Use natural and reusable accessories

Use fewer non-renewable accessories and avoid any products that potentially contain such harmful ingredients, such as sponges with antibacterial ingredients, and substitute rags for old shorts. You can also save money by using cloth rags instead of paper towels.

When you buy items like vacuums, buckets, sponges, paper towels, and mops, think about environmental impact, health, and disability. If paper towels are an absolute must for you, purchase unbleached, recycled paper.

When using HEPA vacuums, use sponges, rags rather than paper, and reusable mops, and you’ll be giving the environment the clear, fresh air it needs while cutting back on consuming non-renewable resources.

Educate yourself on water

Find out whether your water is hard or soft. If it’s hard, you’ll probably need a detergent to clean the scum away, as opposed to soap. By selecting the appropriate product for each job, you’ll not only cut down on the time spent, you’ll use fewer resources.

Find alternatives for chlorine bleach and disinfectants

Antibiotics aren’t the only thing resulting in drug resistance. Disinfectants are another. Chlorine bleach has the potential to produce cancer-causing chemicals in the wastewater stream. Ask about any chlorine bleach alternatives at a natural food store.

Conserve water

We should be doing all we can to protect one of our more diminishing and precious natural resources. Avoid leaving the water running unless you are using it or letting it drop into a bucket. Sweep, as opposed to mop, when feasible, and collect dust and mud at the door via a tracking matt, so the floor will need to be washed less.

Install a smart meter

Heating ranks among the biggest ways to use energy. Yet it isn’t difficult at all to leave it on for longer than it needs to be, especially in the winter. This can result in a waste of both money and energy. The best thing you could do to minimise this waste would be to install a smart meter. You can set them to turn on at present times, so perhaps you could set it to turn on just before you’re due to arrive home and to turn off an hour before you’re due to leave. Smart meters are necessary for anyone wishing to both reduce their energy spend and minimise their carbon footprint.

Use your senses

If you just use your smell sense, you’ll recognise when toxic chemicals may be leaking from dated product bottles, when dog beds are crying out for a cleaning, or when any food you have has gone rotten. If you use your touch sense, you’ll know when the floor needs a wash, or when a doorknob is sticky etc.

Should you rely on your senses to guide you, you won’t let cleaning tasks build up and instead will attend to them as and when they’re needed to be done. You’ll find yourself with cleaner air indoors and be more alert to possible toxic exposures. Not only would that be using your physical senses but your common sense, too.