2019 is the year of finding joy in cleaning and organizing, and nothing will bring more joy than doing your spring cleaning in a sustainable fashion. Get ready to dust off your cleaning supplies and put them to use, or say thank you and goodbye to the ones that won’t make the sustainable cut.
Here are our top five sustainable spring cleaning tips that will put money in your pocket,
and leave your house spotless.
- Start with what you already have:The first step to your sustainable spring cleaning is to come face to face with your cleaning supplies and become familiar with their ingredients. It is time to say goodbye to products with harsh chemicals, such as formaldehyde (a known carcinogen!) and 1,4-Dioxane, and time to say hello to natural and organic supplies. Here are some green suggestions to use around the house.
- Ditch the Swiffer and sponges: Now that you’ve gone through your cleaning products, it’s time to look at all of your disposable cleaning aids; think your Swiffer, paper towels, and disposable sponges. Trade the one time use materials with items from around your house. Remember your old t-shirt that has holes in it and is just sitting in the closet? Well, now is the time to pick it up and put it to use. Not only will you make more space in your closet by repurposing this as a new reusable dusting rag, but you are also saving money by skipping a trip to the store to replenish supplies every time you clean.
- When life hands you lemons, use them to clean: Lemons are high in citric acid, and have a low pH and antibacterial properties. That’s right, from making an all-purpose cleaner to polishing copper, lemons can do more than just make lemonade. There are many ways to use lemons to clean – check out this list of 10 ways you can use this fruit to make your house sparkle.
- Remember, your baking soda can be used for more than just baking cookies: Baking soda’s best kept secret is that it is a multi-purpose product and isn’t just for what its name implies, baking. Baking soda is an effective abrasive for mold removal, can be added to dish soap to scrub off baked-on residue from pots and pans, and can be used for its odor absorbing properties. You might have a box in your refrigerator to keep things “fresh”, but try sprinkling it into your carpet to keep odor out.
- Save costs with vinegar: Vinegar is another cooking ingredient that does it all. It is a natural deodorizer, stain remover, and can be used to make floor cleaning solutions and all-purpose cleaners. Cleaning supplies are expensive, so save money by learning about 28 different ways to use vinegar to clean your house.