One of the easiest and simple ways of living a more eco-friendly life is to choose eco-friendly cleaning products. Ordinary detergents contribute to pollution of water bodies by adding nutrients, toxic and harmful substances to coastal and inland waters (rivers and lagoons). Over time this results in eutrophication and “poisoning” of aquatic ecosystems with tremendous detrimental effects to all forms of life.
By living in consciousness, we experience ourselves as being part of the Whole. Ecological concerns naturally grow in our lives, which not only means care for the Earth, but some how also means care for the self. By simply choose an eco-friendly detergent, or another eco-friendly cleaning solution, we are actively reducing the input of nutrients and toxic/harmful compounds on the environment, and therefore, contributing to a better world.
There are many eco-friendly detergents available in the market, whether for laundry or for cleaning the floor. Choose wisely from an trustworthy brand and use just the needed amount for your cleaning purposes. Besides, there are many other solutions you can use that are eco-friendly and give great results too. For instance, apple cider vinegar is an excellent cleaner for floor, bathroom, glasses, etc. Its cheap, totally natural and biodegradable.
Here I present some of the cleaning solutions I use, which after some trial and error, provided me with best results.
- Laundry – soap nuts for color clothes (7 soap nuts + 3 drops of lavender essential oil (optional) = 2 laundry batches using warm water); and powder, eco-friendly laundry detergent for white or very dirty clothes. I usually add 1 Tbsp of sodium bicarbonate for whitening.
- Floor – 3 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar + 3 Tbsp of soap nuts liquid* diluted on cleaning water. If you aren’t using soap nuts, use 1 tsp of eco-friendly detergent/soap (liquid or powder) instead.
- Dishes – natural, vegan soap bar (e.g. Dr. Bronner’s soap) applied directly on cleaning sponge. One bar may last for 3-6 months depending on use. Its cheap and efficient.
- Glasses – use apple cider vinegar diluted in water to clean the glasses with a sponge, and immediately dry the glasses with a dry clothe. That’s all you need to have shinning glasses.
- Bathroom – clean with soap nuts liquid* or natural, vegan soap bar (or liquid, if you prefer so – e.g. Dr. Bronner’s soap) directly on cleaning sponge. Rinse with water, spray the surface with apple cider vinegar and rinse again. It’s done.
On the whole, you are not only saving Nature/Mother Earth, but also saving money. You are not only care for the Whole, but also caring for yourself. Eco-friendly cleaning also means a healthier way of living with benefits for all. If you are energy sensitive you will notice a positive effect on your vibration too. Many cleaning products contain toxic substances that negatively affect our energy level. Eco-friendly cleaning solutions mean holistic wellness for you and the Whole.
*Boil the soap nuts discarded after the 2 batches of laundry in water for 5 minutes, allow it to cool, sieve and store in a jar. Use as regular liquid detergent.
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