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On green housekeeping

india Updated: Mar 09, 2011 02:27 IST

Hindustan Times
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Go ecological with green housekeeping.

1 Basic measures: Alter your day-to-day activities to make an impact. Use paper products and trash bags instead of the plastic ones. For mopping, go in for re-usable/washable rags and mops, which are effective and do not shed fibers. Do not throw the dirty water in the drains, after mopping the floors. This water can be used for watering the plants in your garden or balcony.

2 Plant wise: You may not need an electric air filter if you use specific toxin absorbing indoor plants. Plants like Money plant and Areca palm help in cleaning the indoor air and keeping it fresh.

3 Clean without chemicals: To clean the common surfaces, avoid the usage of chemicals. Cleansers like Vinegar, Baking Soda, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil are the most natural ones available and work well to clean kitchen shelves.

4 Home remedies: A common cause of a variety of health problems are pesticides. For their removal, use products such as boric acid. You may even want to follow grandma’s method of using certain herbs and spices that repel insects. Citronella oil mixed with paraffin oil can be used in oil lamps for repelling mosquitoes and neem leaves boiled in water can be sprayed to get rid of pests.

5 Call in for Green Housekeeping Service: If you want to maintain cleanliness in your homes, but do not have the time to do it yourself, call for help. There are an increasing number of green cleaning services out there to help get things spic and span.