Marketing your Airbnb property as a sustainable homestay is a great idea, not mention that you are making your contributions to the environment. It also shows that you have values and that you stand by it.
Being into a sustainable lifestyle means that you’re going to attract like-minded people who will be interested in supporting you because of your similar values. If you are interested in making the shift but haven’t had the idea of how to, then you can start by using eco-friendly cleaning products on your Airbnb rental.
Here are several tips that can help you get started with it:
Opt for Natural and Non-Toxic Products
You should do a purge in your Airbnb unit and start getting rid of all the old cleaning products that you were using. If they’re anything like the common commercial products available out there, then there’s a big chance that they are made from toxic materials that aren’t good for you and the environment.
Instead, you should use products that are made from natural ingredients that won’t harm you if you come into contact with it. Do your research before supporting any commercial green cleaning product, though. You want to be sure that they stand by what they say.
Look into what others say about the brand online to know whether their products are genuine or not.
Make it Easy to Recycle
Recycling is a great way of making sure that the trash that is thrown away doesn’t completely end up being wasted.
Although recycling is a great way of keeping a green and clean environment, not everyone is trained to know how to recycle right. Plus, your Airbnb guests are going to come from all sorts of backgrounds.
Therefore, you should make sure that you provide adequate information that will teach your guests how to throw away the trash and segregate the recyclables properly.
Label every bin for what sort of items are supposed to be thrown in them, so it’s easier for your guests to know where to throw what trash they have. Plus, it will be convenient for you since you don’t have to sort through the trash yourself.
Air Out Rooms Regularly
When cleaning your rental unit after a guest checked-out, we would advise our clients at Maid Sailors Maid Service Airbnb to open the windows. This ensures that whatever scent the previous guest left will be aired out.
In fact, doing this is better than relying on your air conditioner. This way, any lingering scents of previous guests will be removed, and it will feel like a brand new room all over again. It’s a great way of reducing your electricity costs, as well.
Plus, you don’t have to spray the room with some sort of artificial freshener if you could just get in fresh air into the room to make the air less stale.
Use Lemon as Multi-purpose Cleaner
If you’re looking to make your own homemade cleaners, then you can’t go wrong with using lemon as an ingredient for a multi-purpose cleaner. Given the astringent property of lemon, it can serve as a strong cleaning agent.
For example, you can use it to scrub your bathtubs by sprinkling rock salt into a slice of lemon and scrubbing the bathtub. You can also use lemon as a deodorizer since its lemony scent can freshen up the smell of space.
You can mix it with other tried and tested household products like baking soda and vinegar to create other cleaning solutions. Since lemon is quite affordable, you don’t have to spend a lot of money just to buy a number of cleaning solutions.
Baking Soda as an All-purpose Cleaner
Another product that could be available in your home anytime is baking soda.
Baking soda has a lot of cleaning effects, which makes it great as an all-purpose cleaner. However, do note that baking soda can be quite tough, so you should be careful about using it.
For one, you can use baking soda as a scrub or as an abrasive since it’s grainy. Aside from that, you can help dampen unwanted odors with its deodorizing effect. You can even mix it with water to create a paste that will help remove rust on the surface.
If you really want an all-purpose cleaner with baking soda, then create a liquid solution of water and baking soda and put it into a spray bottle. It should be able to serve as a light cleaner.
Scrub Your Bathtub with Grapefruit
If your bathtub is getting a little grimy and is needing a sprucing up, then you can scrub away at it using a grapefruit.
Not only is it an affordable cleaning solution, but it will also smell good. All you need to do is cut a grapefruit in half and then sprinkle rock salt on each side before scrubbing the bathtub.
Make sure that you squeeze out some of the juice as you scrub along the walls of your tub. After all that, you can then rinse the bathtub with water, and then you’ll get a sparkling clean bathtub at the end of it.
Remove Limes with White Vinegar
If you’re experiencing limescale or hard, chalky deposits in your kettles or in your pipes, then you can use white vinegar to get rid of them. All you need are some paper towels that are drenched in vinegar. Leave these on the areas affected by limescale.
After a couple of minutes, wash it away. Do note that you shouldn’t use this on marble surfaces as well as fittings plated with gold since the vinegar’s acidity will damage them.
Use Old Socks for Dusting
If you have some socks at home that you aren’t wearing anymore but are still relatively whole, then consider using them as a makeshift duster for your Airbnb rental unit.
The dust will cling better on the cloth, and you can use the sock as a glove to wipe away surfaces with.
Outsource Cleaning Services
Sometimes, you might not have the time to clean your rental property yourself. Plus, some green cleaning methods take a lot of time.
If this is a concern for you, then you can outsource your cleaning services to professionals who not only have green cleaning products on the go but are also faster and more efficient at cleaning than you might be.
These eco-friendly cleaning tips listed above should make it a little easier for you to keep an eco-friendly Airbnb unit. Most of these steps aren’t too complicated, so they’re easily actionable. Next time, try and consider applying these tips for your rental property.