Environmentally-Friendly Spring Cleaning

April 12, 2012 | bridge

With spring upon us, many individuals find themselves ready to reduce clutter, complete long-unfinished home maintenance jobs, and make their homes spic-and-span for the spring season. The great news is that you can now complete your spring cleaning without relying on products or methods that take a negative toll on the world around you. Below are a few tips for an eco-friendly transition into the warmer weather:
Use What You Already Have
Don’t create more waste by using paper towels or buying rags that you will just toss in the trash  after a few uses. Instead try using retired t-shirts, socks, and towels — you’ll also save a few bucks!
Keep Out The Chemicals
As you strategically remove dust, dirt, and grime from your house this season, make sure to use non-toxic cleaning substances so that you don’t achieve cleanliness at the expense of environmental safety and health. There are many green products available and, if you like, you can even make your own basic cleaners using natural cure-alls like baking soda, white vinegar, and tea tree oil. 
Don’t Discard Items Unless You Must
As you work through your house, if discover items that you no longer need, if possible avoid trashing them if they are in decent condition. Instead, think about selling them on Craigslist or eBay, or even donating them to individuals who could use them.
Bring The Outdoors Indoors
After you’ve cleaned your house, and the space is sparkling clean, consider purchasing a few indoor plants. Indoor plants improve indoor air quality, and they also enliven your home with vibrant beauty. Some of top plants for cleansing the air are Aloe Vera, Golden Pothos, English Ivy, and Chinese Evergreen. 
No More Piles of Paper
A fabulous way to reduce or even prevent clutter in your home and also reduce environmental waste is to eliminate the constant flow of bulk mail and catalogs into your house. A quick online search will bring up sites to help you opt out of receiving these junk mailers. Also, often we handle all of our bill payments online but still receive needless papers bills and receipts in the mail. If this sounds like you, take the time to stop your bank and other companies, like credit cards, from sending you unnecessary paper documents.  

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