Spring Cleaning: The Green Way

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Warm weather, extra sunshine, and blooming flowers just really put us in the mood to refresh our homes! If you feel the same way, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a list of spring cleaning tips you can use that are easy AND environmentally friendly.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER

Winter and the holidays have a way of making clutter pile up – not only do you have more clothes, coats, and shoes laying around, but you probably have some new gadgets or household items that replaced older ones. And if you’re anything like me, those older items end up tucked away in a closet or back of a drawer.. So before you get started cleaning, put all that winter gear away and clear out the clutter of those closets and drawers! If there’s something you haven’t used in the last year, it’s safe to say you can get rid of it – donate to the Durham Rescue Mission, TROSA, or Habitat for Humanity; they’re always accepting donations!

 

Let the Fresh Air In

With warmer weather comes the chance to open your doors and windows to let the fresh air in! Don’t worry about pollution – the outside air is actually usually cleaner than what you have inside.. All those cleaning products, cooking, and even furniture and water release compounds into the air that need to be cleaned out from time to time. So if it’s nice out, open those windows and enjoy!

 

Use Eco-Friendly Cleaners

We all know chemicals aren’t good for the environment, but so many of us still use chemical-based cleaners in our homes (no shame – I’m guilty too!). But if you can make the switch to green, non-toxic cleaners, the environment and your family will thank you! A lot of cleaning projects can actually be taken care of with a simple mix of just vinegar and water. But, if you’re like me and prefer to buy cleaners at the store instead of making them, you can find some good ones there too! A few recommendations: Citrasolv has great products, as well as KitchenStone and Nellie’s (for laundry!). If you want more info, Earth Easy has a TON of great options for DIY cleaning recipes, products to buy, and other tips for non-toxic cleaning:

 

Reuse Old Cloths

Before you throw out any of those mismatched socks, old t-shirts, or kitchen towels, see if you can use them as cleaning rags instead! It’s cheap, easy, and can be reused more than once, which will reduce your use of paper towels.. So you’ll not only be helping the environment, but also might save a little money!

 

Have other eco-friendly spring cleaning tips? Let us know in the comments!

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