Green Spring Cleaning Tips
Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products
Spray distilled white vinegar on glass windows to make them sparkle.
Hang Dry Your Laundry
Save energy and let your clothes dry naturally. Stay green every step of the way and install a clothesline in your backyard, or look for a retractable clothesline.The sun is a natural brightener so consider hanging up your “whites” the sun will whiten them naturally.
Ditch the Paper Towels
Save trees and landfill waste. Use washable cleaning and dusting cloths or give an old piece of cloth a new life.
Go through what you have and do not plan to use. Once you've taken stock of what you can use, separate out items that someone else might need. (This includes dishes, kitchen gadgets, clothes, books, toys.) Just drop it all off at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army and they will find a second life with someone else.
Paint Your Walls Green
If spring cleaning at your house means a fresh coat of paint, be sure to check the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content of the paint when selecting your paint and color. VOCs form vapors at room temperature and can be harmful to the air you breath daily.
Invest in Green Appliances
When it’s time to replace your appliances, choose greener alternatives. There are great bagless vacuum cleaner (like the Dyson, which also uses less power). Also make sure all your new appliances are Energy Star certified.
Seal Up Leaks
Caulk any leaks or cracks in the your walls and windows. Grab a caulk gun and seal up with some waterproof caulk. It is nearly invisible when in place and removes easily without damaging paint. Save money and energy!
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