5 Ways to Go Green with Your Spring Cleaning

Green with Your Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air, and New Britain homeowners are ready to start their spring cleaning. With winter clothes packed away in the attic, it’s time to prepare your home for the glorious warm days of spring and summer.

While spring cleaning is satisfying for the mind and good for your home, it’s not always good for the planet. Standard cleaning techniques release harmful toxic fumes and leach chemicals into the environment. But with a few clever tweaks, you can make your spring-cleaning routine eco-friendlier for the planet.

1. Avoid Toxins

The easiest way to go green with your cleaning routine is to switch out the harmful chemicals for natural, eco-friendly home cleaners. There are plenty of natural brands in the market that make your home clean without leaching toxic chemicals into your drains and the air.

2. Opt for DIY Solutions

You can use regular household items available in your pantry to remove tough stains. Here are three solutions you can use with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

  • White vinegar: Synthetic kitchen vinegar is excellent for scrubbing grease and other oily stains. Scrunch up an old newspaper into a ball and dip it into concentrated vinegar. Rub the newspaper ball in circular motions to make your windows and mirrors sparkling clean. A thick paste of vinegar, flour, and salt helps get stains out of pewter, brass, and copper.
  • Lemon juice: Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into a bowl of water and turn the microwave on high for three to five minutes. Wipe the insides with a dry cloth to get a clean microwave.
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda): Leave a small amount of baking soda in an open bowl to remove stale odors from your fridge. Mix it with water to clean stainless steel bathroom fixtures and utensils. You can use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to unclog drains.

3.  Turn Off the Vacuum

Your new vacuum cleaner might be good at sucking even the tiniest dust particles, but it’s an energy guzzler. So, ditch the vacuum and pick up a broom for hardwood and tile surfaces. Look for brooms with natural bristles that are good at picking debris. And when it comes to vacuuming rugs and mats, take them outside and give them a hard beating to loosen the dust particles.

4. Use Reusable Kitchen Towels

Paper towels are incredibly convenient, but they come at a massive cost to Mother Earth. Instead of paper towels, use reusable kitchen towels that you can wash after every use. When choosing kitchen towels, look for high-quality cotton towels that are compostable and biodegradable.

5. Don’t Waste Water

If you have hardwood or tile floors, it means using buckets of water for mopping. Here are a few tips to reduce water usage in your cleaning routine:

  • Add dirt-trapping rugs by your front and back doors to stop dirt from getting sloshed all over the house.
  • Use natural cleaners that don’t require diluting with water. Just spray and get flawless floors with dry mopping.

Even the smallest measures make a huge difference. This spring, use these tips to make your cleaning routine greener and friendlier for the planet.

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