Category Archives: Eco-Friendly

Green Cleaning Products

It goes without saying that you want your house, your home, to be as clean as possible. It just feels and looks nicer, safer for your family and it’s inviting to all your guests. Now clean is one thing and using super harsh chemicals is another — what’s the point of cleaning with something that isn’t safe for you to smell, get on your skin or eyes? The point is that there is no point in doing that.

Posted on: 19 Oct 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Plants In The Office

Working in an office can take its toll, especially if you’re stuck in the same building, day after day. It’s hard to be in the office when the sun is shining and the weather is so nice.

In 1984, the World Health Organization created the term, “sick building syndrome,” which relates to complaints made relating to time spent inside an enclosed building environment, including ailments such as asthma, headaches and nausea.

Also in 1984, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term, “biophilia,” in his book of the same name, which refers to humanity’s innate need for nature.

When you combine the two concepts, you’ll find that there’s a simple solution that can bring a positive outcome to the comfort and health of employees in the workplace.

As a Matter of Plants

“Plant-scaping” is known as a popular way to incorporate plants into an office environment.

Known as an inter-office plant care program, you may have also heard it referred to as a “living wall” or “green wall.” These terms refer to the idea of bringing natural elements into the workplace.

It’s been shown that plant-scaping can help to reduce stress, tension and anxiety, all the while increasing worker efficiency thanks to better air quality.

That’s right – healthy, living plants have the ability to clean the air you breathe, trapping and disposing of airborne contaminants found in every day products. Dust levels and man-made toxins within and office environment can be significantly reduced by plants.

How Does It Work?

Plants grow through a natural process known as photosynthesis, which converts sunlight into sugar. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide along with airborne contaminants and replaces it with oxygen.

The right type of plants for an office setting requires proper planning. Choose plants that are able to thrive in a workplace setting where air conditioning, heating and other environmental conditions must be taken into consideration:

  • Cactus
  • Succulents (such as hens and chicks)
  • Ivy
  • Spider plants
  • Bamboo

There are many positive aspects to adding an inter-office plant care program into the workplace; it increases the overall productivity and focus of your business, and it also makes your workplace look fresh and inviting to clients and staff.

At the end of the day, a healthy office is a happy office.

Posted on: 06 Jul 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Baking Soda, Lemon & Vinegar

Cleaning Power

Baking soda, vinegar and lemon. Cleaning with these three key ingredients is like taking the powers of three separate superheroes and combining them into one great big environmentally friendly caped crusader.

It is, literally, the world’s worst kept secret: Basic cleaning 101.

The combination of baking soda, vinegar and lemon is the ultimate team of cleaning green. These three products have so many things going for them: First, the fact that they’re non-toxic is a big positive. They can clean almost anything and everything, and each of these items are wallet friendly; they’re super inexpensive.

By themselves, each item has a strength of its own, but together, the possibilities are immense!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is probably the most diverse product of the three. Also known as bicarbonate, baking soda can be used everywhere; throughout the house and outdoors, to remove and keep away odours, scrub out stains without scratching the surface and even clean-up lawn furniture. It can also be used for cooking or baking, as the name suggests.

Lemon

Lemons are a great-smelling, non-toxic way to clean your home. Dilute fresh lemon juice with water in a spray bottle for an air freshener, or to clean countertops, walls and toilets. Lemon can be used to deodorise and clean the dishwasher, shower doors, and shine chrome faucets.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a natural, powerful and cheap option for cleaning up. Place a bowl of vinegar in a room overnight to get rid of any unpleasant odours. Clean windows with a mixture of vinegar and water, remove persistent stains from clothing, make your brights brighter in the wash.

Three-In-One

People were cleaning with these ingredients long before the fancy, sometimes harsh brand-name cleaning products were invented. With the power of cleaning staples like baking soda, lemon and vinegar, you are able to clean the whole house effectively and safely.

Kitchen/Bathroom Sink Cleaner and Deodoriser

  • Sprinkle ½ cup baking soda in and around the drain
  • Pour ½ cup vinegar down the drain
  • Squeeze juice from ½ lemon into drain
  • Let hot water rinse the ingredients for about one minute

Cleaning with these items could save you money. And your house will smell fresh because of it!

Posted on: 18 May 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
5 DIY Cleaners – Green Spring Cleaning Your Home

Removing toxic cleaning products to spring clean your home is the first step to spring green cleaning. Picking up environmentally friendly cleaning products goes a long way to ensure a fresh home environment. Eliminating toxic chemicals around your house is proven to help you sleep and concentrate better, as well as breathe cleaner air.

Posted on: 14 Apr 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Go Green, Toilet Clean!

It may be the one thing in your house that everyone absolutely needs, absolutely uses every day and absolutely hates to clean — the toilet. And since the business that takes place on it can be nasty, you always want to do the best job sanitizing and disinfecting, you resort to heavy duty cleaners and chemicals to get the job done. But you don’t have to.

Posted on: 16 Mar 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Carpet Cleaning – Green Style!

One of the problems with indoor carpet is that they are the perfect breeding ground for mites, moulds and dust. Vacuuming is your first line of defence and should be done regularly with a decent model.

Posted on: 03 Mar 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
How to Disinfect, Naturally

Cutting boards. Foul smelling dish cloths. Stopping the spread of germs.

It is really important to clean not just so a space looks good, but so that it doesn’t make you sick, and so it doesn’t smell. And this is a place where nature really does shine.

Posted on: 19 Feb 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Cleaning with Vinegar

You probably know by now that vinegar makes an excellent non-toxic cleaner. But you might not have realized how many things can be cleaned with this cheap and plentiful substance.

Posted on: 04 Feb 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
How Green are “Green” Products Actually?

Consumers and businesses alike are now turning to green products so they can ensure they are doing their bit for the environment. However, there is still little regulation over some terms such as eco-friendly, so how do you know how green the product you intend buying is? This article will help to provide a guide.

Posted on: 19 Jan 2016
Posted by: GreenGuru
Protect Your Hands While Keeping Green

Keeping your house clean can be a challenge, what with kids, pets, and the way the Great Outdoors insists on making it indoors, and onto your floors. Even tougher is keeping your house clean while not completely destroying your hands. 

Posted on: 16 Dec 2015
Posted by: GreenGuru
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