5 Tips for Greener Spring Cleaning

February15, 2012 by Shannalee in Solar Living

It happens every spring: along with the warmer weather and colorful flowers, for many of us, spring means cleaning. And as so much new life is beginning all around us, it only makes sense to freshen up our homes, too.

Here are our top five tips for eco-friendly spring cleaning!

  1. Use Non-Toxic, Natural Cleaning Products. Many cleaning products available today are loaded with harmful chemicals and toxins that pollute the environment and can affect your health. That’s why it’s so important to choose cleaning products made from natural, non-toxic materials (or better yet, to make your own!).
  2. Eliminate Existing Toxins. While you are using eco-friendly products, why not also make spring cleaning a time to detoxify your home of existing pollutants, like Green and Clean Mom writes. Purge out old, toxic materials stashed away in the garage or basement. Throw out expired medicine and toiletries. Do an overhaul of the foods lurking in your pantry and get rid of anything harmful.
  3. Pare Down to Reduce Waste. Decluttering does more than get you organized—it puts your unwanted, unused items to good use for someone else. Go through every room in your house and determine what things you no longer want or need, and give away anything still usable to charity.  A good rule of thumb, according to the blog of green fuel solutions maker Bio Friendly, is this: “If you haven’t used it in at least 6 months, then you don’t REALLY need it.”
  4. Choose Low-VOC Paint. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint is the best way to give new life to a room—but when you reach for the paint can, make sure it’s a type with low volatile organic compounds (VOC). Paints low in VOC minimize indoor air pollution, which is not only bad for the environment but also your health.  (For ideas on low-VOC brands, see this post from EcoVillageGreen!)
  5. Bring in Some Oxygen. Spring typically means warmer temperatures, the kind that invite you to open the windows and let in fresh air—pushing out trapped odors that may lurk inside your home. You may also wish to add houseplants to your environment, as they are known to naturally purify the air you’re breathing.

(Image source: TheRenewablePlanet.com)

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