After a long, snowy, and cold February, Spring is finally here and we are so excited - blooming flowers, sunny days, and warmer temps!
That means it is time for spring cleaning...some love it, some hate it, some don’t do it. :) Whatever camp you’re in we’ve got some tips to clean your home and make it environmentally friendly.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
You can make them! Several household products are great for keeping your home clean.
- Baking soda - gritty scrubber, also reacts with acids like lemon and vinegar
- White vinegar - disinfects and loosens dirt
- Lemon juice - disinfects, cuts through grease
- Olive oil - picks up dirt, polishes wood
- Castile soap - all-purpose foaming cleaner
Check out our blog post on Green Cleaning for more tips on how to avoid harsh chemicals.
Your grandma probably wasn’t running to the store to stock up on different commercially produced cleaners for every room, and you don’t have to either.
Paper towels are a go to for cleaning (kitchen, bathroom, windows, spills, etc.) but they take a big toll on the environment.
In the US, we use 13 billion pounds of paper towels each year, globally it accounts for 254 million tons of trash. We have to plant over 50,000 trees per day to replace the paper towels we discard.
It’s hard to break the paper towel habit but we’ve found some alternatives that are more eco-friendly and reusable.
- Repurpose old t-shirts into rags for cleaning, then wash and reuse.
- Try bamboo paper towels. They’re machine washable and reusable. Once they have reached the end of their life they can be tossed in your compost.
- Our personal favorite are Swedish Dishcloths. They are durable, absorbent, biodegradable, and machine washable. You can use them for just about any job except scrubbing stuck on food. Check out this article to learn more.
Sponges get gross and smelly. And unless you are seeking out eco-friendly sponges, they are made of synthetic materials (polyester, polyurethane) and are not compostable or biodegradable.
There are a number of alternatives to the synthetic made sponges including bamboo dish brushes, natural loofah sponges, and coconut scrub sponges. Here’s a link to a list of eco-friendly sponges.
Some materials are more eco-friendly than others, so we always suggest doing a little extra research to see what item is the best alternative for you.
Getting organized is a great way to be sustainable and it costs nothing! Knowing what you have and where it is will make life easier, and you won’t buy items because you can’t find them.
This goes for all the spaces in your home - kitchen, bathroom, linen and coat closets (if you have them), bedroom dressers and closets, etc.
We like to take stock of what we have once or twice a year. It keeps us organized and items we haven’t used in 6 months usually are unneeded and can be donated to others. Keeping clutter to a minimum just feels good.