As the weather continues to warm (albeit it little slowly!), we’re starting to get into the Springtime mindset. For many of us, this means baseball preseason, and for others, it’s a reminder to clear out the clutter accumulated over the winter months and get started on some Spring Cleaning.
Ironically, many of the commercial cleaning products we use nowadays are actually filled with countless chemicals that can cause more harm than good. After all, the point of cleaning and tidying up is to get rid of these unwanted elements (dirt, dust, dander, and others) and keep them out of our homes. So what can we do as home owners to prevent this catch-22? Believe it or not, going green when cleaning is easy and cost effective!
Liza Barnes of SparkPeople.com recommends a number of different methods to clean your house that are simultaneously health- and environmentally-friendly. First, if you prefer the convenience of picking up cleaners from a store, there are a handful that have released an entire line of cleaning products (Method is one of them) that achieve both of these means.
However, if you don’t mind the extra minute or two to make your own cleaners from ingredients you likely already have stocked in your kitchen pantry (and thus saving you additional dollars by not having to spend it on these branded products), there are so many options for you! And not only are they incredibly simple to mix together, they’re as natural as can be.
The most common natural cleaner out there is white distilled vinegar, and oftentimes all you’ll need to do is dilute it with a little water and that takes care of the problem! Other natural cleaning agents or tools include baking soda, Borax (look for it in the laundry aisle), and microfiber cloths. Do you still read the morning paper? When you’re done with it, even that can be used to help clean your home (No, you don’t need to worry about the ink).
How else might you be able to clean using green techniques?
A wonderful way to freshen up the indoor air in your home is to actually introduce a few houseplants into your environment! This is, of course, not to mention that they’re wonderful decorations. A few hearty plants we’d suggest are spider plants and peace lilies. Just remember to water them on occasion!
Avoid using paper towels; this causes waste. Use cloth towels or even old t-shirts (that you’re not planning on wearing again) to mop up spills. You’ll be able to wash and dry them with the rest of your laundry and use them all over again.
What other quick-and-easy spring cleaning tips do you suggest?
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