We all need to clean our home; there is no getting around it. But we can do more to make our homes clean and really make them clean, rather than just filling our home with chemicals to make things even worse. Many cleaning products that you can buy can be petroleum based, which is pretty shocking in itself. But when you think that that means it is in your environment and you and your family are breathing it all in, it is even worse to think about. It also means spreading it to the environment too. What gets washed down your sink can affect aquatic life, for example. So what are some steps to keep your home clean but be better for you and the environment? Here are a few tips and tricks to try!


Improve Air Quality

When you’re cleaning your home, the sad truth is that sometimes the air in your home can become worse than the air outside. So keeping windows open regularly allows the air in your home to circulate and help to get toxins out of your home. An air purifier can be a  good idea too if you find that it is a particular problem.


Remove Pests

If you find that you have pests in your home, then the chances are you are going to need to some strong chemicals to get rid of them and the mess that they can leave. Even things like termites can leave behind their waste and trails around the house. So other than calling in someone like Terminix, you need to do all you can to help eliminate them. Then you can start your home on a clean and green slate, to keep your home clean and toxin free.


Make Your Own Cleaning Products

I know what you will be thinking, who has time to make their own cleaning products? But it can be much simpler than you might think as you can use normal ingredients that you will have at home. White vinegar and baking soda are great for cleaning around the home, for instance. If you’re not too sure about the smell, then using a few drops of some citrus essential oil can help so that your home doesn’t just smell of vinegar. It does mean less toxic fumes around your house, as well as cheaper and greener cleaning alternatives.


Use Plants

The great thing about using plants in the home is that not only do they look good, but they can help to purify the air in your home too and keep the home smelling good. We all remember learning about photosynthesis at school, right? Plants help to improve the air quality as they help to fill the room with plenty of oxygen. So choosing any broad green leaves will help to do that and make the home extra fresh and healthy.

I hope that these tips help to make your home and healthier and fresher place to be, for you and the environment. Are there any tips that you would add?