9 essential tools for green cleaning

When it comes to cleaning supplies, most people have an entire closet (or two) packed full of unnecessary tools and cleaners.  We’ve already talked about some of the things you should get rid of, but lets dive a little deeper into what you really need to get the job done.  It doesn’t take much, and we are sure you’ll be happy to have all of your closet space back.

Microfiber Towels
Instead of using paper towels that ultimately end up in a landfill, switch to a reusable microfiber towel.  They are easy to wash, reusable, and do an even better job!

Baking Soda
Baking soda is a no brainer when it comes to green cleaning.  Keep it handy for deodorizing, soft scrubs, polishing various metals and tons more.

Distilled Vinegar
Here’s another limitless green cleaning supply.  Vinegar is cheap and very powerful, so use it for removing hard water and as the main ingredient in most homemade cleaning solutions.

Spray Bottle
Use this spray bottle (or several) to mix up your favorite cleaning solutions.  We recommend at least an all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner and wood cleaner.  These three will get you through most tasks, so keep them handy in your cleaning kit.

Essential Oils
These oils are powerful and go a long way.  One small bottle will probably last you an entire year.  Pick your favorite scent and mix it into your homemade green cleaners.

Pumice Stone
Rather than using harsh chemicals and a nasty scrub brush for toilets, try using a pumice stone to remove rust stains.  This tool, when combined when baking soda and a little wait time, can do a better job than any manufactured chemical.

Broom and Dustpan 
You don’t need anything fancy when it comes to a broom and dust pan.  Take a look around to find a local broom maker (they do exist).  Why not keep your money in the local economy, right?

Squeegee
This tool isn’t just for windows.  Try it on shower walls and doors to keep mildew from growing as well.  It will save you tons of time in the long run!

Caddy
If you are going to get serious about green cleaning, you’re going to need a place to keep all of your supplies.  Find something simple that fits your needs and always keep it stocked with the right stuff.
                                                                                                                                                                   

This is our simple list of green cleaning supplies, but we know there are lots more out there.  What do you keep around the house to get your cleaning done?  We’d love to know!

If you are interested in green carpet cleaning or green office cleaning in the Indianapolis area, please let us know.  We can be reached through our website or right here through the blog.  Keep in touch, and keep it green!


Real green living, unplugged

Electrical OutletOur homes have lots of things that use lots of electricity.  Light bulbs, TVs, refrigerators, computers, and many other appliances.  Each one of these things add up and are directly related to the price of your energy bills.  These energy hogs don’t just hurt your wallet…they also have a major impact on the environment we all share.

In order to save some money (and the planet), try cutting back on some of these major contributors.  The first and easiest way to reduce waste is to stop leaving lights on when they are not needed.  Using one 60-watt fluorescent bulb for one hour will cost you somewhere near a penny.  That doesn’t seem like much, but it definitely adds up quickly if you do it on a daily basis. You can also replace high wattage bulbs with lower wattage ones for areas where you do not need so much illumination.  You probably won’t even notice the difference.

Major appliances and anything that heats up or cools down also require a lot of energy.  Now is a great time to fine tune these appliances to make sure they are operating both effectively and efficiently.  You may find that your refrigerator is too cold and your water heater is too hot.  Simply adjust them and wait for the savings or have them repaired by a qualified technician.

Check out this nifty calculator to see how light bulbs and appliances affect your energy bills.  You can plug in the rate you pay per kilowatt-hour and your usage, and it will estimate the cost.  It is a great way monetize all of the little wastes in your home.

Make a list of things you think you can cut back on and give it a try.  A few options for easy savings  are:  change the thermostat on your refrigerator so it is not running quite so much, turn off lights when they are not in use, crank the water heater down to around 150 degrees, and turn of the computer when you aren’t at home.

These are simple ideas, but they will definitely make a difference.  In the end, it is not just about saving money–but also about truly going green.  Reducing the amount of energy you use in your home is a great way to benefit the entire planet.  What do you do in your home to save on energy costs?  We’d love to know!

Check out these other great sites for more tips on how to save on energy costs:

Save Money on Your Cooling Bill This Summer (Ehomecomfort)

Home Energy Efficiency in Indianapolis (energysavvy.com)

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