7 Hacks for a greener (and cleaner) homes:
One of the greatest perks living in Hong Kong is having help around the house. We know a lot of us (myself included) probably don’t do much house chores, and probably don’t give much thought about it.
The sad truth is, household cleaning chemicals are hidden with toxins – for both your health and the ocean. Majority of our toilet cleaners, for example, contain common pollutants that contribute to smog, reduce the quality of drinking water and are toxic to animals. No, we’re not telling you to stop cleaning toilets, but there are many alternatives to make our homes greener.
- Multipurpose cleaner –Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) of water
- Stain Remover – Using a small amount of soap and water or vinegar, blot the stain carefully with a barely-wet sponge. Rinse the sponge, and use plain water to blot again if water is allowed. Blot dry with towels.
- Coffee and Tea Stains – Remove stains in cups by applying vinegar to a sponge and wiping. To clean a teakettle or coffee maker, add 2 cups water and 1/4 cup vinegar; bring to a boil. Let cool, wipe with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly with water.
- Scouring Powder – For your stovetop, refrigerator, and other surfaces that should not be scratched, apply baking soda directly with a damp sponge.
- Laundry detergent – We’re in love with Ecoegg that is environmentally friendly and free from harsh chemicals. Each egg lasts up to 720 washes!
- If you haven’t done so already, switch to LED lights. It uses 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
- Adjust your A/C. We’re so accustomed to the freezing cold AC at work, we tend to have A/C much cooler than we actually need. Increasing the air–conditioner temperature setting by just 1 degree Celsius can save about 6 per cent of electricity consumption (and your electricity bill too!)