02 Oct 5 Eco Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring has officially arrived in Australia. And as the weather warms up, it’s natural to want to shake off the winter blues and refresh our homes. It’s time to get organised!
We’ve compiled a list of five eco-friendly spring cleaning tips to help you bring harmony into your homes – without hurting the environment.
1. Mindful Decluttering
The first step of most spring cleaning projects is to get rid of whatever you no longer need or use. But stop! Before you throw everything away, ask yourself if there are items that can be rehomed. As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! As long as the items are in good working order, clean and undamaged, then saving them from landfill makes sense.
If you don’t have the time or desire to list things for sale, consider donating to your local charity. They are always looking for good quality clothing, baby goods and furniture.
Of course, every declutter will produce some things to throw away. It pays to check with your local council about what can be recycled or repurposed.
2. Dry Washing in the Sunshine
Winter can mean the clothes dryer gets a big workout. It’s easy to fall into the habit of throwing wet washing in the dryer, even when the sun is shining outside! So this is your reminder to make the most of those long, sunshiny days by hanging your clothes out to dry. You’ll cut down on carbon emissions AND your power bill, too.
3. Switch to Natural and Eco-friendly Products
Need eco-friendly spring cleaning tips for your bathroom cupboards? Start by looking at how many bottles and jars are gathering dust! You’re bound to find a whole range of bottles you thought were a great idea at the time and have only used once or twice. Body lotions with a synthetic fragrance you can’t stand, baby skin care that was on sale at the supermarket, and countless haircare products that all do the same thing.
It’s time to get brutal. Less is more. Stick with only the essentials and make them quality products with natural, eco-friendly ingredients. Try switching to a natural deodorant like those from the Exposed Naturals range, choose biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes for the whole family, and use Australian made, 100% natural baby skin care that’s free from irritants and nasties.
For eco-friendly laundry and cleaning options, take a look at the Dirt company.
4. Use Old Clothes for Cleaning
As you declutter your wardrobe, you’ll likely decide to part with those beloved old t-shirts that you’ve worn to rags. They don’t belong in the donation pile – but the good news is, they don’t have to go to landfill either. Cut up old cotton t-shirts and clothes to be used as cleaning rags. It’s a great way to get more life out of the fabric and reduces the need to buy sponges.
5. Plants are the New Décor
Spring cleaning goes hand in hand with revamping rooms in your home. Traditionally, a new rug or lamp might be chosen to elevate a space. But before you make a trend-based décor purchase that can go out of style and end up in next season’s giveaway pile, consider this. The hottest trend right now, and one that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in a hurry, is indoor plants. Yes, living décor is the ultimate in eco-friendly spring cleaning room makeovers! And not only can they make a stunning focal point in a room, they’re incredible at purifying the air in your home. Head to your local gardening centre for advice and the best selection of gorgeous greenery.
Looking for a room freshener to complement your eco-friendly spring cleaning efforts? Check out our 100% natural Room Sprays here.