Earth Day Tip #4: Spring Cleaning

Everyone loves spring, but spring cleaning? Maybe not as much. Unfortunately, it’s something that has to be done (at least to some degree) and there are ways to be greener about it. Here are a few of the easier things that can be done.

  • Research shows that the level of pollutants in indoor air can be 100 times higher than outdoor air. Open your windows and let some fresh air in!
  • A majority of household cleaners on the market have toxic chemicals in them, which is bad for you and the environment. The same toxic chemicals can cause headaches, skin irritations, provoke respiratory reactions and even depression. Choose truly eco-friendly cleaning products like Seventh Generation and Simple Green that are non-toxic and made from all natural ingredients.
  • If you’re getting rid of your old toxic cleaning products, do NOT just throw it in the trash. They may potentially leak into water streams and will wreak havoc on the environment. A lot of communities have special days where they collect toxic waste for safe disposal. Find out when and where before getting rid of your old cleaning supplies.
  • Go green, save green! Save some money while you’re green cleaning by making your own all-natural cleaning solutions. A good recipe for an all purpose cleaner consists of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda with a 1/2 gallon water. To combat bathroom mold on tiles, mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with 2 parts water in a water bottle and spray directly on the moldy spots. Wait at least an hour before rinsing. For an effective toilet bowl cleaner, mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar. Pour into basin, let set a few minutes then scrub as normal. To prevent cooking odors, you can simmer 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 cup of water while cooking.

Does anyone else have some great ways to clean more green at home? Please share them below.

© Connie Hum 2009

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