Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning
After a stuffy, cold winter, spring cleaning is the breath of fresh air that you and your entire house needs. This year, stay away from harsh chemicals and use cleaning products and methods that are safe and eco-friendly. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips that can make your cleaning routine eco-friendly all year long.
1. REPLACE OLD CLEANING SUPPLIES WITH NON-TOXIC AND ECO-FRIENDLY SUPPLIES
Some of the best green cleaning supplies are simple and can be found right at home in your cabinets. Instead of buying toxic supplies to clean your home, try making your own eco-friendly products. Many natural cleaners contain simple ingredients such as lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar. You can also buy several types of non-toxic products at stores in your local community! It’s easier than ever to make your cleaning routine less toxic, natural and eco-friendly.
2. RECYCLE CLOTHES TO MAKE CLEANING RAGS
Instead of throwing away old, tattered clothes use them to make cleaning rags or towels. When they are not in good enough condition to donate, old clothes will make an excellent substitute to clean mirrors, windows, and doors!
3. COMPOST YOUR DISPOSABLES
Although many items you’ll be throwing away during your spring cleaning will not be suitable for recycling, it is still important to dispose of your “green” waste, such as old food, dead flowers, and paper items in an eco-friendly way. By including your disposables in your general waste, you are not allowing for natural decomposition and will miss out on creating a great natural fertiliser for your home garden or potted plants.
4. RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY
Before buying a replacement item after spring cleaning, research that item first. Is it something you absolutely need? Is it something that you could buy used? Are there eco-friendly or more sustainable options?
Here are examples of sustainable alternatives you can buy:
1. LED Light bulbs instead of fluorescent light bulbs
2. Non-toxic candles & freshener instead of toxic air fragrances fresheners
3. Secondhand furniture, like, tables, chairs, bed frames and shelving units
4. Secondhand decor items if you’re updating your home interior
When preparing for spring cleaning, remember that using toxic cleaning chemicals, and filling up your trash with old clothes and paper towels are not necessary. This spring, think about ways you can be eco-friendly, and make the process green!