After a long battle with old man winter, it’s finally time to start prepping our homes for the warmer temperatures ahead. This means that it’s literally time to get our hands a little dirty and starting living with less dust, allergens, odors and dirt.
Every year during your spring cleaning spree, do you ever stop to think that a sparkling clean home can contribute to toxic pollution and landfill waste?
We want to ensure that this spring your house is not only clean from top to bottom, but that Mother Nature will also thank you. Here are some useful cleaning tips that are good for you, your home and the planet:
Green cleaning products
Instead of purchasing store bought cleaning products, why not make them yourself? There are plenty of natural methods that can keep your house clean without the toxic side effects. For example, vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything within your home, from counter tops, to laminate or ceramic floors. Here’s the recipe:
- One part vinegar
- One part baking soda
- A squeeze of lemon
Mix the three ingredients in a cup of warm water. Before you know it, you’ll have an amazing all-purpose cleaner on your hands…literally! The best part of all? This mixture has no harsh chemicals and there is no need to rinse afterwards. Sounds like a win-win….right?
Repurposing and finding new uses for your unwanted items
Instead of sending your junk to the landfill, there are countless ways to repurpose it and find a new use for it within your home…all you need is a little imagination! Repurposing means that you find a new use for the product entirely, or you take the same product and give it a makeover before using it again for something other than its original purpose. The easiest way to breathe new life into your junk? Give it a fresh, new coat of paint. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference this can actually make!
Donating your unused items to local charities instead of sending them to the landfill
The next time you declutter your home, donate your unwanted items to local charities instead of sending them to the landfill. Your junk can easily become someone else’s treasure; if you can’t personally repurpose an item, there are others that might be able to do the job. Some places in your community that are always looking for donations include local charities, hospitals, schools and churches.
A little advice: it’s always a good idea to contact the donation center ahead of time and inquire about donation guidelines, drop off instructions and other important information. Being prepared and thinking ahead can potentially save you unnecessary stress and hassle in the long run!
Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.
How do you plan to be kind to Mother Nature while you’re cleaning your home? Share with us by commenting below.