We are a member of the ”Nature conservation association” in Sweden.
We take care of the environment in our daily work, therefore, we ensure that our employees work with products and services that are labeled with Good Environmental Choice mark or meet other environmental requirements. We regularly organize educational meetings for all of our employees to enhance their knowledge and awareness of the environment during their working time.
Cleaning without toxic chemicals
Cast an eye on the contents of the cleaning bottle in the broom closet. Not as fresh as it smells, right? You don’t need products packed with chemicals to get your home clean.
Remember that Eco-labeled detergents, dishwashing liquid and micro cloth works well in many cases. This is how you fix cleaning without unnecessary chemicals:
In stores we are tempted to buy a plenty of cleaning products – quite unnecessarily. Soap works excellent for both the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, floors and furniture. Eco-labeled detergents does not damage the environment as other cleaning products, and you expose either yourself or your family to unnecessary chemicals.
If you need stronger medium than soap, choose products labeled with Good Environmental Choice, alternatively ”Swan”.
Tricks with soap!
- Burned in saucepan: Boil water with a little soap. Let stand with the lid for a while. Wash off.
- Burned in the oven: Wash the oven with concentrated soap and heat to 100 degrees. Allow to cool down and wash out with a sponge.
- Dirty cooker: Rub the stove with a little soap. Leave for a minute and wipe off.
- Sink: Clean with some concentrated soap on a sponge pad. Shiny Clean!
Windows and mirrors
Window cleaning products are often great polluters of envirenment. Most contain substances that are difficult for nature to break down or are very toxic to aquatic organisms.
Several window cleaners also contains things that are not good for your lungs and your skin. Many window cleaning products requires extra cautions that are not indicated on the bottle.This is how you should protect yourself: Gloves and goggles recommended ” (W5 , Lidl ) or ” Good ventilation is recommended, as well as to wear gloves and wash your hands afterwards. ” ( Ajax ) .
Completely crazy and dangerous, you think? Especially since there is something better that is cheaper, greener, healthier and produce better results – detergent.
– Window cleaners are completely unnecessary. I think you should consider something more environmentally friendly, says Ivan Bengtsson, who won medals in the World Championships in window cleaning for several years in a row, and only use hand dishwashing detergent in the water.
Do as the world’s best window cleaner:
- 1. Mix water and detergent in a bucket.
- 2. Dip window cleaning rug in the solution and squeeze it.
- 3. Soak the window by dragging the window cleaning rug over the entire area.
- 4. Remove any spots and stains with a dollop scratch. The window must be wet only then the scraper should be used, otherwise the window may become scratched.
- 5. Scrape off the water with a squeegee, keep window cleaning rug down at the window to avoid spillage on the floor.
- 6. Use the cloth to wipe clean the edges.
Not as ambitious as the pros? Ignore the window cleaning rug and click scratch. Use a soft sponge or micro cloth for soaking and another for drying.
Do you prefer spray? Mix water and dish soap in a spray bottle.
Do you get streaks? Wipe them with crumpled newspaper.
Microfiber cloths absorb grease and dust, no cleaning required. There are different cloths for different uses – some are especially good for dust, others to clean windows.
Duster is also an eco-friendly product when you need to reach high places. Rocker attracts dust, you can clean it off by shakig off the dust on the balcony or out of the window.
Most take the vacuum cleaner when it is time to clean the floors – without thinking that it draws a lot of electricity. Try instead to occasionally replace vacuuming with microfiber cloth mopping. Micro mop attracts dirt and bacteria, and can be used both dry and moist.
How can you use the micro mop:
- Dust: Dry Mopping
- Dust and stains: Wet mopping with detergent
- Gravel, crumbs and dust : Vacuum cleaner or broom , then micro mop without detergent
- Really dirty floor: Wet mopping with soap
- The kitchen works micro cloths and soap excellent for the most part.
The microwave oven: Set a cup of water with lemon juice and heat on full power one minute. Now it’s easy to wipe away food particles and splashes. Plus it smells good!
The dishcloth: Throw the cloth in the laundry or cook it with a little dish soap once a week to keep it fresh for longer .
The Cooker: Get rid of ingrained dirt by pouring in vinegar and then sprinkle with plenty of baking powder. Let it bubble and fizz for a while, then clean with a cloth and lukewarm water.
Stop in the pipes: Pour one cup of baking soda and one cup of salt down the drain. Slowly pour a cup of vinegar. Let it foam and fizz. After fifteen minutes, pour a cup of boiling water. Done!
Lime : Clean with vinegar or citric acid.
Chlorine is lousy because it is toxic to aquatic beings and nature is difficult to break it down. There are several alternatives to chlorine that is much more environmentally friendly .
- Bleaching: Bleaching Salt labeled with Good Environmental Choice.
- Deep cleaning of bathrooms: Products marked with the Good Environmental Choice.
- Lime: Clean with vinegar or citric acid.
- Germicidal: Most bacteria are not dangerous, but necessary for our health. Therefore, it makes sense to not use germicides in your everyday life.