Essential guide to Green Cleaning

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Here is a Spanish version of this guide.

We all want our homes to be a safe, healthy, and clean place for ourselves and the ones we love. But many household cleaners have chemicals and other ingredients that aren’t needed and can make us sick. Scientists know that many chemicals in cleaning products cause cancers, asthma, allergies, birth defects, developmental problems, and fertility problems. Strong smelling cleaners don’t mean they clean better. In fact, there are many safer alternatives that are just as effective at cleaning. You can also make your own products, which is cheaper than buying standard products that harm your health. For a healthier home, use Limpieza Pura’s recipes and product recommendation guide and cleaning checklist to replace dangerous chemicals with safer cleaning products.

  1. Dust with a wet cloth, this lowers allergens and removes toxic dust. Wipe window sills with a wet cloth because this is a common place for dust from air pollution to gather. Feather dusters just spread dust particles around and makes the air you breathe dirty.

  2. Vacuum with a HEPA filter if possible. A HEPA filter basically removes dust and small particles, instead of blowing them back out into the room and is much better for allergies and those with asthma. Make sure the vacuum bag or container is empty or you won’t get a lot of suction.

  3. Use safe products whenever possible. See our guide to making your own safe and effective cleaners, or for safe products you can buy.

  4. Microfiber cloths are great for picking up dust and small particles and don’t leave streaks on window and glass.

  5. When cleaning in a small room, open the windows or turn a fan on for ventilation.

  6. You don’t need to disinfect everything. It’s unnecessary and is actually bad for your health. Disinfect if there is a particularly yucky mess or if raw meat is involved. If someone is sick, disinfect surfaces that get touched a lot to prevent others from getting sick.

 

 

Basic Supplies

 

 

  • Gloves
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Spray bottles or squeeze bottles
  • Scrub brush
  • Sponge with scrubber
  • Mop
  • Liquid Soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Vodka