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How to Get Started with Earth-Friendly Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great time to get organized in all areas of your home life. It’s the perfect time to make healthy and positive changes that will help you ring in springtime with a renewed focus.

In addition, spring cleaning is also a great time for taking steps to help you reduce environmental impact. 

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Here are some earth-friendly spring cleaning tips to get you started: 

Buy sustainable and non-toxic cleaning products

Instead of using conventional cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals, you can find products that are better for the environment and your own health. Look for products that are made from sustainable and non-toxic resources for spring cleaning year-round. 

Some of my favorite brands include:

Liquid Castile Soap from Dr. Bronner 

Biokleen All-Purpose Cleaner

Tohi Multi-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate

DIY green spring cleaning recipes

Homemade cleaning formulas made with baking soda and vinegar are a great green alternative for spring cleaning. They are known as one of the most powerful all-purpose cleaners that can be used on almost any surface area. I always keep an additional supply of my own all-purpose DIY cleaner in my pantry. Check below for the recipe!

I highly recommend the amber spray bottles pictured below! They come with two spray nozzles and bottle caps so you can always have an extra refill on hand. I’ve had this particular 2-pack set for over two years now and they’re still holding up really well. The best part is they don’t leak!

Sally’s Organics 2-pack Amber Glass Spray Bottles

For more green spring cleaning recipes, check out these natural home cleaning hacks

Open the windows to freshen up your home naturally

The indoor air quality inside the home is more harmful than the outside air quality, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One of the best ways to make your home smell and feel fresh and healthy is by opening the windows to air out any toxins. This will provide additional ventilation to wash away the pollutants and freshen up your home.

Spring cleaning with natural air fresheners 

You can go with something completely natural, instead of buying ready-made products that contain toxic chemicals in air fresheners.

What are the best natural air fresheners?

  • Holmes HEPA Air Purifier
  • Plants
  • Essential Oils 
  • Baking Soda 

These are some of my favorites for spring cleaning. The best part is that they’re a simple and affordable solution!

Use a professional green cleaning service for your spring cleaning

You can also consider hiring a green cleaning service if you’re overwhelmed by the thought of spring cleaning your entire home alone. Check your local area listing for reputable and trustworthy companies that use eco-friendly practices. 

If you live in Arizona, I recommend checking out Eco Mama Green Clean to save you time and get your green spring cleaning started the right way.

Prevent unnecessary dirt from coming into your home

Shoes are one of the easiest ways to bring toxins into your home. We have a “no shoes allowed indoors” rule to keep the floors clean and free from dirt that gets brought in with your shoes. 

Tips:

  • Keep a basket or plastic bin with a lid by the entrance to keep your shoes in. 
  • Wash off your shoes frequently.
  • Avoid storing shoes you don’t wear frequently where they can easily collect dust out in the open. 

Dry your laundry the old-fashion way

Find a clothesline to air dry large items such as comforters and sheet sets. Traditional washers and dryers use a lot of energy and don’t always dry your large clothes or linens properly. It’s also a good excuse to catch some extra sun and fresh air if you get to do your laundry outdoors. 

Use natural ingredients for cleaning furniture 

Making your own wood cleaners using natural ingredients is easy! All you have to do is combine a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice to clean and polish your wooden furniture. This cleaner will leave a glossy, nice-smelling finish.

For fabric furniture: Sprinkle baking soda and let it sit on fabric furniture for a few minutes, then vacuum it. 

Taking measures toward more earth-friendly spring cleaning is great. 

Striving to have a healthier green home will help reduce the amount of harmful impact on the planet while exposing you to fewer pollutants and saving you money. Follow these earth-friendly tips on spring cleaning and share your thoughts and any extra tips with us below!

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