Spring, the season of renewal and rebirth, is in full gear! Flowers are blooming, butterflies are emerging, and love is in the air! Nature is truly looking it’s best and beckoning us to come play. However, the grime and dust that has built up since the winter months is staring us directly in the face at home. Dust bunnies of guilt! To get out and truly enjoy the beautiful spring weather bring some renewal and rejuvenation to your home by conducting a green spring cleaning! With a clean and organized home you can truly enjoy the season by starting fresh and green clean. By going green with your cleaning you can save money, improve your indoor air quality and thereby improve your health, and help to protect the environment:
The Green Cleaning Triumvirate: with these 3 natural cleaners all your household needs will be covered for a very low cost!
1) Baking Soda: an all around wonder cleaner and deodorizer that can be used for a multitude of home tasks from cleaning carpet to removing stains on almost anything! It can be used to clean in the kitchen, bathroom, and all around the house. Plus, baking soda is super cheap and never spoils! So get yourself a box of this magic stuff. Check out some great uses for cleaning with baking soda here.
2) Borax: a natural mineral based cleaner that can be used in a variety of ways around the home. Borax can be used as an abrasive for cleaning surfaces and grout, boosting laundry cleaning, to deter bugs and pests in the home (including fleas!) , and more. Check out some uses for borax here.
3) Vinegar: White distilled vinegar can be used for numerous household tasks from cleaning chrome fixtures, to getting rid of pests, disinfecting, removing lime deposits, cleaning out coffeemakers, and more! Check out all the great uses of vinegar here.
To continue your spring cleaning journey here are some great ideas to clean and de-clutter your home the green way!
1) Clean your pipes! After a long winter your home’s pipes may need a bit of a cleaning. To de-clog drains and pipes and to give them their seasonal cleanse use this eco-friendly recipe: Pour 1 cup of baking soda down drain followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar. Wait 5 minutes then pour 2 quarts of hot water down drain. To declog your disposal use the same recipe but half the amounts.
2) Get rid of old and unwanted clothes by hosting a clothing swap with friends! A clothing swap is a great way to hang with friends, get rid of that bag of clothes you have been meaning to donate, and get some hip “new” threads for yourself. You will feel renewed with your new recycled look :).