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How to Make Environmentally-Conscious Cleaning Choices


Using natural cleaning solutions when cleaning your home can be a great way to ensure harmful chemicals are not washed into sewer systems.

Everyone needs to make an effort to keep their home and their clothing clean. That's why we all clean our homes and do our laundry on a regular basis. While cleaning isn't exactly the most enjoyable chore to tackle, it's a necessity. After all, no one wants to live in a filthy home or wear dirty clothes!

However, cleaning and doing laundry can sometimes expose us and the environment to unnecessary toxins. Cleaning products and laundry detergents are sometimes filled with chemicals that can irritate the skin and respiratory system, while also causing harm to the environment when they are washed down into the sewer systems.

Luckily, there are choices you can make to avoid these potentially harmful cleaning products to keep you and the earth safe.

Buy Natural Cleaning Products

The most obvious way to be more eco-conscious with your cleaning choices is to purchase more natural, environmentally-friendly cleaning products. There is also an increasingly large selection of cleaning solutions that are much more environmentally-friendly and don't have all the chemicals that you would typically see in your average cleaning solution.

You'll want to know exactly what to find - and not find - in a cleaning product before you buy it. You can start this process by checking the label and identifying the exact ingredients that are listed. If some don't look familiar to you, be sure to look them up before buying anything.

You can also look for a green seal on the label which identifies the product as environmentally-friendly with natural ingredients. There are also "Safer Choice" labels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for products that have safer chemicals.

You can make your own eco-friendly cleaning products using natural agents that can clean, disinfect, and leave your home smelling fresh without any harsh chemical scents. 

Make Your Own DIY Cleaning Products

While there may be more and more choices out there in terms of natural cleaning products for purchase, you may be able to make your own. Popular natural cleaning agents that are often used to clean and disinfect include white vinegar and baking soda.

A mixture of half a cup of white vinegar, two tablespoons of baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give off a pleasant scent (citrus essential oils typically work best for this purpose) can provide you with an ideal all-natural, all-purpose cleaning solution that you can use to clean your house from top to bottom.

Choose a Dry Cleaner That Doesn't Use Perc

While dry cleaning clothes once required using harsh chemicals such as perchloroethylene that harms the environment, you have choices today that enable you to benefit from the services of a professional dry cleaner that takes steps to be more eco-friendly.

In the laundry business for over 70 years, Tide Cleaners knows a thing or two about laundry and is now proud to offer non-perc dry cleaning solutions that aren't as harsh on the environment.