Here's a tip from the www.speedcleaning.com people, who I've learned a great deal from on how to clean efficiently. There is an order to cleaning. In any one spot as you make your way around a room, start at the top and work down, and start at the back and work toward you (like on a countertop). This will make your cleaning more consistent and go faster.
Here's the first in a series of tips for cleaning your house efficiently. The first thing has to do with attitude. Try approaching the cleaning of your house as a meditation. Make sure you have a set amount of time and cut out distractions. Appreciate how the atmosphere in your home changes little by little as you tidy and clean.
Finally, some people assume green cleaning takes longer. Because green cleaning products are as effective as more toxic products (except with some of the most difficult cleaning challenges), using them doesn't take more time. Green cleaning is as efficient as more toxic cleaning.
Some people assume that green cleaning is just a passing thing. However, concern for the environment, both outside and inside one's home, has become a key concern for a large share of the population. In response the cleaning industry has developed green cleaning methods and products that are now an established alternative to more toxic ways of cleaning.
A second myth about green cleaning is that it doesn't result in a high quality a clean. In everything but the toughest situations I've found that nontoxic cleaning products are equal in their results to more toxic cleaners. And I've tried a lot of products!
One myth about green cleaning is that it's more expensive. This is certainly not true. Green cleaning products cost about the same as more toxic products and many green house cleaning services, including mine, use some effective home made products so the cost is even less.
This begins a series of green cleaning myths. There are a number of misconceptions about green cleaning. But first, let's define what it is.
Cleaning itself is a "green" activity, in that it reduces the dirt and pollutants in your home. Green cleaning adds to this by minimizes the introduction of more pollutants through cleaning products and methods. The increasing pollution in our indoor and outdoor environment in recent decades have brought with them certain health risks related to breathing, skin sensitivities and general health, so attention to maintaining a low impact environment, inside and outside, is more important than ever.
In keeping with its mission to preserve the national environment, the National Park Service deserves praise for transitioning to eco-friendly cleaning methods in recent years. For instance, Mt. Rushmore was cleaned using only sprayed water and without chemical additives in 2005.
Here are some solutions to reduce indoor pollution:
The EPA estimates that indoor air pollution is generally two to five times higher than outdoor pollution. The agency ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental health concerns in the U.S. Some the leading sources are: air freshener, older furniture and many mattresses that contain a toxic flame retardant, and toxic cleaning products. Especially in winter, when we can’t open windows, this is something to be aware of. Next post: solutions.