There’s just something about sunshine, nice weather, and birds chirping that gets me in the mood to clean. So that’s exactly what I spent my morning doing! I do still need more time to get everything spring cleaned, but at least I am closer today than I was yesterday, right?
On the topic of time: it’d be great if spring cleaning didn’t quite take as much time as it does, but minus the time factor, I really love cleaning…especially sweeping and vacuuming. Just seeing how clean and spotless the floor looks after these tasks gives my brain a very positive response.
Plus, spring cleaning is a popular time to get your life into shape. You can use the opportunity to make multiple positive changes to your home and life. You can organize, clean, and bring a happy and peaceful feeling to yourself once you’re finished. Doesn’t even the thought of that sound marvelous?!
This year, as a feel-good bonus, try taking earth friendly steps to do what’s best for the planet while you’re cleaning. Who wouldn’t want to add that positive spin to their cleaning? Cleaning up and clearing out your physical and mental space AND doing your part to save the earth while you are at it? Yes, please!
Here are some ways you can go green while spring cleaning:
1. Use green cleaning products. Your first step should be to use green cleaning products instead of traditional products that contain harsh chemicals. These products are better for your own health as well as the environment. This is because they’re non-toxic and are generally made from renewable resources. There are a ton of options out there these days that you can buy at almost any grocery store, supermarket, or even online.
2. Make your own cleaning products. You don’t even need to purchase “green” specific cleaning products. You can clean just as well using homemade cleaning solutions made from baking soda and vinegar. They’re known as the ultimate all-purpose cleaners and can clean nearly any surface. You can even add in some drops of your favorite essential oils for a pleasant lasting smell when and after you do the cleaning!
There are plenty of online recipes and blogs on how to make your own products if you want to use something more than baking soda and vinegar. Up the fun factor and turn it into a social get together so you and your friends can all make your own supplies. It would also make it cheaper to buy the materials in bulk and have everyone share.
3. Air out your home. One of the easiest and best ways to bring a natural and clean feeling to your home is to simply air it out. This will flow out toxins and rejuvenate your home in a completely natural way. The best part: All you need to do is open the window!
4. Keeping your air fresh. Do you use air fresheners to keep your house smelling nice? Rather than buying ready-made fresheners, you can go with something completely natural, instead. Herbs and plants give off pleasant odors. You can even consider baking more often to bring some nice scents into the home. I have a feeling no friends or family members would complain about that!
On that topic, if you don’t already have indoor plants consider getting some for your home. They help reduce carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity, reduce levels of airborne dust and certain pollutants, and just make you happier!
5. Use green cleaning services. Maybe you don’t always have time to complete your cleaning on your own, especially the deeper cleaning that’s usually associated with spring cleaning. Shop your local area for people advertising green cleaning services; it’ll take the work out of green cleaning for you and you know you’ll be doing the best thing for your home and family.
6. Prevent unnecessary dirt. You can also use spring cleaning time to bring out some new home rules created with prevention, instead of clean-up, in mind.
- Start with the floors and all the dirty, toxic materials that get brought in on your shoes. Simply start a “no shoes indoors” policy and your home will stay cleaner in the first place.
7. Air-dry your laundry. During spring cleaning, you might be taking the time to wash many larger items like blankets and comforters. Find a clothes line and air dry these if possible. If you don’t have a yard or porch to do that, consider purchasing a drying rack. These are super useful, cheap, and easy to store.
8. Cleaning your furniture. You can even make your own wood cleaners and polish with healthy, natural ingredients. Use a combination of olive oil and lemon juice to clean and polish your wood furniture. This cleaner produces a shiny and nice-smelling finish.
If you don’t already, try switching it up and going green with your spring cleaning this year! You’d be helping the planet, exposing yourself to fewer chemicals, and saving money at the same time. Oftentimes, it’s just best to go natural. Follow these tips to help you go green while you clean!
If you have any questions about these tips, write in the comment section below. Happy cleaning to all!