Is there anything quite as cathartic as spring cleaning? There’s something about tossing out all that old junk, giving the house a thorough scrubbing, and generally de-cluttering that lifts the weight of winter off our shoulders.
Unfortunately, many of the products and practices commonly associated with spring cleaning – such as ammonia-based cleaners that can end up in water supplies – aren’t exactly the most “green.”
Earth Day may have come and gone, but we’re committed to making Earth Day every day! Cleaning house can be a green affair, too. Below, find our top tips for reducing your carbon footprint and offsetting carbon emissions while cleaning your home:
Recycle Whenever Possible: If you’ll be digging through closets, garages and the basement in an effort to clean house this spring, don’t simply throw away old toys, clothes and furnishings. The old saying rings true: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Consider donating, re-purposing or re-using these items instead of tossing them in the garbage. When the weather warms up, a garage sale may be in order! Stay tuned for future posts, where we’ll outline the most eco-friendly way to host such a sale.
Avoid the Worst of the Worst: Certain cleaning supplies are more harmful to the environment (including water supplies) and produce more carbon emissions than others. The ones to avoid, in particular, include: drain cleaners, oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, spot removers, silver/metal polishes, window cleaners, and bleach.
Go Au Naturale: You may be surprised to know that a variety of basic cleaning supplies can be made at home using ingredients you likely lying around the house. Vinegar, salt, lemon juice and baking soda combine to make easy, eco-friendly cleaning supplies for glass/mirrors, vinyl, and even for polishing furniture.
Opt for Green Cleaning Products: “Green cleaning” is all the rage these days, resulting in the emergence of a number of brands specializing in eco-friendly cleaning solutions/products. Our best advice is to do some thorough research online and browse through customer reviews to determine which brand or specific products work most effectively.
Reduce Paper Towel Waste: Instead of reaching for the paper towels, cut old tee shirts, towels or clothes into strips or manageable sizes to re-use as cleaning cloths. This practice is a great way to reduce carbon emissions, and helps to stop global warming and reduce pollution.
Have any clean, green tips to share? Let us know in the comments, below!
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