What does being eco-friendly during spring cleaning mean?
A lot of household cleaners we use to clean our counters and windows contain toxic and harmful ingredients such as ammonia and formaldehyde. Being eco-friendly means not using products with ingredients that can be harmful to the environment. I have found that using household items to help with my cleaning has not only helped with the sustainable side of cleaners but the financial side as well. I find that I save so much money during that spring cleaning season when using DIY stain removers or window cleaners.
Here are the four eco-friendly spring cleaning hacks:
1. Use reusable towels to wipe surfaces, clean up spills, clean windows
Using paper towels can add up to a lot of waste when cleaning up spills or cleaning countertops. Using reusable towels such as a Swedish dishcloth. A Swedish dishcloth is a reusable cloth that is far more absorbent than a paper towel and can be reused for up to 100 times! It replaces 15 rolls of paper towel in just one cloth.
2. Hang your clothes up to dry
Hanging your clothes to dry is the simplest way to be sustainable this spring season. By hanging your clothes to dry, you eliminate the need for using your dryer and using all of that energy. Hang your clothes with clothespins over
3. Use vinegar as a stain remover and deodorizers
Vinegar is a natural stain remover and deodorizer. Not only is it a stain remover, vinegar can be used to make your counters sparkle. Vinegar can be used on an abundance of surfaces which include glass, wood, ceramic (toilets, sinks) and more. To use as a general cleaner, mix 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water ratio. As a deodorizer, dilute 1 part vinegar to 2.5 parts water. Vinegar can also be used as a fabric softener, adding ½ cup during your rinse cycle.
4. Repurpose things you already have
Repurposing your old fabric scraps and old toothbrushes is one of the cheapest and sustainable practices you can do when it comes to cleaning your house. Using old toothbrushes can be a great brush to clean out water bottles, cleaning knobs, and much more. The fabric scraps that you kept the time you tried to sew are great for cleaning your surfaces with.
Where can you find eco-friendly cleaning supplies?
The Tare Shop has your back when it comes to eco-friendly alternatives for your cleaning needs. Aside from our eco-friendly products, we supply the grocery items such as baking soda, cleaning vinegar and more for your DIY cleaning needs.
Here are some more tips and tricks from Bio Friendly Planet to jumpstart your sustainable cleaning journey and limiting your waste.