by Hilary McGuckin
Spring cleaning ideas! Yup, it’s that time of year again. Christmas is a distant memory and the summer is somewhere on the horizon, so there’s only one thing for it….spring cleaning!
We’re not going to bore you with all the heavy details about why you should avoid Phthalates and parabens found in many household cleaning products, or that commonly used chemicals are carcinogens or have been linked to hormone disruption. Because if you’re here, you probably already know all that. What we ARE going to do is give you a few easy, practical ideas to help you approach your spring cleaning in a new way.
CHECK YOUR RECYCLING PRACTICES
Firstly – check with your local council to see if there have been any changes in the recycling program, they just might be offering new bins for your home, or new bins at the dump.
Encourage positive recycling habits in your children – recycle bins around the home are a great way to start!
ORGANISE AND DECLUTTER
Ok….so decluttering isn’t exactly a major eco-friendly maneuver…. but bear with us. It will start you off on a path that reveals what can be recycled, re-loved and repurposed!
Unless this is your first foray into the internet and you never watch television, you have most definitely heard of the KonMari Method of organising your home. So, make like Marie Kondo and if it doesn’t ‘spark joy’ donate it! Even if it’s an old pair of socks that you’d be embarrassed for the binmen to see, you can donate it at your local council dump to be used as rags and recycled into new clothing.
DONATE YOUR PRELOVED ITEMS
Whether you try KonMari method, or you simply gut out the cupboards and know what you want and what you don’t, we’re betting there is plenty in there you can donate to your local charity shop.
GO ECO-FRIENDLY WITH YOUR CLEANING PRODUCTS
It’s healthier for you, your family and the environment. SO that’s win, win, win!
Better yet, making your own cleaners and detergents will mean you know what’s going in them and be a positive step in waste reduction.
TURN CLOTHES INTO CLEANING CLOTHS
Ok, so we’re definitely not suggesting you use those socks we mentioned earlier, but old t-shirts and sweatshirts can be cut up into cloths for cleaning, and into kitchen toweling for all those little spills.
BAKING SODA MAGIC
So the humble baking soda is an absolute wonder in the spring-cleaning world. Not only is it an effective abrasive for mold removal, you can also add it to your dish soap to super-charge any scrubbing off of baked in residues! And what’s more? A light dusting over your carpets followed by a thorough hoovering 2 hours later will leave your home smelling fresher than ever.
VINEGAR AS AN ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
Vinegar is yet another underrated product that most of us already have in our homes. Don’t be put off by the smell, this powerhouse can replace a multitude of cleansers. It’s no myth that vinegar and scrunched up newspaper make for sparkling windows, and popped into your dishwasher it makes an excellent rinse aid. Mix it up in a mop bucket 1:1 plus a splash of your favourite essential oils and you can use it to disinfect your floors, getting rid of nasty pet pongs.
BE MINDFUL OF WATER USE
Finally, this is probably the most sustainable spring cleaning idea on the list…turn off the water tap between cleaning tasks to reduce water waste and energy use.
So there you go! If you’ve have any spring cleaning ideas you would like to share, we’d love to hear about it in the comments box below!
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