DIY: Eco-friendly spring cleaning
With warmer temperatures in the spring comes the daunting task of spring cleaning. Luckily, there are ways to deep clean without exposing you and your family to toxic chemicals or overloading the local landfill with unwanted items. There are many environmentally friendly options that any spring cleaner can incorporate into their routine.
DIY natural cleaning products
One of the most popular and easiest ways to incorporate do-it-yourself and eco-friendly cleaning in your home is to mix homemade cleaning products. Homemade, natural cleaning products do not have the toxic fumes or artificial fragrances that many commercial products have. As an added bonus, many of the ingredients can already be found in your kitchen! Here are a few mixtures that clean well and are much safer for you and your family:
– A diluted vinegar can be used as a multi-purpose cleaner. Its slightly acidic composition works well on soap scum, lime build up and
grease. Vinegar can also be used on windows for a streak-free shine.
– Use a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil for a wood polish to give hard wood a natural shine.
– Use baking soda and water to create a paste for scrubbing hard surfaces.
– Sprinkling baking soda (a natural deodorizer) before vacuuming will freshen up carpets.
Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle
When sorting through the endless piles of items stuffed in the garage or closet, keep in mind that many items can be used again. In order to keep as much as one can out of the garbage, recycle all paper items, plastic, metal, glass and any other items the local recycling center can accept. Other ways to reuse:
– Old shirts and pants can be cut into cleaning rags instead of buying new rags at the store. This helps save money as well as being eco-friendly.
– Keep buttons and any other items from old clothes. Many can be used again on current clothes or in craft projects!
– Old magazines and newspapers can be repurposed into craft supplies or even wrapping paper for gifts.
– Be sure to research how to dispose of unwanted electronics in your area. Some cities and groups periodically hold e-recycling drives which collect hazardous waste and see that it’s disposed of properly.
There are so many benefits to being eco-friendly! Do you have any other tips other than what we’ve shared? Join the converstion and let us know in the comments below!