The warmer temperatures, fresh air and signs of life that come with spring always inspire me to shed the winter grime and clutter. But I don’t want to pollute the air in my home with harsh cleaners. And I don’t want to simply move my clutter to the landfill where it will potentially cause damage. Fortunately, a green spring cleaning routine is actually cheaper and easy to do.
Repurpose or Rehome Clutter
You’re ready to reduce the about of “stuff” you have in your how, but what do you do with the items that don’t make the cut? It’s tempting to just toss them in the trash, but finding a new use for the junk is better for the environment.
First, look for a new way to use the object in your house. Use an old basket as storage in the pantry. Repaint an old trunk to use as a coffee table. Turn your child’s old crib into a bench. Make a planter from the old pot you no longer use.
Offer up the rest to others. Selling old stuff on Craigslist or a local swap group on Facebook keeps your items out of the landfill and puts a little extra cash in your pocket. Offer the items to friends or acquaintances for free. A donation to a local thrift store is also an option that comes with a tax break as long as you get a receipt.
Green Your Cleaner
Homemade cleaner eliminates your exposure to the harsh chemicals that typically fill a bottle of cleaner. Mix together water and vinegar for a simple option. A few drops of essential oils boost the cleaning power and make the cleaner smell nice.
Instead of burning through rolls of paper towels, find a reusable cleaning option. Strips of old cloth work well. Rinse the cleaning cloth frequently so you don’t spread gunk from one spot to another.
Don’t miss the opportunity to deep clean your appliances to help them run at peak efficiency. Vacuuming your refrigerator coils helps the unit run efficiently. Clean or change the filter on your furnace unit. Clean out the lint from your dryer vents. Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. While you’re at it, open up the windows to let in the spring air. It helps cool the house and freshen your home’s air without using energy or chemical air fresheners.
Green Your Spring Routine
Green spring cleaning doesn’t require a lot of effort or money. In fact, you may find you save some green by going natural with your cleaning routine.