I thought I had it all figured out. I was finally moving out of my parents’ house to starting my own life as a young married woman. It was going to be my own house and my own rules. It was going to be perfect too and my home would be the coziest place in the world. I was wrong. I soon realized that it was going to take more than just wishful thinking to put things in order. Of course, doing the household chores can be so exhausting and boring especially when we can’t figure out quicker and more interesting ways of fulfilling this daunting task of womanhood. I had to pause as I began to think about just how to make the exercise less time consuming and enjoyable. I eventually found myself a greener and quicker routine and since then, it has never been less fulfilling and enjoyable. Here are some green hacks to help you get through the chores effectively and quickly, hopefully reducing the time and money it takes to do so.
- TUB, TOILET AND SINK
Make a mixture of equal part sweet scented castile soap and baking soda and put inside the toilet to soak while you wipe down the exterior of the toilet. Deep a small cleaning brush into the toilet cleaning mixture and gently use it to scrub the hand basin and the bath tub. Use a mixture of water and vinegar to mop the floor.
- THE REFRIGERATOR
Wipe down the interior of the refrigerator with baking soda and make sure you remove and spoiled food. The baking soda scrubs and eliminates odours without damaging the surfaces.
Create less laundry by reusing. Towels can be reused. Jeans and pyjamas can be reworn. Ankara fabrics and brocades can also be worn a second and in some cases even a third time. Do not run the washing machine until you have a full load. This will minimize the use of water and soap. Try to reduce the burden by delegating responsibilities for washing, drying and putting away clothing. You may write and post some basic rules in the laundry room which is practicable enough for everyone to adapt to and abide by.
This is one chore I personally know a lot of women find tasking. However you can reduce the task by running a sink of warm water mixed either with homemade soap or baking soda and white vinegar as soon as you begin cooking. Then wash items as you go. This will prevent foods on dishes from hardening and will make for quicker and easier cleaning, thus avoiding dish build – up.
- WINDOWS AND MIRRORS
Reduce waste by using reusable dry wash clothes in cleaning mirrors and windows. You can also use old newspapers as they are recyclable. White vinegar is an inexpensive easy cleaner that can also be used on mirrors and windows to clean and shine surfaces. Just spray a little amount of vinegar mixed with equal part water on the surface to be cleaned and wipe with a reusable wash cloth or an old newspaper. It is best to wait for an overcast day to clean mirrors and windows in order to prevent extra rubbing.
- COOKER AND OVEN
When your cooker and oven are less busy, take a few moments and spray the surfaces of the cooker and the insides of the oven with a natural homemade cleaning mixture or an oven cleaner. After dinner or the following day, wipe dirts and grime from the cooker and the oven.
- CLEARING CLUTTER
Set aside a time to sort out items you no longer use in the house. You can either donate the items or recycle them. You can also figure out a way of reusing them by transforming them into items for a newer and different purpose. You can put away commonly used items in labeled boxes and store them in a safe place
- DUSTING HARD SURFACES
The best option for dusting hard surfaces, especially woods is to add a little olive oil. This will make it sparkling and shiny. Alternatively, spray the surface with a mixture of water, vinegar and lemon. This will also give it a shiny effect.
- MOPPING FLOORS
This is one of the chores I find most enjoyable. All I need is a mopping stick and a bucket filled with water mixed with white vinegar and I’m good to go.
Basically, there are three natural cleaning agents that I wouldn’t trade for anything; Vinegar, baking soda and castile soap. It costs much less than buying those artificial potions straight off the supermarket shelves. Plus, the environmental impact of natural cleaning agents is much milder. I hope these tips have been useful. If you have any useful tips we can all benefit from, please do share them in the comment box.