Becoming a green housekeeper

As an experienced housekeeper, you may have an arsenal of tools and products that you use to do your job efficiently. While these cleaners work well, an increasing number of homeowners are requesting that their domestic staff use more natural and eco-friendly products when they are engaging in housekeeping duties. A recent study conducted by the American Thoracic Society found that the use of household cleaning sprays raises the risk of developing asthma, so it's understandable that employers would not want to be exposed to these chemicals. 

While most employers will not be trained in the proper use of natural and organic products, they may expect a newly-hired housekeeper to be knowledgeable about them. If you're trying to make a transition into using natural products, or are just interested in a refresher, we offer a few suggestions to help you make the change:

Learn the other uses of basic household items

You can make many effective cleaning products from items found in a kitchen cabinet. Some of the most common household supplies that can be used for housekeeping include:

  • Baking soda
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar.

Learn about the ingredients in commercial cleaning products

The federal government doesn't require ingredients to be listed on cleaning products, but you should be on the lookout for harsh chemicals like ammonia and chlorine. In addition, avoid soaps and cleaners labeled "antibacterial." The Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association both say that these don't clean any better than regular soaps and can promote resistance to antibiotics. 

If you are a skilled housekeeper looking for new employment opportunities contact Colonial Domestic Agency today. Our counselors may be able to place you with a household that needs someone with your experience.