Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning

by Angela YanezApril 22, 2012

We all love spring for its fresh and warmer weather! The chirping of birds, flourishing of flowers and refreshing fragrances fill our hearts with joy. But to be able to enjoy that feeling even more, we have to spend some time on freshening up our homes.

Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning
Remember, spring cleaning is more than just dusting or straightening up. It is a whole process. A process, which, if done right, can help lighten and brighten up your home more than you might imagine. Not only will your home benefit from a good spring cleaning, but you will benefit as well!

Here are 10 eco-friendly spring cleaning tips to help you get started:

  1. Before you start any cleaning, you have to decide that you are willing and able to let things go!
  2. Now onto an oldie, but goodie. How to make a non toxic cleaning kit. If you are truly going to do some eco-friendly spring cleaning, you need to ensure you are getting rid of dust, dirt, grime and lingering chemicals without adding more toxins and chemicals to your home.
  3. As far as cleaning rags, it’s best to make your own, don’t you think? Old t-shirts, socks, towels, etc. are great for cleaning. Why waste your money on buying one-use rags when you most likely have plenty of perfectly good ones lying around!
  4. However, before you start dusting, let’s work on getting rid of a few items. Go room by room, figure out what items you don’t really need or use.  Great advice: You can put them into two major piles: trash and giveaway/sell. Once you’ve gone through every room, get rid of the trash and either sell or donate the remaining items left in the pile.
  5. Now that you’ve cleaned up some of the clutter lying around, look in dressers, closets and cabinets. Look for those items you haven’t used in months or maybe even years! Yes, those! It’s time to get rid of them. Good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used it in at least 6 months, then you don’t REALLY need it, do you?
  6. Now it’s time to get some dusting and cleaning done using the non toxic, natural cleaners I mentioned earlier. Remember, elbow grease is your friend here. Another tip is to use Mother Nature.
  7. Now that you are in the spring cleaning mood, how about taking another step forward and do a little detox on your home? Get rid of those chemicals, old medicine, toxic cleaning supplies, etc.
  8. Last, but not least…get yourself a few indoor plants. Houseplants have been proven to improve indoor air quality. A couple well chosen houseplants and your spring cleaning freshness with last a lot longer.

These tips should help you with your next round of spring cleaning. And if you’ve got a personal favorite spring cleaning tip, we’d love to hear what it is. Happy cleaning, everyone!

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