Before we get started, it is important for us to be aware that a lot of the products that you see advertised as being ‘earth friendly’, are not. There are usually a lot of nasty chemicals hidden, (even in our shampoo, conditioner and soaps), which are not friendly, or natural. These chemicals are washed down the drain and make their way into waterways, are evaporated into the air that we breathe, and poison the animals and fish that drink from the water.
Bleach Can Clean But is not Safe
Some chemical cleaners are obviously toxic, and we can usually identify these ones easily by their harsh odours and the chemical toxicity that lingers in the air after they have been used.
Chemicals like bleach might be great for cleaning. However, but the impact that they have on people and the environment could really detract from the good that they do with keeping germs away. A lot of people don’t stop to think about the impact of their skin absorbing that chemical and what happens from there.
Let’s just say that anything that goes into the body has to be flushed out by the liver and kidneys, so using harsh chemicals regularly will eventually impact your health, so it makes sense to be mindful about what you use to clean.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
A cleaning product that truly is earth friendly is something that will have relatively no impact on the environment that it comes into contact with, which includes people’s bodies that touch it.
For example, one of the most effective cleaning solutions for chores around the house is simply white vinegar and baking soda. This powerful duo reacts together to allow for moving tough dirt from surfaces. However, in the case of fabric or wood blinds, it may leave a mark, so probably would not be suitable.
Water Will Do
For wooden or fabric blinds, the most effective cleaning solution is simply water, which if you are cleaning your blinds regularly, should be all that you need to get the job done.
As we have said before, a feather duster, used once a week to lift away the dust is often all that is needed to keep the blinds looking in optimal condition and has zero impact on the earth. However, if your blinds do have some dirty marks that won’t come off with dusting, or wiping with water, simply prepare a small bowl of warm water and dish soap. With this you will be able to gently wipe the dirty spot with a soft cloth to remove the dirt.
Having said that, please note to always follow the manufacturers recommendations for cleaning, as they will specify the cleaning that is appropriate for the material that your particular blinds are made of. You can also give us a call at Blind Concepts if you are still unsure, and we can discuss how we can assist you with your needs.