Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start our spring cleaning. Earlier this year, I reviewed a book titled Home Detox by toxicologist Daniella Chace. In this book, she shares that the triggers of disease are found mostly inside our homes, especially in our cleaning products.
For some of us, we rely of single-use items and harsh chemicals to get our house clean and sparkly. But did you know that you achieve even better results with eco-friendly and non-toxic alternatives? Not only are we making better choices for our planet, but for our health as well. Here are 6 spring cleaning tips that are better for you and for the planet.
1) Reusable Cloths Instead of reaching for paper towels or disinfecting wipes, use reusable cloths. I personally love using microfibre cloths for spring cleaning because they’re absorbent and easily pick up dirt, dust, and grime. They’re also great for polishing and cleaning almost any surface.
2) Natural Cleaners Protect yourself and our planet by ditching toxic cleaning products. You may be surprised to learn that some of these natural cleaners are already in your household. This includes white vinegar, lemons, baking soda, etc. These natural cleaners pack a powerful punch when tackling odors, tough water stains, and more.
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3) Skip the Dryer A great way to save energy and money is to hang dry your clothing. I typically do this with laundry that I don’t need right away. You can hang your clothing outdoors, where the sun acts as a natural disinfectant, or on a clothing rack indoors.
Did you know? It takes about 30 minutes for the heat from the sun to kill surface bacteria on clothing.
4) Reuse and Repurpose Before you send old items that you find to the landfill, see if you can repurpose them. A few examples include,
• Using old clothing/bedding as cleaning rags
• Reuse glass jars to store food or as a vase
• Bottle caps or toilet paper rolls for DIY crafts
• Plastic bottles for DIY cleaning solutions
5) Create Piles It’s very important to create proper piles when you’re spring cleaning. This ensures every single item ends up where they belong and not accidently in the landfill. Create piles for recyclable items, compostable items, and items that you can donate to local shelters.
Did you know? Household items such as batteries, charging cables, and old electronics can be safely recycled at City landfills and places like Best Buy and Staples. It’s also free of charge! Check your city’s website and see if any local businesses offer these recycling programs as well.
6) Clean Appliances When your household appliances are dirty, they are less efficient and end up using more energy. This not only impacts your wallet, but the environment as well. Keep your household appliances clean and check that they’re working properly. For example, ensuring the seals in your fridge are tight, removing ice build-up, clearing dust/lint from your dryer, etc.
It’s possible to achieve a clean household without compromising your health. These simple yet effective tips also benefits your wallet and the planet. Do you have any eco-friendly spring cleaning tips to share? I’d love to know! For more eco-friendly posts, visit my tag here.