Friday, June 13, 2008

Sweep the floor

by Leo Charles Roring

How do you clean your house? This is a simple question that I ask of you. Some of you will say, "Well, I clean my house using some cleaning devices, such as brush for the toilet, abrasive pad for the sink, and vacuum cleaner for the floor. If I want to mop the floor I will use electric mopping machine."

Whatever the tools you use, you have to make sure that you don't spend much electrical energy. More electrical energy we spend, indirectly, more fossil fuel we burn. Most of the power plant in the world run on fossil fuel i.e. diesel fuel.

So, if you really care about the environment, please don't use more machines for cleaning your house. You can still clean the floor with a broom instead of vacuum cleaner. You can wipe the window pane with a peace of wet cloth but please do not apply chemical liquids. Just use water. The dust will be wiped away with wet cloth. You can brush your bathroom tiles and rinse them with water. Don't use acid liquid as it may be harmful for the environment. If you are diligent enough in cleaning your house manually without using cleaning machines, your house will still be clean. Unfortunately, if the floor is covered with thick carpet, you will still need a vacuum cleaner. Well, you can still clean it without vacuum cleaner but it takes time and hard work. I used to clean my carpet by hanging it on the clothes line and beating it repeatedly. The dust would fly everywhere. This way is not practical.

When you go to a shop, you can see many kinds of broom and brush there. If you are interested in buying a broom, please choose the one that is not made of plastic. The broom that you choose has to be made of material such as wood, palm fiber or animal hair.

Sweeping the floor with a broom is not enough. You must use a broom that is made of natural material as I mentioned above. Don't use a broom whose brush is plastic. Most plastic material is made of oil. Use a natural one.

Maybe most of you will say that the manual cleaning a house is a laborious job. If we are serious in fighting global warming, it is worthy. Any single act that we do everyday has to be environmental friendly. In addition, cleaning your house with your own hands will be good for your health. It will burn fat stored under your skin so that you will look slim and healthy.

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