When we spend all of our time dealing with our own little universes, it’s easy to forget about the beauty and vitality of the living world around us. The world is truly a living organism – and our daily habits can have a very big impact on its health and well-being.
For instance? What many people often don’t realize is that our habits here on dry land can dramatically impact animals and plants in the ocean, in many different ways. What’s more, these negative actions can have a ripple effect, and be felt everywhere around the world – including right here in Chicago.
When people improperly dispose of plastic, for example, this hazardous material can find its way underwater, where it can pose a serious danger to creatures who might become entangled in it, or else consume it and become sick. In addition to harming those incredible creatures, this plastic can work its way up the food chain, eventually reaching our dinner tables.
This is just one example we could point to. The big thing to take away? The little things we do each and every day can have a significant impact on the plants and animals around us, and on our environment overall. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that this planet is our home. It’s a living, breathing organism, and just like our homes we live in and take care of, it deserves all the love and care we can give!
One huge step that all of us can take for a healthier planet is to swap out some of our less functional and environmentally friendly cleaning products in favor of more sustainable, ecologically sound solutions. Here are a few of our favorite reusable green cleaning alternatives, to help you get your list started:
1.) Bamboo Towels
Look, we get it — paper towels are definitely super handy and easy to tear off, clean up, and toss. But it’s exactly this disposability that makes paper towels less than ideal for the planet. They can’t be recycled and they contribute to a colossal amount of the paper trash that ends up in our landfills. The Ocean Conservancy group notes that if we worked together to reduce our use of paper towels, we could reduce the amount of paper waste that ends up in our landfills by billions of pounds per year. That’s billions – with a b.
Bamboo “paper” towels are an excellent, sustainable alternative, designed to be used just like paper towels. Instead of conventional paper towels, though, you can reuse each bamboo sheet up to 100 times, either by washing it by hand or in the washing machine. Made up of bamboo fibers, these sheets are actually often even sturdier and more absorbent than your traditional paper towel, making them ideal for big messes or tough grease spots.
2.) Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
We’ve written about the remarkable magic of the magic eraser before. While they’re not going to be the right fit for every job, these handy products do work well on a variety of household surfaces. Even better? Magic erasers tend to be much sturdier than other sponges, allowing you to reuse one purchase over and over again. What’s more, with a Magic Eraser, all you need for a powerful scrubbing is a bit of water, allowing you to dramatically cut down on the amount of cleaning products – and plastic bottles – that you use.
3.) Microfiber Cloths
If you keep up with Sweeping Dimensions, you know how much we appreciate the efficiency and reusable nature of microfiber cloths. They are incredibly effective at trapping and picking up dust and dirt like a magnet. They’re sturdy and endlessly reusable, and all it takes to clean microfiber is a quick rinse or cycle through the washing machine. Bye-bye paper towel waste — hello deep, lasting, hassle-free cleanings!
4.) Wool Dryer Balls
Now, dryer sheets have their place. In fact, you can use these thin sheets to freshen and clean in surprising spots all around your home. But there’s no denying that purchasing dryer sheets by the thousands can feel wasteful. Wool Dryer Balls are one useful alternative to disposable dryer sheets, giving you the same benefits (like decreased static and softer laundry) without as much waste. For added benefits, some of these reusable dryer balls can even be infused with your favorite essential oils to make clothes and linens smell even fresher.
5.) Reusable Spray Bottles
Making your own cleaning solutions using common products – like vinegar, dish soap, or your favorite essential oils – is a remarkably easy way to purchase fewer consumer cleaning supplies, while employing more environmentally friendly cleaning agents, instead of harsh mystery chemicals. At the same time, reusing the same set of bottles is a great alternative to buying single-use plastics again and again. These amber glass spray bottles from Amazon are one possible solution, allowing you to easily make and store your own cleaners, for the sake of your wallet and the environment.
Sweeping Dimensions: A Cleaning With a Conscience
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful for our clients. We focus on handling all sorts of cleaning and housekeeping projects, so you can focus on the other things that matter to you — including spending more time with your friends and family.
A big part of that is making sure our clients’ wants and needs are met at all times. That’s why we make a point of always having green, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions on hand and ready to go – at absolutely no additional cost to our clients.
We also believe in passing along our green cleaning knowledge, whenever we can. We love to talk all things cleaning and organizing, including the strategies that can make taking care of your home more sustainable. The more people we can bring together in our mission for a greener world, the better off our oceans, lakes, and rivers will be.
So, if you ever have a question about comparing cleaning products, or making a green switch in your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re always happy to talk shop and make a difference, however we can. We’re sincerely passionate about these issues, dedicated to finding real solutions, and always eager to keep the conversation going.
Ready to make a difference for the environment in 2019? Want to set up a green cleaning for your Chicago home? Don’t hesitate to reach out for your free estimate!
Looking to exchange ideas on powerful, reusable cleaning products, or share how you’re going green this spring? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via email or social media to let us know your thoughts.