You’re (nearly) ready to put your winter coats and sweaters into storage. The first buds in your garden are starting to peek through. The days have gotten longer and the sun seems a little stronger. It looks like it’s nearly spring!
Take this opportunity to do a few deep cleans around the house, but not without keeping some green principles in mind. Here are a few eco-friendly chores you’ll want to tackle before the temperature gets any hotter.
Clean Out Old Clothes
If you have items in your closet that haven’t been worn in a year or more or maybe no longer strike your fancy, take them to a nearby donation center. Another option is to donate your gently used clothing (blankets, sheets and other cloth materials are good, too!) to a textile recycling center where they can be reused, repurposed, or recycled into fiber.
Clean Your Oven
If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, it could be killing you to use it. Most self-cleaning ovens are coated in Teflon, and when set to clean, the oven’s Teflon emits toxic gasses – including formaldehyde – into the air. Keep these contaminants out of your house and instead clean your over with baking soda and white, distilled vinegar. First, cover the oven in baking soda, then pour or spray on the vinegar. Let this remain for at least four hours or overnight. Later, use rags or a sponge to remove the paste (and all the yuck!) and you’re left with a clean, sparkling oven, without all the toxic fumes.
Disinfect Your Mattress
You always remember to wash your sheets, but don’t forget about the mattress you sleep on every night. A good spring-cleaning session is the perfect time to sprinkle some eco-friendly, all-powerful baking soda over the top of your mattress where it can soak up germs, dirt and moisture while you sleep.
Clean Your Carpets
Winter weather just seems to breed dirt and gross buildup on all of your floors, especially carpets. Many store bought carpet cleaners contain toxic ingredients, so be sure to purchase one that is produced with fewer chemicals, or create your own solution of vinegar, salt, baking soda and borax. To really get a deep clean, you’ll need to borrow a steam cleaner, or hire a company that uses plant-based alternative solvents and non-toxic steam extraction methods.
Here’s to a clean, green spring!
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