Spring is the perfect time to start fresh and make positive improvements in your life—you might implement a new workout program, purge some unneeded junk from your pantry and closets, or start pulling weeds in your yard. And of course, there’s the ever-popular spring cleaning! (We have to say, we’re partial to this idea!)
Typically, people picture “spring cleaning” and think of tackling those less urgent but oh-so-satisfying chores—like wiping baseboards, scrubbing windowpanes, and cleaning out the refrigerator. But the spring is also a perfect time to rethink how you clean. Enter: green cleaning.
Green cleaning is a way to reduce your negative impact on the environment via your cleaning products and practices. We also sometimes use this term to refer to using more natural methods of cleaning that are better for your health. In this blog, we’re sharing five ways to make your cleaning routine a little greener.
Many commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and your health. One of the best ways to eliminate these kinds of ingredients from your home is to make your own cleaning products! It might sound like an added chore or errand to run, but there are several cleaning solutions you can make with common household ingredients—like baking soda (a natural odor absorber), vinegar, lemon, and essential oils. One of our favorite natural cleaners is a combination of vinegar and baking soda—this classic “science experiment” is a great way to scrub stuck-on food off your pots and pans.
That said, you may not have the time, the desire, or the ingredients to create your own cleaning solutions—and that’s okay! With green cleaning becoming more and more popular, there are plenty of “green cleaning” products you can purchase for your home. If the idea of overhauling your entire cleaning arsenal feels overwhelming, swap just one or two products at a time, or simply replace your old products with greener versions as you use them.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
As you start “greenifying” your cleaning supplies, remember these three words—reduce, reuse, recycle. Think of ways you can reduce waste while cleaning, reuse supplies, and recycle items. (You can also buy items—like paper towels—that are made from recycled materials!) Instead of dryer sheets, try wool dryer balls—they can cut back on drying time (which could save energy in your home) and help reduce static. Instead of using disposable mop heads, use microfiber ones that can be washed and reused. Do the same thing with dust rags and wipes for your countertops—swap the disposable versions for reusable cloths. To take it a step further, you can even make cleaning cloths out of your unwanted clothes or linens, so you don’t have to purchase new ones!
If you love a fresh-smelling home but hate the idea of spraying chemicals into the air you breathe (who doesn’t?), try natural air fresheners instead. By boiling cinnamon, herbs, citrus peels, or other organic elements, you can create a delicious, inviting scent that’s safe for your body and the environment. You can also use essential oils in a diffuser. And if you miss the scent of fresh-smelling laundry (you know, because you swapped dryer sheets for reusable dryer balls), you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls!
Let Nature In (But Not Too Much)
Spring (especially early spring in Oklahoma) is a great time to open your windows! This helps circulate stale air; plus, if you do still use a few harsh chemicals when cleaning, it can help remove the harmful fumes from your home.
We also recommend not wearing shoes in your home, especially if you have lots of carpet or small children (particularly ones who crawl or play on the floor). Think about what the bottom of your shoes encounter when you walk outside—there might be gum on the sidewalk, pet waste, fertilizer, dirt… none of which you want in your home. And if you have carpet, you can’t easily disinfect it. (This tip isn’t entirely for the purposes of “going green,” but it does reduce the possibility of tracking germs and chemicals into your home!)
If you want to implement green cleaning in your home or office space, we’d love to help! We offer green cleaning packages for residential and commercial spaces. You can learn more on our Green Cleaning page and click here to request an estimate.