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Making Sure Your Cleaning Doesn't Effect the Environment

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gWhat good is cleaning if it makes the house look good but pollutes the air inside and outside? In fat, the whole purpose of cleaning is lost when one chooses to use products and methods that are damaging to the environment, even if they do achieve a desired level of cleanliness. 

Given the ongoing fight against global warming and other negative effects human activity has on the environment, the last thing anyone should be doing is adding to the problems we are already facing. With that said, here are some handy tips on how to make sure your home cleaning isn't affecting Sydney and it's flora and fauna.

Buy Eco-Friendly Products

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Products that are eco-friendly aren't harmful to your family, pets, or the environment because they contain chemicals that are safe and organic. Replacing harsh, chemical cleaners with green alternatives will ensure that whilst your house is getting cleaned effectively, the beloved city of Sydney has one less person out there subjecting the environment to harmful chemicals.

For those of you that tackle home cleaning yourself, eco-friendly cleaning products can be purchased from most supermarkets and online stores; otherwise, when booking online with Sydney's best home cleaning agency - MaidForYou - you can specifically request us to use products that are safe for the environment. Best of all, our eco-friendly cleaning services do not have any additional charges so it’s win-win!

Make Your Own Natural Cleaners

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Instead of spending money on store-bought cleaning products, more than half of that cost can be spared by purchasing ingredients to make your own line of natural home cleaning solutions! Although many products on the market claim to be all-natural, you can never be too sure about their genuineness. Hence, DIY cleaning solutions are great ways to make sure that you aren’t affecting the environment because these homemade cleaners are 100% eco-safe. 

Some common ingredients used to make effective, eco-friendly cleaning solutions include vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice, and household ammonia. There are several ways to use these products whether alone or in combination with one or more ingredients. The bottom line is that you needn’t purchase “green” cleaning products in order to achieve effective results. Here’s a great video on how to save money and time making your own eco-friendly cleaning products.

Conserve Water When Cleaning

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They say ‘ignorance is bliss’, but it’s time we all stopped ignoring the fact that several countries experience droughts every year. Not to mention the fact that water reservoirs are drying up around the world due to the impact of global warming. Similarly, it may not be happening around you but so many people don’t even have access to clean drinking water. This kind of perspective is enough to understand that we often take water, a bare necessity, for granted.

Water conservation is something that should be practised in every household and the good news is that there are simple changes you can make to do your part! Right from turning off the shower when applying soap to your body, watering your garden efficiently, soaking and washing dishes by hand, and always doing a full load of laundry instead of wasting water on a smaller load; there are plenty of ways to save water at home. Yet another area where excess water is used unnecessarily is household cleaning. That, however, stops today! 

Check out these awesome tips to conserve water when cleaning:

  • Store homemade cleaning solutions in spray bottles – This ensures that you use just enough of the cleaner while also eliminating the possibility of making excess cleaner which will eventually go to waste because used solutions must be disposed of.
  • Use a squeezy bottle instead of a bucket when mopping – You’d be surprised at how little water is needed to mop a floor when using a cleaning solution in a squeezy bottle as opposed to a bucket of water and floor cleaning mixture. Simply squirt the floor with some of the cleaner (one section at a time) and mop over it.
  • Use a bucket when cleaning the bathroom – For this cleaning task, the use of a bucket makes more sense because you can control the amount of water being used rather than running water that keeps on flowing until you shut it off.
  • Avoid using more of a cleaning agent than needed – For example, when you add extra detergent to a load of laundry, it requires another rinse to remove traces of the cleaning agent.

Don't Wash Chemicals Down the Drain

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When cleaning at home, especially when cleaning outside neglected fixtures like your wheelie bins make sure not to put harsh chemicals into drains that have access to our waterways. Instead, store bottles of harsh chemicals utilised in your home and save them for your recycling depot. If you don’t have a recycling drop off in your area, check the internet for the nearest one and do the needful. This will ensure that chemicals are kept out of Sydney waterways and away from native flora and fauna which, in turn, works towards bettering our environment. 

If you're not confident in keeping your Sydney home clean without utilizing harmful chemicals. You can always have a look at the services we provide and schedule an appointment with us in 60 seconds through a safe and secure online booking form!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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