Innovative solutions to a simple green clean

June 4th, 2013 Category: Building Management Educational Establishments Office Cleaning

Using green cleaning techniques and products can substantially improve your carbon footprint, and changing habits has never been so simple.

Whether you work in an educational establishment, in an office or at home, there is always room to promote sustainable cleaning methods in day-to-day practices. Most buildings house numerous modern cleaning products which contain harmful toxins and chemicals, and replacing them with more environmentally sustainable alternatives is much easier than you may expect, with the more eco friendly products often the ones that revert back to traditional techniques.

To help you along the way, we’ve compiled a list of ten cleaning solutions that can be used in the office, at home or in schools to replace modern products which can be environmentally damaging.

1 – Mixing vinegar and water in a spray bottle makes for perfect glass cleaner, ensuring that all the conference room tumblers sparkle and the household glassware shines.

2 – Vinegar and water also acts as a good cleaning agent for surfaces when a drop of baking soda is added to the mix. This is particularly effective in the kitchen area.

3 – Olive oil and lemon juice is a great way of getting your wood surfaces to shine, and the scent can also make surfaces smell fresh and clean.

4 – Toilet cleaning is a bemoaned but necessary chore, but cleaning the bathroom in an environmentally-friendly manner is actually quite easy. Simply use baking soda in the toilet bowls and use straight vinegar to wipe down the outside.

5 – Disinfectant is a crucial part of the daily clean and is particularly important in communal areas such as the office or at school. Using a spray bottle, mix sodium borate, vinegar, hot water and liquid castile soap to make your own disinfectant spray.

6 – Straight vinegar is a great way of cleaning away mould and mildew that can build up around windows.

7 – Keep the place smelling nice by creating a natural air freshener. This requires a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball which can simply be hidden in a corner. Experimenting with different scents, such as lavender, cinnamon, clove or citrus, will keep the office or home smelling fresh.

8 – Offices can get rather stuffy, so bring in natural plants to purify the air. The most efficient plants for cleaning your indoor air are spider plants, English ivy, rubber plants and peace lilies.

9 – Recycling is a crucial part of a sustainable clean, and all offices and educational establishments should have a good selection of bins for the appropriate waste. Compost heaps can also substantially cut down the amount of waste sent to landfill.

10 – Contracting an environmentally-friendly cleaning service, such as Nviro, is a great way of ensuring the day-to-day chores are completed in a sustainable manner.