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The Green Spring Clean

It’s that time of year again! Warmer temperatures and budding trees are the first signal that it’s time to embark on your yearly spring clean. As per usual, dusting, scrubbing, sweeping and organizing are all on the list. However, this season, instead of your usual routine, focus on using an earth-friendly approach to getting your house clean.

1. Ditch the Chemicals

Those chemical laden sprays and scrubs may get your house totally spotless, but the toxins they spread could be a potential health hazard to you and your family. Opt for eco-friendly cleaning products that are vegetable-based.

As a money-saving alternative, make your own household cleaners. Mixtures like hot water, vinegar and baking soda are very effective. As a bonus, you’ll be cutting down on waste by using a reusable spray bottle.

2. Stop With the Paper Products 

Yes, wiping down countertops is easy with a trusty roll of paper towels, but it’s also causing waste accumulation in your local landfill. Snag an all-natural sponge or use washable cotton or microfiber cloths specially designed for cleaning and dusting.

If purchasing a set of cloths isn’t in your budget, cut up an old towel or T-shirt instead. Those materials work just as well.

3. Go Non-Disposable 

Like paper towels, disposable mops, throw-away toilet scrubbers and Swiffer sweeper sheets create waste. Invest in reusable cleaning tools that will last for several years’ worth of spring cleans.

4. Donate 

A new season means out with the old to make room for the new. Rather than throwing away old clothes, dishes and other home goods — donate them to your local shelter.

5. Freshen Naturally 

Air fresheners are full of chemicals that can irritate allergies. Freshen your house the natural way. Create your own potpourri with dried flowers and cedar chips. Place it in small bowls around the house, open the windows to get a fresh breeze and enjoy the sweet smell of spring.

6. Try a Simple Steam Clean 

After a long winter, carpets and rugs are practically begging for a deep steam clean. A common misconception is that the only way to thoroughly remove dirt is to use a detergent. Not true. It’s totally viable to just use water to operate the machine. To get rid of soap residue from past steam cleans, add one cup of white vinegar for every two gallons of water.

7. Use All-Natural Organizers 

A huge part of spring cleaning is getting organized. Don’t invest in plastic bins and boxes. Instead, purchase products that are created from earth-friendly materials like bamboo, cotton or linen. If you do opt for plastic containers, purchase items that are BPA (Bisphenol A) free.

By Megan Mostyn-Brown

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