It can be a learning curve of sorts for students living in off-campus housing to keep their homes clean and tidy. For those concerned about the environment, there is always the challenge of completing these tasks in a greener way. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to achieve both of these goals. There are now entire lines of household products, including those just for cleaning, that have been developed to be green and eco-friendly.
The concept of going green in all aspects of life has gained so much momentum over the years that there are even house cleaning companies that have dedicated themselves to only promoting green cleaning solutions for homeowners. The company www.naked-clean.com, is a prime example. Based in San Diego, Naked Clean has based its entire business model on providing people with an entirely green approach to house cleaning through the use of its probiotic cleaners.
These products are non-toxic and designed to only kill the “bad” bacteria and germs, while preserving the “good” germs (microbes) that are responsible for helping to protect humans from what are known as “super bugs” that cause infections and illness.
The good news is that Naked Clean’s business model isn’t just for homeowners in the San Diego area. Other green house cleaning companies are beginning to crop up all across the country, especially in Northern California, where going green has been a way of life for many people, including college students.
Students at schools in the San Francisco Bay Area like Ohlone College and San Francisco State University who have the budgets to accommodate type of service, have a handful of such companies to choose from. Of course, not all students struggling to make the grade have the funds to hire a housekeeper.
But that doesn’t mean one still can’t do right by the environment each time they need to give their home a thorough cleaning. While there are green cleaning products available for sale at all stores, students on tight budgets have the DIY alternative. With just a few household items, such as club soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, borax, liquid Castile soap and hydrogen peroxide (among others), any student can keep a clean home without exposing themselves to harmful toxins and chemicals.
Keep your windows dust, dirt and streak-free by mixing club soda and one tablespoon of lemon juice in a spray bottle and using terry cloth or newspaper to wipe down any glass surfaces.
Need an all-purpose cleaner for every day spills and to keep counter tops clean? Combine one teaspoon of borax, 2 tablespoons white vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle, followed by ¼ cup of liquid Castile soap and you’ll be good to go.
Prevent large stains from setting in carpets by sprinkling cornmeal onto the soiled area, letting it sit for 15 minutes and then vacuuming. Blending 1/3 cup of water with ¼ cup of liquid Castile soap also makes for an ideal spot treatment.