Spring has sprung and with the new season comes a fresh opportunity to clean house – both literally and figuratively.
This year, why not try some tips that are good for the environment? From making your own cleaners to recycling old items, check out these 20 ways to go green while spring cleaning!
1. Get rid of anything you don’t use or need. Clothes you haven’t worn in a year, old books, expired cosmetics, and other items can all be donated or recycled.
2. Give your home a deep clean. Dust, vacuum, and scrub every nook and cranny to get rid of dirt, grime, and germs.
3. Let in some fresh air. Open the windows and doors to air out your home and get rid of musty odors.
4. Bring nature indoors. Add some plants to your home to purify the air and boost your mood.
5. Make your own cleaning products. Skip the harsh chemicals and opt for natural alternatives like vinegar and baking soda.
6. Upgrade your cleaning tools. Invest in a good quality broom, dustpan, and mop to make cleaning quicker and easier.
7. Create a cleaning schedule. By setting aside some time each week for cleaning, you can keep your home spick and span all spring long.
8. De-clutter your closets. Take the opportunity to go through your clothes and get rid of anything you don’t wear or no longer fit into.
9. Organize your pantry and cabinets. Toss out expired food and spices and consider donating non-perishables that you won’t use.
10. Clean out the fridge. Get rid of old leftovers, spoiled milk, and other yucky items taking up space in your fridge.
11. Wash your windows. Let in some sunshine by giving your windows a good cleaning.
12. Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans. Don’t forget to dust those hard-to-reach places!
13. Vacuum furniture and curtains. Remove dust, pet hair, and other debris from upholstered surfaces and draperies.
14. Scrub the bathroom. Give your bathroom a good scrubbing from top to bottom, including the toilet, sink, tub, and tile.
15. Mop the floors. Use a natural floor cleaner and a damp mop to clean all the floors in your home.
16. Wash bedding and towels. Freshen up your linens by washing them in hot water with a natural laundry detergent.
17. Clean out the gutters. Remove leaves, twigs, and other debris from your gutters to prevent water damage.
18. Pressure wash the exterior of your home. Power washes your siding, sidewalks, and driveway to remove dirt, grime, and mildew.
19. Plant some flowers. Add some color to your yard by planting annuals or perennials in pots or in the ground.
20. Get rid of yard waste. rake up leaves, pull weeds, and trim bushes and trees to tidy up your yard for springtime!
21. Freshen up your patio furniture. Clean off your outdoor furniture and add some new cushions or pillows for a fresh look.
22. Grill more often. Take advantage of the warmer weather by cooking out on the grill instead of using the oven.
23. Eat seasonally. Fill your plate with in-season fruits and vegetables for peak flavor and nutrition.
24. Preserve food from your garden. Can or freeze extra fruits, vegetables, and herbs from your garden to enjoy all year long.
25. compost kitchen scraps. Start a compost pile to reduce waste and add nutrients to your soil.
26. Recycle more often. Make a commitment to recycling more items from your home this spring.
27. Skip the plastic water bottles. Invest in a reusable water bottle or filter your own tap water to reduce waste.
28. carpool or ride your bike. Save money on gas and help the environment by carpooling or riding your bike when possible.
29. Turn off electronics when you’re not using them. Save energy by unplugging electronics or turning them off at the power strip.
30. Educate yourself and others about going green. The more people that know about eco-friendly living, the better!
Spring cleaning is a great way to clean your home and get organized, but it can also be a great opportunity to help the environment. By following some of these simple tips, you can green your spring-cleaning routine and do your part to make our planet a little healthier.