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02 September 2014
Making Your Cleaning Materials Go Further
Making Your Cleaning Materials Go FurtherWhen you are cleaning, you may well have noticed that there is a great deal of waste. The fact of the matter is that cleaning is not something that anyone wants to think a huge amount about, and the result is that little is done in the domestic cleaning to ensure that waste and environmental damage are limited. You will find that the best way to reduce the amount of waste in your house cleaning is to work out where it is happening, and to ensure that you are using materials and techniques that promote the longest possible use of each item that you buy. If you are not entirely sure as to how to go about this, then have a look over the following points on the matter. For a start, you will no doubt have a few disposable sponges and cloths under your sink, or in your cupboard. These items are the heart of the problem with a lot of the cleaning industry. The use of disposable items is inherent in the amount of waste that goes on, and you will find that there is a huge amount that you can do to prevent it. A pack of 4 disposable sponges will usually cost you around a pound. They will perhaps last you two weeks, maybe three, depending on how much you use them. Then they will be thrown in to the bin, one by one, and a new pack will be bought. For a pound you could buy a cotton washcloth that would last you a year, easily. For another pound you could by a metal scourer, and for a couple of pounds you could buy a brush made from wood. At best that’s around four pounds to have the materials to do the sponges’ job for the year, rather than a couple of months. The best part is that the materials that the longer lasting items are made from will be a lot better for the environment, and will not end up sitting on land fill sites for thousands of years, or floating around the ocean. The same goes for items like plastic dust pans, or buckets. These items will crack very easily, which is a part of their job for the supplier. The producer wants you to buy a new one every few months, rather than have a single one for life. A tin bucket or dustpan will last you forever if well cared for, but a plastic one will crack or split very easily, making it useless. Simply thinking about these things is not enough, you need to put them in to action. Be sure that you are getting the best from your materials, and that you are doing the best for the planet. You can do this with liquid products as well. You can be conservative with the amount of washing up liquid that you use, to see how much you actually need in order to get the job done well, so that there is no waste. The same goes for finding uses for the same product around the house. If you want to, you can use washing up liquid in the bathroom and in the mop bucket, rather than buying extra bathroom cleaner or floor cleaner. The stuff will even work in upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning. Be aware of the places in your home cleaning that you may be at risk of waste, and ensure that you are undoing that risk by being conscientious with how you use things.


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