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Every day, consumers are becoming more and more aware of how their purchases affect the environment. People are much more engaged with becoming more eco-friendly now. Ranging from minimizing packaging, buying reusable products and being conscious of the chemicals used in their homes, people are changing the way they shop. This post is intended to help those beginning to make the switch to environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
Here is an effective duo of some great environmentally conscious products and tools that belong in any home. These two choices are tested and well-loved by many. Plus, they are easy swaps to make! Find out how you can make a great switch today.
- Reusable Cleaning Cloths
While many people think about changing the chemicals they use, it’s not the only way to make a positive change. Another way to make an easy and important eco-friendly switch in the home is from paper towels to cloth sheets and rags for cleaning.
By switching paper products to cloth, a household can reduce their landfill contributions. That reduction is incredibly important as landfills fill up, garbage storage overflows and trash disposal becomes an increasingly urgent problem. Even if one reusable cloth saves twelve rolls of paper towels, a very conservative estimate, a single household could save two pounds of waste per each cleaning cloth. Then, of course, the washcloths themselves are reusable, once washed, making an individual cloth likely to save over ten pounds of trash per year. That’s on even the lowest range of estimates. If every household did that America alone would save over a million pounds of trash from entering landfills every year.
Additionally, cleaning cloths are economically friendly on many levels. Choosing cloth saves families the cost of many paper towel rolls of course but there are other money-saving possibilities too.
After all, cleaning cloths don’t have to be purchased but can, in fact, be a way to reuse and give a new life to otherwise damaged pieces of fabric from the home. Just take an old t-shirt and cut it into squares when it’s stained or too small for wear, for a free and environmentally-friendly way to clean.
- Multi-Use Cleaning Products
Speaking of refusing to reduce a negative environmental impact, consider employing multi-use products to clean in the home. These can help your eco-friendly contributions in many ways.
One kind of many use product is Schmierseife. Schmierseife is a German word which essentially translates to “soft soap”. Soft soap works by users wetting a surface then adding the soap so that the substances rise to be cleaned and the dirt is emulsified. Therefore, the oily substances and dirt are distributed in the washing solution and can be wiped away with the soapy mixture.
Because the Schmierseife relies on the chemical composition of dirt it can be used on many surfaces. By having this multi-use product in your home for cleaning you really are able to have some great ecological impacts. For example, you have less opportunity for your products to go ‘bad’ by using fewer products overall. Cleaning products that go off are ineffective and potentially even dangerous to dispose of. By limiting the potential to create waste you have already begun to help the environment.
Additionally, using Schmierseife is good for the environment because it is made from lye and fatty acids – which are all natural and will not hurt a local environment when washed away. Some harsh chemicals in cleaning products can be toxic to local plant and wildlife when runoff occurs. Lye and fatty acids, while effective cleaners are not harmful to the ecosystem. Neither are they dangerous to fish and other animals. Ultimately, it’s the perfect solution to cleaning with the environment in mind.
Making a Start
All in all, these two products are a great duo to help keep your home clean while remaining green. Make a start today by choosing natural, eco-friendly products when you do your shopping.