Your house needs to be cleaned, but the cleaners available on the market are strong and toxic. It is important that you can effectively clean your home to keep pests and dirt or debris out of the way. If you want to have an environmentally friendly home, then you may be looking for green household cleaners and how to store them. Below, we will go over some of the best household cleaners that are green and how to store them.
The Basics of Green Household Cleaners
When you want to switch over to green cleaners, you can purchase some at the store or you can make them yourself in your home. Most people prefer to make them at home because then they know what ingredients are actually being used in the cleaner.
When it comes to green household cleaners, you should have a combination of the following ingredients:
- Borax (food grade)
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- White vinegar
- Olive oil
- Essential oils
- Fresh citrus and herbs
If you do not want your household cleaners to be scented, then you can skip the citrus peels, fresh herbs, or essential oils. These items are used to help scent your cleaners and you can choose from any scents that you like. The amount that you use to scent your cleaner will depend on how strong you want the scent to be. Of course, you should start with a little bit and then add more gradually.
If you need to scrub an item, then you should use a combination of baking soda and water to make a paste.
The Basics to Storing Your Household Green Cleaners
When you are not using your household green cleaners, you need somewhere to place them and store them. The best way to store them is in a dark place that does not experience extreme weather changes. This means that the cleaners should not be kept where it gets too hot or too cold.
You can store the cleaners in your garage, but most people prefer to store them under their kitchen cabinets for easy accessibility.
Important Final Thoughts on Household Cleaners – Green or Not
If you do have any household cleaners that are considered toxic, you do not want to simply place them in a storage unit, as most storage units do not permit them. See a list of items you cannot store in your storage unit here. IF your cleaners are considered to be green, you may be able to store them in your unit.
Before you imply toss out your toxic cleaners, you should contact your local waste company to find out if you need to dispose of them in a proper manner. Sometimes, you are not permitted to throw them in your trash can. You will need to verify this information first.
If you plan to keep your green cleaners in your garage, you should keep them organized and LABELED, so that there is no confusion about what is in the bottle. You can use shelving units in your garage to keep your tools and green chemicals organized throughout the year.