The end of winter means it’s time for a fresh beginning with green spring cleaning tips and guidelines for your home. You need not use harsh chemicals and detergents to get rid of the accumulated dust and clutter. Consider going green this spring to rejuvenate yourself and revive your house. There are many household items, which can be turned to effective cleaners. You can also make use of basic items for DIY scrubbers. Here is how you can achieve this naturally.
Reusable scrubbers and wipes
Tidying your home during spring needs to end in a dust bin filled with used tissues and paper towels. You can use a cleaning cloth or reusable brushes. Sponges are made of petroleum based derivatives such as triclosan, which is toxic. Instead, you can opt for wood-pulp based cellulose sponges which are a natural option. Growing your own loofah sponge in the garden is the best choice.
Green air fresheners
Using synthetic room fresheners to quell bad odor and spread fragrant smell is a bad choice as these fresheners contain formaldehyde or phthalates, which can be very toxic. To refresh your house, begin with cleaning up and opening your windows. Houseplants are known to remove air contaminants such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. You can grow indoor plants like pot mum, bamboo palm, golden pothos, lily, daisy and spider plant.
There are variety of commercial detergents with fancy labels and smells in the market. These detergents contain toxic chemicals that can enter streams and rivers, contaminating water and earth. You can opt for biodegradable soaps for washing, which is a natural option. Avoid choosing products with chlorine bleach for your whites. It’s better to forgo the fabric softener completely.
Dry-cleaning involves harmful chemicals that can cause cancer and contaminate air. If dry-cleaning is a must for your clothes, you can take them to environment-friendly dry cleaner. To your surprise, green dry cleaners are available today, which is a better choice. You have wet cleaning option as well, which uses detergent and water, but presses your clothes to make them appear well polished. Try not to buy clothes that are meant for dry cleaning only. Also, it is not always necessary to dry clean, even if the instructions say so. You can hand wash them or set to delicate wash in your washing machine.
Natural window wash
Prepare a DIY washing solution using water and vinegar. Spray this mixture onto your window panes. It is suggested to add a detergent or soap to this solution to clean out wax that might have been formed by the use of glass cleaners earlier. You can use papers to clean the streaks.
Cleaning and greening
Once you have cleaned and dusted the shelves of your cabinets and closets, choose to use green products and recycle everything. Clear the clutter from your pantry and stock with fresh, natural products. Start working on things that need repairing, as spring is the best season for reorganizing and revamping.