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Home cleaning isn’t as challenging as it seems - and it can be easily completed without using toxic, chemically induced cleaners and a plethora of paper towels. In fact, there are many ways you can go about cleaning your home’s exterior with the environment in mind.

Read on to discover some eco-friendly exterior cleaners, as well as the most effective and efficient ways to clean the exterior of your home.

Avoid Chemicals: Using commercial grade window cleaners filled with chemicals not only leave residue and streaks on your windows, but can lead to headaches if used for an elongated period of time. There are a number of “green” exterior cleansers that can safely remove dirt, dust, and grime from your home’s siding and windows just as effectively as cleanser containing chemicals would. Many of these natural cleansers can be used to power wash your home to easily blast away dust and debris.

Blend Your Own Cleanser: Something that most home-owners fail to realize is that you can create your own natural cleanser with everyday ingredients found in a home. Simply combine salt, olive oil, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice to create a non-toxic alternative to a manufactured chemical cleaner. This solution is safe to use on all of your home’s exterior surfaces, as well as interior surfaces like countertops and floors.

Use Microfiber Cloths: If you have never previously heard of microfiber cloths, you have just stumbled upon a new home essential. Unlike paper towels or newspapers, these cloths are virtual dust magnets and will easily pick up dirt and grime. We also suggest using this type of cloth to wipe down windows and siding after having them power washed to remove excess dirt and dust.  Lastly, these cloths are washable and re-useable, making them environmentally friendly as well.

Clear Out Gutters: Clogged gutters can be detrimental to the health of a home, so it is important to take the time to clean them out every few months. They can quickly become clogged with leaves and other debris throughout the summer months, allowing water to pool and potentially attract termites. Avoid this issue by scooping out piles of debris and using a leaf blower or hose to drive the caked on dirt out of your gutters.

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