of the environmental damage. You should aim to use paper-based cloths because these can easily be recycled and you may be able to buy sheets that have already been recycled.

Disposing of your litter and leftover food is usually done by throwing it away but recycling should be done instead. You may already have recycling collection programme in your area, but if not you can start you own. Get a hold of some boxes or strong bags and allocate a material to each one. Place paper, cardboard, tins, bottles, clothes, etc should be given their own container, and when done with a specific item. Place it in the right bag. Your normal collection can then pick them up, or you can take them to a recycling depot.

If you have goods in your home that are old, worn, damaged, broken or are just taking up space, then you should get rid of them. You may instinctively want to throw them away, but recycling is possible. Put smaller items in your bags and containers and if you have large goods, contact your local depot and they may be able to collect things for you.

It’s worth remembering that recycling doesn’t just have to be goods being made into news things, but also includes old items being reused. If any of your unwanted electronics, clothes, furniture, appliances, etc, are still in working or a useable condition then consider selling them. You can take them to second-hand stores, put them up online, make them to a market, put ads in the local newspaper and so on. You can sell unwanted goods, allowing you to make money, clean your home and help the environment. You can also take a similar step by donating things to charity stores, where your old items can be reused with the money going to the less fortunate.

Reusing items is an important aspect of cleaning, so don’t be too eager to get rid of anything. Boxes for example can be useful for numerous things, so if you obtain decent container, keep hold of it until it has a use. You should also ensure you use all goods as fully as possible, only disposing of things once they no longer can be used. This can apply the things such as razors, clothes, utensils, cloths, paper towels and more.

Eco-friendly cleaning is achievable, so follow these steps and do you bit for the environment.

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