The simplest definition of “green cleaning” is cleaning without using products that harm humans or the environment. According to the government’s definition of green cleaning it is using products that have a reduced effect or less of an effect on both human health and the environment. Green cleaning means making better choices as far as equipment and products are concerned. This does not mean that we have to sacrifice cleanliness in the name of being “green.” There are many products and procedures which are very effective at cleaning and disinfecting surfaces without having to use harsh or harmful chemicals. Green cleaning is about learning how to clean while reducing negative impacts on human health and the environment. Here are some common green products that can be used for effective carpet cleaning or house cleaning.
This is one of the most versatile household products there is available. It has a high pH and is alkaline in nature. It can be used for many different purposes throughout the house including carpet cleaning. It has absorbent properties so it can absorb various spills such as grease, neutralize orders and it can be used to scrub surfaces without causing scratching. It can be sprinkled on carpet stains to absorb odors and stains; and it can be sprinkled on carpets and then vacuumed up as a deodorizer.
Vinegar is a very natural product that has antiseptic properties. A general purpose household cleaner can be made using vinegar, baking soda and water. It is acidic enough to clean surfaces well without being harmful when exposed to the skin.
Lemons and Limes
These citrus fruits are great for cutting through grime and grease; they smell good too! Lemon and lime are both high in acidity but have low pH which makes it difficult for microorganisms’ growth. This allows them to be great for germ control. The high acidity works to loosen some mineral deposits as well as soap scum.
Club soda is a great green carpet cleaning agent. It can take care of some of the tougher stains such as blood, coffee, chocolate and wine. It can be applied directly to most carpeted surfaces and blotted out to lift the stain out of the carpet. Many homemade cleaning and deodorizing sprays include using club soda.
Some cleaners that are available on the market today are not only harsh on the environment, but the fragrances are produces by chemicals that can also be harmful. When using green or homemade cleaners, essential oils can be added for fragrances. Essential oils are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Many essential oils are antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal in nature. They can be a great addition to many natural cleaning products. Tea Tree oil has its own “clean” smell and is an excellent choice for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. It has antibacterial properties and can even inhibit some flu viruses. Other essential oils which are great for cleaning and are safe for the environment include lemon, peppermint, lavender and sweet orange oils.