You already know how to clean, but these spring cleaning tips will make your routine a little more green. When you’re ready to learn even more, join the conversation in the Sustainable IRL Facebook group!
After a stuffy winter of keeping your windows sealed shut for months, spring cleaning is the breath of fresh air that your entire house needs. This post is a supplement to how you clean your home. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips that can make your or deep cleaning routine more eco-friendly all year long.
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1. Replace Your Cleaning Supplies with Eco-Friendly & Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
Some of the best green cleaning supplies are simple and can be found right in your cabinets. Instead of going out and buying toxic cleaning supplies to clean your home, make your own eco-friendly cleaning products. You can also buy several types of non-toxic cleaning products in stores near you, or online! It’s easier than ever to make your cleaning routine non-toxic and natural.
2. Downcycle Clothes to Cleaning Rags
While you’re following some spring cleaning tips to clean out your closet, instead of throwing away clothes, use them to make cleaning rags/towels. Instead of using paper towels or newspaper to clean surfaces, mirrors, doors, etc, down cycle old clothes into cleaning towels when they aren’t in good enough condition to donate.
3. Purge Sustainably
Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has people in a tizzy trying to get rid of all of the things, but be mindful when you do so. Spark joy for yourself and for the planet, because if you just trash everything, you are not sparking joy for the planet. When you get rid of things, don’t be so quick to pile it up in a trash bag and send it to the landfill. Give what you can to people you know that can and will use it, first. Next, donate to organizations that need particular items. For example, some organizations ask for coats, while some ask for shoes. If you still have things left over, donate them to a thrift store.
4. Research Before You Buy
Is you find that you seriously need to replace something after you’ve done your spring cleaning, research that item first. Is it something that you could buy secondhand? Are there sustainable options? Do the research or even contact me to ask, because I’d be happy to help if I know the answer.
Here are some examples where you can buy sustainable alternatives:
- LED Lightbulbs instead of fluorescent light bulbs
- Non-toxic candles & freshener instead of toxic fragrance air fresheners
- Eco-friendly and toxin-free mattresses
- Secondhand furniture, like chairs, tables, and bed frames and headboards
- Secondhand decor if you’re updating your home interior
Related: Visit the Sustainable Living Shop to find eco-friendly kitchen scrubbers made from coconuts, and more!
Other Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips & Hacks
- Improve your indoor air quality
- Eco-friendly home checklists with room by room guides to make your home more sustainable all year long
- Make these green cleaning kitchen supply swaps
Hopefully these spring cleaning tips will inspire you to be a more conscious cleaner. The items you bring in your home to “clean” it shouldn’t be toxic. When they’re toxic, it is bad for you, your family, your pets, and the planet. The effort to change how you clean, and the resulting use of more eco-friendly and non-toxic products, may seem small. However, in the long run, it will help you make other eco-friendly choices. Start small with these spring cleaning tips, and you’ll be on your way to changing the world for the better!