HOW TO CLEAN WITHOUT CHEMICALS
Spring’s inherent ability to inspire cleaning will see many of us scrubbing, sweeping, soaking and polishing our homes until they sparkle. But with this surge of cleaning empowerment, there also comes a cocktail of nasty – potentially health-harming – chemicals. The good news is, according to building biologist and healthy home expert Nicole Bijlsma, ‘you don’t have to create a sterile home to create a healthy home.’
So before you reach for the bleach to tackle your big spring clean, take a peek at Nicole’s easy advice for creating a clean, healthy and chemical-free home.
1. Resolve to always leave your shoes outside the front door. This will reduce dust in your house by up to 50%.
2. Wipe surfaces with damp microfibre cloths. This finely woven fabric ensures dust is trapped and rinsed down the sink instead of just pushed around or made airborne. Remove excess moisture with a dry tea towel to prevent mould from growing.
3. Where there’s clutter there’s dirt. Donate, recycle or dispose of any unwanted items.
4. The sun’s UV radiation will kill and dramatically reduce the presence of dust mites. Choose a sunny day to air mattresses, cushions, pillows, duvets and other soft furnishings.
‘You don’t have to create a sterile home to have a healthy home’
5. Invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner. A model with a HEPA filter and motorised head that digs into the carpet will suck up and capture microscopic particles and allergens, while expelling only clean air.
6. Search the pantry for natural cleaning alternatives such as white vinegar, bicarb soda, plant-based washing up detergent and eucalyptus oil. A combination of these gentle ingredients will cover most cleaning jobs.
7. Healthy homes smell like fresh air – open windows as much as possible.
8. Introduce house plants to improve air quality and balance humidity. Remember to keep plants out of the bedroom, as they respire and emit carbon dioxide at night.
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