It’s time to spring clean your home, but do it naturally — and with a little help from the bots.
Have you opened the windows yet? Sat outside for a Zoom break? You may have noticed that spring is indeed in the air — and that means it’s time to dust off, well, everything, and get that spring cleaning dehibernation mode into full swing.
Spring cleaning is an informal annual tradition that many people undertake after the winter. While it’s a great opportunity to declutter and deep clean your space, it’s important to do it sustainably.
Sustainable spring cleaning tips
Baseboards and ceiling fan blades deserve a dusting, but spring cleaning your home sustainably doesn’t have to be complicated.
By making a few simple changes, you can reduce your carbon footprint and create a healthier home environment. We’ve rounded up some tips that will not only make your spring cleaning more sustainable but also save you money in the long run.
1. Switch to natural cleaning products
Perhaps the most important first step to spring cleaning your home sustainably is to ditch conventional cleaning products and opt for natural and eco-friendly alternatives. Conventional cleaning products can contain harsh chemicals that can harm your health and the environment. Instead, opt for brands with clean, natural ingredients, or try making your cleaning products using natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and essential oils. These products are not only effective in cleaning, but they are also cheaper and more readily available.
2. Switch to reusable cleaning tools
Another way to spring clean sustainably is to use reusable cleaning tools. Instead of using disposable wipes and paper towels, try using microfiber cloths or reusable sponges. Microfiber cloths are excellent for cleaning surfaces, and they are also washable, meaning you can use them over and over again. Reusable sponges are also a great alternative to disposable ones. They are made from durable materials, and you can use them repeatedly.
3. Outsource to AI
You can also bring a little smart tech to your cleaning and let the robots take some of the pressure off. One area you can outsource: vacuuming. The market is awash with robotic floor cleaners, so it’s simply a case of searching for the best sweeper and mop in one that best meets your needs.
3. Declutter responsibly
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to declutter your home and get rid of things that you no longer need or use. However, it’s essential to declutter responsibly. Avoid throwing away items that are still in good condition. Instead, donate them to a local charity or thrift store. If you have old electronics, consider recycling them instead of throwing them in the trash. Many electronics contain harmful chemicals that can harm the environment if not disposed of properly. And the spring cleaning mantra: upcycle, upcycle, upcycle! Turn old tees and towels into rags. Turn old containers into storage bins. Everything else? Try turning it into a planter.
Look, in some places, composting is now basically the law. So might as well keep those veggie scraps and garden debris and put it to good use. Otherwise, make sure it all goes in your green bins. Composting is an excellent way to reduce your waste and create a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your plants. You can compost vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells.
5. Opt for secondhand furniture
If you’re in the market for new furniture, consider buying second-hand instead of brand-new. Secondhand furniture is not only affordable, but it’s also eco-friendly. It reduces the demand for new furniture, which helps reduce deforestation and waste. You can find second-hand furniture at thrift stores, online marketplaces, and garage sales.
6. Use energy-efficient appliances
Spring cleaning is also an excellent time to evaluate your appliances’ energy efficiency. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, and dishwashers. These smart appliances are designed to use less energy, which translates to lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint. You can also switch to LED light bulbs, which are more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs.
7. Use plant-based air fresheners
Looking to get the winter stench out? Consider using plant-based air fresheners to freshen up your home. Many conventional air fresheners contain synthetic fragrances that can cause headaches and irritate allergies. Instead, try using natural air fresheners, such as essential oils, incense, or plants. You can also use dried herbs and flowers to add a natural and pleasant scent to your home.
8. Switch to natural pest control methods
If you’re dealing with pests such as ants, spiders, or cockroaches, try using natural pest control methods instead of chemical pesticides. You can use natural repellents such as peppermint oil, vinegar, or citrus peels to keep pests away. You can also use traps or barriers to prevent pests from entering your home. These methods are safer for your health and the environment than chemical pesticides. Need something stronger? Try diatomaceous earth.
9. Be water wise
When spring cleaning, you’ll likely be using a lot of water to clean your home. To use water more sustainably, consider collecting rainwater in a barrel and using it for outdoor cleaning or watering your plants. You can also use a bucket instead of a hose to clean your floors or wash your car. This reduces water waste and saves you money on your water bill.
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