Healthy Home Cleaning Tips
Many modern homes are so tight there's little new air coming in. Open the windows from time to time.
Remove clutter which collects dust, such as old newspapers and magazines. Try to initiate a 'no-shoes-indoors' policy. If you're building or remodeling a home, consider a central vacuum system; this eliminates the fine dust which portable vacuum cleaners recirculate.
Keep Bedrooms Clean
Most time is spent in the bedrooms. Keep pets out of these rooms, especially if they spend time outdoors.
Clean from the Top Down
When house cleaning, save the floor or carpet for last. Allow time for the dust to settle before vacuuming.
Only wash clothes when they are truly dirty. - A towel can be used multiple times before washing.
Use an earth-friendly brand of laundry detergent.
Clean the lint tray of your dryer after each load.
Use Gentle or “Green” Cleaning Products
Typically, green cleaning means products and processes which do not contain various toxic chemicals that can cause respiratory and dermatological problems. Green products should also be greatly concentrated to reduce the packaging used. In addition, damage to the environment (water, soil, air) from disposal of toxic chemicals is eliminated with green cleaning.
Green cleaning is not only as effective at cleaning as traditional products, but is more cost effective and does not contain harsh ingredients. Of the various commercial home cleaning products, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and oven cleaners are the most toxic. Use natural, homemade formulas or purchase 'green' commercial alternatives. Avoid products containing ammonia or chlorine, or petroleum-based chemicals; these contribute to respiratory irritation, headaches and other complaints.
Various products can be found in stores today. Look for “GreenSeal,” an environmental standard for cleaning services. Try GreenList products from SC Johnson.