Green Cleaning In St. Augustine, Florida

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Network Realty

I don't know about most of the REALTORS in St. Augustine, Florida, or around the United States but cleaning is not really one of my favorite things to do. There often does not seem to be enough time to get all my real estate work finished much less have time to clean.  I love it when my house is clean and smells good. but not the good that comes from most commercial cleaners and detergents. I have gone to using old fashioned cleaning supplies. I do it because using the stronger commercial product sometimes bothered me when I got done. According to Women's Voices for the Earth there are over 85,000 chemicals contained in cleaning products and only a small amount have been tested on how they affect people. Here are some things to be aware of:

  • Never mix products there can be dangerous reactions
  • Avoid air freshners they can produce many reactions like headaches, allergic reactions & repiratory problems
  • Overuse of disinfectants has contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic resistant superbugs.
  • Don't buy multiple cleaning products just use one multi-purpose, or better yet make your own.

You can make your own Green Cleaning Products easily. I use baking powder to clean my sinks, bathtubs, and the tile in my foyer. It makes everything sparkle. Vinegar has long been used for cleaning windows and mirrors. Borax can be used to for cleaning but I have not tried it. I have heard that if you have a flea problem that you can sprinkle it on your carpets and it kills the fleas but does not harm people. It's what our grandparents used. Did you know that sponges carry tons of bacteria? You can put them in the microwave for one minute and it will kill the bacteria, If you want something to smell good you could add a few drops of essential oils to the borax or baking powder. Give it a try and if you like it let your real estate customers know about it too.

There are ways to Go Green that are easy and effective. I would love to hear about any things you have tried that I can add to my list.

Comments (2)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for great success on ActiveRain.

 Blooming for home buyers in Maryland.

Jun 09, 2010 11:07 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Ann, welcome to Active Rain! You have just joined the best real estate group in the country, in my opinion!

My green tip is to avoid those plug in air fresheners ~ I think they are absolutely toxic. Buy a Lampe Bergere or other catalytic converter alcohol lamp and REMOVE odors and 85% of air borne germs and make your home smell lovely at the same time!

Jun 10, 2010 04:39 PM