It’s nice to clean in spring; when nature wakes up from a long slumber and gives us a refreshing feeling of renewal. In spring, we can interact more freely with the outdoors, and we can cleanse and release what has accumulated in our homes over the cold winter. However, there are ways that spring cleaning can harm nature, such as using toxic cleaners and throwing away tons of junk that don’t decompose. Spring clean the green way to help keep your home and our planet clean.
- Recycle non-biodegradable items. Littering non-biodegradable items around is harmful enough, but so is handing them over to the garbage truck to be deposited in landfills. These don’t decompose to turn into fertilizer, but they take up space and release toxic chemicals. Avoid throwing items that may be recycled or used again. Give your non-biodegradable trash to recycling centers. Donate usable items to charities.
- Make compost with biodegradable trash. Collect the biodegradable trash all around your house and garden. Dig a hole in your backyard then put the trash in it. Cover the trash with a layer of soil and manure. This will turn into fertilizer after a few weeks.
- Use recycled items for cleaning. If possible, avoid using disposables when cleaning. Instead, find old items and reuse them as cleaning materials. Use old toothbrushes as scrubbers and old clothes as wipers. Look around for unused cleaning materials in your house. Use them instead of buying new items from the store, which will just be thrown away later on.
- Use natural cleaning materials. Use brooms and scrubbers that are made of natural materials. When you can’t use them anymore, put them in the compost pit. This is a greener alternative of using synthetic cleaners that don’t decompose when they’re worn out.
- Use green cleansing agents. Before using a cleaning product, check the container and see if it’s eco-friendly. There are some products that cause harm to nature, such as depleting the ozone layer and polluting the environment. Examples of harmful ingredients in cleansing products are CFCs and phosphates, among others. If you’re not sure about the safeness of a product, research about it before using.
- Make your own environment-friendly cleansers. Lemon and vinegar may be used as a substitute for cleansers and bleaching agents. Wipe them over dirty and stained surfaces. Dilute them in water to lessen their acidity. Baking soda removes odor. Pour baking soda on smelly surfaces and leave it on until the odor is eliminated. Salt added to water helps in scrubbing.
- Let clean air in. Grow plants and trees around your home. They help remove air pollution and produce healthy oxygen. Air conditioning release chemicals into the air, which harms the Earth’s ozone layer. If the weather is pleasant enough, turn off the air conditioning. Open the windows of your house and let fresh air in. Make a potpourri from flowers and fragrant fruits or woods to make the air smell more fragrant.
Environment-friendly spring cleaning helps save Mother Nature. Try to practice the tips not only during spring but every time you clean.