So you’ve decided to switch to a greener way of life, especially when it comes to caring for your home and those who live in it with you. But what you might not know is that those supposed green cleaning products you bought at the supermarket are petroleum-based, thus negating all your good efforts to go green.

If you effectively want to green clean your home, here are some tips to make it happen so you can reap the healthy and environmental benefits that cleaning green brings.

1. Buy genuine green cleaners

Not every green cleaner you see will truly be a green cleaner. Do some quick research first before choosing your green cleaning products. They should be non-toxic and biodegradable in order to be considered green.

2. Or make your own

You can make your own green cleaner too. Just mix either vinegar or baking soda with a little bit of water. Add this solution to a BPA-free spray bottle and you’ll have disinfecting green cleaning power.

3. Clear the air naturally

We all want our homes to smell fresh, but spraying those air fresheners is anything but fresh. They’re full of toxins that are harmful to your lungs. Instead, stop by the garden department or local plant nursery and pick up some house plants. They will naturally purify the air in your home. You can also boil herbs and spices or even cinnamon sticks on the stove to create a mood-inspiring aroma. Be careful to watch your stove when doing so though.

4. Say goodbye to antibacterial cleaners

Regular soap and water does the trick for removing dirt and germs. Stay away from antibacterial soaps and cleaners because they increase breeding among super germs. For surfaces that you want to keep germ-free, use your vinegar and water solution. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that won’t harm you or the environment.

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5. Absorb odors naturally

Bad smells can really kill the mood in your home. Keep them away with baking soda. Put it in places where foul odors tend to arise the most – in your refrigerator, in the bottom of your garbage can, and on your carpets too.

6. Safely dispose of toxic chemical agents

If you want to eliminate toxic cleaners from your home, please don’t pour them down the sink or throw them into the garbage. That will only send them into the environment. Instead, give your sanitation department a call and ask them how to best dispose of these things.

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to a greener home and a greener life!