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Environmentally Friendly Cleaning For Your Home

While cleaning your workspace and environment is a good and appropriate action to perform in most situations, considering the rate of deterioration of our planet and environment, steps have to be made in order to ensure that we as a society can keep our houses and workplaces in clean and working order, while also taking the due considerations of keeping our environment as clean and hospitable as the places where we hang our coats in.

There are many steps that can be taken to ensure cleaner and greener cleaning, and one of them is a deceptively simple one; budgeted water usage. Water is the universal solvent, and when using soapy substances for cleaning water is subsequently used for rinsing it off surfaces or used to dampen other material to perform that same task. The difficulty herein is that water is also used for a myriad of other things such as cleaning other articles of modern everyday life such as clothing, dishes, cutlery, and ourselves, and is also used to sustain life for most life-forms on this planet. It is a common, but precious resource that is required for most things to even exist. As such limiting water usage, finding ways to recycle it, or better treatment of used water for cleaning can only be seen as a benefit to the environment.

While not all of us have the great fortune of having our living spaces for home and work be built in suitably clean and fresh environments. Despite this however, studies have shown that occasionally opening a building’s windows and blinds, even in the grimy and relatively unclean environment of a heavily urbanized zone can clean the air and environment by a significant margin that it negates the negative effects of having even polluted air be drawn into it. The basic understanding is that when compromised air is allowed to flow freely, any harmful substances it may be carrying is allowed to flow with it. Most living and working spaces today are incredibly well insulated which means that such substances are not allowed to flow as freely as they should. The simple solution then is to open the windows and blinds to resume that flow. This can be done as a stopgap measure for certain occasions, or for in concert with regular cleaning.

Baking soda is a surprising cleaning agent that also helps with air quality; serving as a sort of purgative that removes strange odors and replaces it with harmless and clean air. Apply liberally to places and locations with odd odors and other forms of contamination and apply appropriate amounts of vinegar to trigger the reaction which allows the baking soda to do its job. Cleaning it is as simple as vacuuming it up or scooping up the residue for proper disposal.

There are a myriad more ways to counter the effects of environmental damage that one can employ from using alternative cleaning agents that are either harmless to or have a negligible effect on the environment, to the proper use and disposal of known synthetic and subsequently harmful chemical reagents that can still serve a useful and vital role in cleaning the household or workplace. The key herein is that a precedent must be set for the observation and subsequent care for the environment even in the confines of the cleaning and treatment of one’s own home or workspace.