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Tips to Make Your Cleaning Routine More Sustainable

If you're looking for ways to clean your home and promote environmental safety, save money and time, and reduce the use of natural resources such as petroleum and energy, here are some simple tips.

●      Purchase Products Wisely

Companies often label their products as 'natural' or 'green' when it is just a selling strategy. To ensure using a truly environment-friendly and safe cleaning product, only purchase items with qualified EPA tests, or have the Eco Logo or Green Seal logo.

●      Keep Things Organized 

De-cluttering is a great way to clean your living space daily – and it involves no money and minimal effort! Consider buying a shelving item with doors to tactfully and quickly conceal unwanted items. You can also use a laundry basket to collect and hold clutter and then organize it later. Most importantly, use sustainable material for the shelves and basket.

●      Opt for More Sustainable Cleaning Equipment 

Replace your conventional cleaning towels with microfiber cloths. They are particularly useful since they can be used wet or dry, and can be washed and reused multiple times. They also dry very quickly, which minimizes bacterial growth on them.

Another extremely useful and sustainable piece of equipment you can invest in is the Gladwell Glider Cordless Electric Mop. The Glider's super-thin 3-inch base and cordless design makes it easy to use and without taking up much-needed space. Along with its cleaning solutions, the glider provides options for mopping, waxing, and quick spraying. Its high-powered twin spin motors enable you to clean swiftly and efficiently remove stains like dirt and grime, and even bacteria from marble, wood, tile, or laminate surfaces. The cleaning pads can be washed and reused, and there's a 1-year unlimited warranty if anything goes wrong.

Use DIY Hacks

Using household items for cleaning is a great way to become more sustainable. Many kitchen items such as citrus fruits, kosher salts, baking soda, and vinegar can be used in DIY recipes to clean grime, slime, rust, and grease. 

For instance, baking soda mixed with vinegar or lemon juice is an excellent hack for removing rust or slime from your kitchen stove or sink.

Some General Tips

Sustainable cleaning is much more comfortable and attainable than you might think. Before you begin, here are some general guidelines to help you adopt sustainable cleaning practices:

● Inefficient cleaning practices can result in wasted water power, product, and time. Adopt better habits.

● Read the label on products, so you know the exact amount to use.

● Select the correct load size when running the washer.

● Please wait until the dishwasher is full before running it.

● Air-dry clothes and dishes whenever possible

● Clean a room from top to bottom, and farthest wall to the doorway, so you won't have to clean an area twice.

Re-purpose Household Items

● For dirty jobs, spare the microfibers and use old or torn socks, t-shirts or sheets. These items serve as excellent cleaning items before finally making it to the trash. 

● You can also use old newspapers to clean windows, and old toothbrushes to scrub those hard-to-reach spaces and corners. 

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