Tired of having to deal with all of the chemicals? Want to go for a more eco-friendly approach? Why not go green? As mentioned in our previous article, it comes with plenty of benefits. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also better for your health! It’s a win-win situation.
Want to make the switch but don’t know where to get started? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of things that might help with your transition. Keep reading to find out what they are!
How to Start a Green Cleaning Company or Make the Switch
There are a number of things that you can do in order to go green. Here are some of them!
1. Say No to Disposable Mop Pads
Mops are a must-have when it comes to cleaning. After all, they’re super versatile; you can use them to clean the floor, ceilings, walls, even furniture! All you need to do is put on a mop pad and you’re ready to go.
There’s just one issue—many mops use disposable mop pads, which are actually harmful to the environment. Sure, they might be convenient and effective, but they’ll ultimately end up in the trash as one-use items. As you can imagine, this has a big impact on the landfill. Did you know that more than 100 million disposable mop pads are buried into the ground every year?
Use Reusable Pads Instead
Fortunately, there’s a great alternative—microfiber pads. Unlike disposable cloths, these pads can be used again and again. All you have to do is pop them in the washer and they’ll be ready for next time! What’s great is that they’re also fabulous at picking up dirt and debris. If anything, they probably work better than disposable pads. For one thing, they’re super absorbent; you can easily use them to wash different surfaces with water and cleaner—something that’s not quite as easy with disposable pads.
2. Minimize Your Water Consumption
Dusting is great but sometimes you’ll need to use a bit of water. After all, it’d be hard to get rid of stains and whatnot with a dry cloth! With that said, you want to be conscious of the amount of water that you’re using. It might not seem like much, but it can add up quickly. To give you a better idea, the average American uses anywhere from 80 to 100 gallons per day!
Luckily, you can minimize water consumption with just a few small changes.
Be Conscious of How Much Water You’re Using
For instance, you can dampen your mop pad with a bucket of water instead of running it under the faucet. Not only would that minimize the use of water, but it would also prevent drips and spills, the latter of which can result from accidental puddles! Speaking of buckets, you can also use them to rinse your reusable mop pad—that way, you won’t have to use more water than necessary from the sink. Of course, you’ll want to refill it with clean water once it becomes dirty.
Wash the Pad by Hand Instead of Using the Washer
Another thing to consider is the washing of the pads. Sure, you can throw them in the washer, but that might not be the most environmentally-friendly way to go about doing it. After all, these appliances easily use more than 100L of water per load! On top of that, they require a considerable amount of energy.
Instead of that, why not wash them by hand? The entire process is actually not that tedious as all. Fill a small container or sink with clean water and add in a small amount of mild soap (laundry detergent works too). Mix it all together with your hand before putting the mop pad in. Let it soak for at least 20 minutes. From there, swirl it around a few times before picking it up. Remove any dirt or grime by rubbing the fabric against itself—gently. When you’re finished, hang it up to dry. As you can imagine, this method saves a significant amount of water.
3. Skip the Dryer
Does your company use towels or rags for cleaning? As convenient as it might be, you want to avoid putting them in the dryer. Not only would this reduce your carbon footprint, but it will also make your products last longer!
Air Dry Instead
One thing to consider is the amount of power that it uses—the average machine uses about 3000 watts. Given that, it’s not surprising to know that it’s one of the most energy-hungry appliances out there! Instead of tumbling dry your towels, let them air dry—that in itself can easily reduce your carbon footprint by more than 2,000 pounds a year!
4. Switch to an All-Natural Cleaner
Does it surprise you that most commercial cleaners out there is a cocktail of chemicals? It’s true—most products are filled to the brim with chemicals that are designed to make cleaning easier. While they work, they’re not exactly the best for the environment. In fact, they have a huge impact!
Why are Conventional Cleaners Bad?
First and foremost, they are bad for our oceans. The way they are, these chemicals do not fully biodegrade. Essentially what this means is that they end up contaminating our water supplies, including the rivers and oceans. Take phosphates, for instance—a common ingredient in soaps and detergents, it tends to build up in bodies of water, where it leads to eutrophication. What is eutrophication? It refers to big algae blooms that can starve plants and marine life of oxygen.
Use An All-Natural Cleaner Instead
As you can imagine, that can have a major impact on our bodies of water over time. What can you do to prevent this? Switch to an all-natural cleaner. They might be a little more costly, but they’re out there! Simply look for something that says “organic” on the label. These products are typically plant-based, which means that yes—it is chemical-free; they contain no fillers whatsoever.
Worried that they might not be as effective? Don’t be. If anything, they work just as well as other cleaners, if not better! After all, many formulations contain enzymes, which are capable of dissolving away the gunk.
5. Use Natural Cleaning Agents
Cleaners are useful but they’re not always necessary. Consider using natural cleaning agents whenever possible.
Vinegar Can Be Great For Cleaning
White vinegar, for instance, is incredibly helpful when it comes to getting rid of stains. A weak acetic acid, it can be safely used on almost any type of surface. Plus, it has natural anti-microbial effects! A great way to do this is to put it in a spray bottle—that way, you’ll be able to apply just the necessary amount. If you want, you can dilute it with a little bit of water as well.
Baking Soda Can Be Used As Well
Baking soda is another great cleaner. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, the alkaline powder is ideal for getting rid of stubborn stains and spots; it can also be used to remove rust. There are two ways to use it—you can either create a thick paste or a thin liquid mixture, the latter of which works great for tackling grease. In both cases, you’ll want to mix it with some warm water.
Another option that you might want to consider is using lemon. As it turns out, the fruit is a powerful antiseptic with anti-microbial properties. It also works wonders at getting rid of doors!
6. Optimize Your Travel Routes
Chances are, you’ll need to travel to your client’s house or office. Before you do, check the map for the most efficient route—that way, you won’t have to waste unnecessary fuel.
Not just that, but there’s the issue of gas emissions being released into the air. As you probably know, these pollutants are responsible for driving global warming. On top of that, they are harmful to our health! How? The particles that are released get suspended in our atmosphere, where they negatively impact the quality of air. Breathing this air in can lead to many respiratory diseases—even cancers.