Spring Deep Cleaning Part 2: Eco-Friendly Ways to clean Your Home

Close-up of Hand Holding Plant Against SkyWe’re all trying to be more environmentally conscious these days. But it can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Here are some sustainable tips and tricks to make it easier for you to go green when it comes to spring cleaning!

  1. Use Natural Household Cleaning Products Natural products like lemons, white vinegar, and baking soda all contain strong antibacterial properties without the harsh chemicals found in conventional cleaning products, all while cleaning and disinfecting just as well. Even better, you already have many of these products at home.
  2. Use Natural Deodorizers Chemical aerosols can do more harm than good for your family’s health. Instead try some natural air fresheners. You can boil a cinnamon stick over your stove top, burn essential oils or incense, or even burn some sage and mugwort bundles that you can find in convenient packs at your local health foods store.
  3. Allow for Proper Ventilation A simple but important way to keep your home clean is to open some windows. This allows fresh air to circulate within your home and contributes to a clean environment.
  4. Filter Air with Plants Plants are awesome natural air conditioners. Add some low maintenance plants around your home for fresher air and an overall balanced environment.
  5. Avoid Antibacterial Products On top of not even cleaning your hands any better than their counterparts, antibacterial cleansers have been found by the FDA to produce chemically-resistant bacteria. So, definitely avoid any products that carry this label.
  6. Use Natural Mops, Sponges, and Accessories It’s not just your cleaning products, cleaning accessories can have harmful chemicals and use unsustainable ingredients that make them unrecyclable as well. Be sure to use reusable products when you can, and if you really need to use paper towels, make sure they’re made with unbleached and recycled paper.  
  7. Conserve Water This is especially important for those of us who live in areas of drought, as clean water is an important natural resource. Don’t let water run unless you need it, and only use as much as you need to for cleaning.
  8. Steer Clear of Conventional Dry Cleaners The chemicals used by conventional dry cleaners are extremely toxic to the environment and to people when we wear dry-cleaned clothes as well. Do your research and look for green dry cleaners, who employ methods like carbon dioxide cleaning and Green Earth.
  9. Dispose of Toxic Cleaners with Care If you’re dedicated to environmentally-safe cleaning methods and you want to ditch your old toxic cleaning products, be sure to dispose of them in a safe manner. You don’t want to spill them down the drain or throw them in the trash as they’ll just end up in our water supply and ecosystem. A lot of communities have places or certain events where you can dispose of you toxic cleaning products and electronics. The internet is a great resource for finding resources like this that are close to you. 
  10. Use a Green Cleaning Service We can lead some pretty busy lives, so it’s understandable that you just don’t have time to maintain green cleaning methods. For times like these, green cleaning services are a great resource. They can clean your home using safe and effective, environmentally-conscious cleaning methods. With a little bit of research you can find one that fits your budget and preferences.
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