Sustainable spring cleaning means taking care to make sure you maintain a fresh, clean home without causing environmental harm or doing anything which has a negative impact on the planet. When you adopt a natural and toxin-free approach, of course, that is not just the right thing to do for people and planet. It is also the right thing to do for the health of you and your family.
Here are some tips for sustainable spring cleaning:
- Clear the clutter first. Try to downsize. But remember that all those things that are weighing you down could be just what someone else is looking for. Make sure you gift or donate unwanted items rather than just throwing things away.
- As soon as you have assessed what you already own, this can be a good time to see what you might need that you do not already have. You might choose some new items to help you move closer to a zero waste lifestyle, for example.
- As you are clearing out, keep your cleaning needs in mind. For example, scrap fabric from old clothes or bedding might be very useful to use for rags once your deep clean begins.
- Once you’re had a clear out, it’s time to start your deep clean. Take things one room at a time, so you do not get overwhelmed. Consider starting with your bedroom so even if you do not finish in a day, you have somewhere clean, calm and restful to retire to for the night.
- Start high up in each room and work your way down to the floor. Do not forget curtains, blinds and soft furnishings – which you can put through the wash. If you do not already have one in place, develop a sustainable laundry routine.
- Finally, remember that you do not need a raft of cleaning products in plastic bottles to clean your home effectively. Use Castile soap, bicarbonate of soda, vinegars, essential oils and other natural ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals.