Get green with cleaning methods of old

May 29th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments Office Cleaning

Green cleaning is an excellent way of introducing environmentally friendly procedures into your home or place of work, and it often means going back to the time when people relied less on machines and chemicals to find the best solutions.

Unlike energy efficiency or water saving methods, green cleaning doesn’t require modern techniques. Indeed, often the opposite is true, considering that most of the harmful chemicals that have been injected into cleaning procedures have come about in the last few decades.

Patricia Humphrey recently spoke to the Fort Morgan Times about how individuals and businesses can rely on the cleaning methods of old in order to mitigate their environmental impacts. Vinegar and baking soda, for example, are quintessential ingredients of several different solutions which can be far better for the environment than their modern piers.

"You'd be amazed at what you can do with just vinegar and baking soda in different strengths," Ms Humphrey said, adding that a little lemon juice can make the cleaning solution smell much nicer. We compiled a few tips of our own recently to advise you on which mixtures are best used to clean what, but one of the most fundamental changes (and arguably the easiest) is ensuring that all packaging used in cleaning are recycled.

Here’s a few incentives to get you recycling, thanks to Recycling Guide:

– On average, 16 per cent of the money you spend on a product pays for the packaging, which ultimately ends up as rubbish.

– One recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.

– Up to 60 per cent of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.

– The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.