This year make your spring cleaning as green as possible. There are eco-friendly options for every cleaning technique, tool, and product. These changes require little energy, are cost-efficient, and are good for the environment. Eco-cleaning solutions can be also found in your kitchen and won’t cause indoor air pollution like bleach or ammonia.
Listed below are a few Eco- cleaning solutions to spring clean your home.
- Donate. As you clear out your closet, attic, and basement be on the lookout for clean and useful things you can donate. While it may be easier to throw items away, they’ll only end up in a landfill instead of benefiting someone else.
- Recycle and reuse. For things that cannot be given away consider recycling them or finding ways to reuse the items within your own home. You can find Mindful tips here.
- Rethink your laundry practices. You’ll most likely be doing a lot of laundry as you spring clean your home like washing your fall clothes, bedding, and other linen. Save energy by washing in cold water and air-drying.
- Eco-friendly tools. To clean properly you’ll need the right tools. Consider investing in biodegradable sponges or eco-scrub brushes made with bamboo bristles. Forget mops with disposable cloths or paper towels and try eco-mops and all-purpose eco-clothes.
For eco-friendly cleaning solutions, all you need are simple ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, salt, tea, white vinegar, essential oils, and the sunshine.
Here are a few eco-friendly cleaning solutions
- Clean bathrooms, kitchens, and appliances. All you need is paste made from baking soda and water for an odorless shine.
- Get rid of mildew and mold. Create a simple solution with one teaspoon of tea tree oil and 1 cup of water to clean fabric and grout.
- Clean the windows. Make your own cleaning solution with two ounces of water and a few drops of essential oils like lavender or pine oil.
- Dust wooden surfaces. Create your own dusting spray with two parts olive oil and four parts lemon juice or white vinegar.
- Remove stains from dishwasher-safe plastic products. You can rub the Tupperware with lemons and let them dry in the sun. Or you can make a paste with equal parts cream of tartar and lemon juice and let the paste sit on the plastic stains.
- Clean tarnished and rusty metal. Consider soaking rusty garden tools in black tea. Or try cleaning brass and copper objects with a paste made from equal parts salt, flour and white vinegar.
- Refresh your carpet. Simply sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on your carpet or rug, let it sit, and then vacuum up the mess.
- Deodorize your home. Forget about air fresheners. Consider opening a window to let fresh in or dipping cotton balls in essential oils and placing them around the room.