Spring cleaning is in full force. People everywhere are getting their homes ready for the hot summer that will soon arrive. However, many people do not realize their spring cleaning choices are bad for the environment. Here are some tips to have an eco-friendly spring cleaning.
Use Safe Products
Many home cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to both people and the environment. However, there are some cleaning products that you can create, in your own home, with items you probably already have in your kitchen. Items such as vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, and lemon can all be mixed to create amazing cleaners. For example, a great way to create an all purpose cleaner is to mix 9 parts water and 1 part vinegar. However, if the vinegar smell is too strong, add a few drops of lemon juice.
Dispose Of Trash Properly
Spring cleaning is a great time for “out with the old, and in with the new.” However, some times people do not dispose of “the old” properly. If you want to get rid of clothes, donate them. There are many great charities that will even pick up your donations directly from your home. Secondly, anything that can be recycled make sure it gets in the proper recycling bin. Finally, if you are throwing away hazardous materials like batteries or old aerosol cans call your city to see how they manage hazardous waste.
Update Your Cleaning Tools
Paper towels really are extremely useful. The perforated split makes it so easy to grab, use and throw away. However, paper towels also create a lot of waste. Therefore, there are many other great options besides paper towels, such as microfiber towels or an old shirt converted to rags. The same idea goes for mops. Disposable mop heads are very convenient, but create a lot of waste. A clean rag can work just as well. Finally, swap out your sponges for scrub brushes, they will last much longer.
Forgo the Dryer
Finally, are you doing some washing? Then, (if the weather is nice) opt to put your clothes outside on a clothes line (or on a drying rack inside). Not only is it better for your clothes, but it will also save a ton of energy that is created from using the dryer.