Spring is finally here and everybody is getting ready for a fresh start. We are all ready to declutter and embrace this tradition that turns our house back into a home.
What we’re especially excited about is embracing a more natural and sustainable way of cleaning without damaging the environment.
There are quite a few cleaning habits that damage the environment without our knowledge including spraying harmful chemicals into the air, the use of bleaches, sprays and chemicals in plastic containers and dependence on paper towels and wipes.
Let’s forget the toxic cleaners and opt for a more organic alternative that effectively gets the job done while remaining eco-friendly. Here are a few tips that will help with your spring cleaning or relocating adventures.
7 Sustainable Ways to Spring Clean Your Home
1. Good-bye Paper Towels, Good-bye Wipes!
Every household has paper towels because of the affordability, versatility and convenience. If we’re being honest though, paper towels are one of the least green ways of drying your hands or cleaning up a mess. In the US, 2% of total landfills are made up of paper towels.
Why not try reusable, zero-waste scrub brushes and sponges. Try using Single Layer Plastic free sponges. These sponges are made from loofah plants and are 100% bio degradable which means 100% no garbage.
2. Natural “Fresh Air”Chemicals aren’t only bad for the environment, but they’re bad for you! When we clean we really want that fresh smell but there are natural non-toxic ways to do this. Let’s start with opening up your windows and doors. Nothing beats fresh air. Create your own natural air freshener (fresh lemons never hurt anybody).
3. Plants, Plants, Plants
Plants are known to increase oxygen levels and help to improve your mood. This is another way to keep your house feeling fresh and natural. A great way to start is by getting air purifying plants and also adding plants that help get rid of toxins such as chrysanthemums. Green is the way to go.
4. Less Toxins, Less Chemicals
Whether you’re cleaning the floors or washing the dishes and clothes, you use several chemicals to get rid of stains, dirt and odor. Do you really know what you’re using? These detergents eventually end up in rivers and streams. Many detergents contain between 35% - 75% phosphate salts which lead to a variety of water pollution issues.
Try using more natural alternatives like our unscented plastic free soap which is bio-degradable, vegan and zero-waste. This is as eco-friendly as it gets.
5. Avoid Wasting Water
We think of cleaning, and we think water but using water doesn’t mean we have to waste it. Do not leave your water running unnecessarily. Make use of your buckets and use gray water to water your plants. Make sure to check for leaking taps and use dishwashers to reduce water usage.
6. Donate When You Relocate
If you’re relocating this spring and have items that you no longer have use for, or even brand new items, why not donate them to a new home? Anything from clothes to tools can be donated. Sift through your cupboards and dressers and see what you can find to donate. Not everything has to be thrown away.
7. Swap Out the VacuumThe vacuum cleaner is undoubtedly convenient and efficient but it uses a lot of energy. In fact, over 200 million household vacuum cleaners in the US consume 18.5 TWh electricity annually. Opt for natural bristles instead that are just as effective in getting rid of debris. You could try our zero-waste home cleaning kit for the best results.
mylilearth is set for spring with all our natural cleaning alternatives and we are so excited that you care so much about the environment that you’re ready to go on this journey with us. 2021 is looking refreshingly sustainable!