Tips for Going Green with your Spring-Cleaning Routine
It’s our responsibility to keep the Earth as clean as possible, and what better way than to start with our spring-cleaning routine? Between getting rid of trash in the most sustainable manner and being sure to only use eco-friendly products in our household, here are a few tips on how to go green in your home with your spring cleaning routine.
Dusters can be both ineffective and wasteful to the environment. Instead of purchasing disposable dusters, consider using a damp rag, cloth diapers, or an old shirt to wipe up dust. If you’ve already purchased a duster kit, you can fashion these cloths onto a duster stick to make cleaning easier. These pieces of cloth are also great to use in place of paper towels when cleaning surfaces.
Make Your Own Potpourri
Though they smell nice, aerosol sprays have long been proven to be harmful to the environment and can also be bad for our health. Instead of using these harsh sprays, make your own potpourri by boiling some herbs and spices in a pot. This is a great way to use great smelling ingredients in your fridge and pantry that are approaching the end of their lifespan, without wasting them. A favorite is using apples and cinnamon sticks to freshen up your entire home.
Go Natural When Removing Mold
Hard to remove mildew and mold in your bathroom leaves many wanting to break out the bleach or harsh bathroom cleaners. Did you know that vinegar is a great cleaning solution? Squirt some vinegar on the affected areas, let it soak for a few hours, and then scrub away. For some more stubborn areas, mix vinegar with baking soda for a nice abrasive.
Extend the Life Of Your Appliances
Instead of tossing your dated washer and dryer, invest in homeowner protection services to save on the cost of repairing or replacing your pricey appliances. This will both save you hundreds of dollars in new appliances and will keep these large and bulky items out of landfills. When your appliances do finally end their lifespan, try and reach out to local hardware stores or appliance stores to discover sustainable ways to get rid of your appliance. Many stores will take them and break them down to use the parts.
Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Get rid of all of those harsh chemicals that fill your cleaning cabinets and opt for a more eco-friendly option. You can make cleaning supplies that work wonders by simply grabbing ingredients that are already in your pantry. Vinegar (as stated already) is a great all-purpose cleaner and easily wipes away grime on glass and can be used as a rinse agent in your dishwasher. While vinegar is a great cleaning agent, the smell is quite potent, try researching some great cleaning recipes that combine vinegar with essential oils to keep your home clean and smelling fresh. You can also enlist the help of lemon to polish your metal. Add some salt to a halved lemon and it works double duty as a scouring pad.