If you’re feeling anything like us, you’re welcoming spring with a warm hug as it whispers in your ear promises of warmer weather, beach hangs, outdoor BBQs, and finally getting your washing dry. Lambs are frolicking, summer holidays are a stone’s throw away, and the house is well overdue a deep spring clean. This year, fill your spring cleaning session with natural cleaners, responsible decluttering, fun up-cycling projects, and cost-effective tricks that minimise waste.
Welcome to your guide to Sustainable Spring Cleaning!
The first step: decluttering. Cleaning your home will be easier when the things you don’t need or use anymore, are out of your way. Put your ‘Marie Kondo’ hat on, and start by getting rid of items in your home that no longer bring you joy.
Before you begin, remember the overall aim of the game is to reduce the number of items you throw into your rubbish bin. Our world has a finite amount of resources, so it’s important we avoid throwing things away, and instead repurpose what already exists!
Here are some ideas to kickstart your creativity.
Broken or old items?
- Complete simple clothing repairs yourself, or hire a local seamstress
- Turn chipped mugs into candles
- Cut up old t-shirts into vegetable ties, car washing rags, or reusable paper towels
- Donate old magazines and redundant technology to schools for arts and crafts
- Recycle responsibly: separate e-waste, batteries, scrap metal, and household recycling
- Compost expired food scraps, and donate edible food that you do not need to community organisations
Items you don’t use anymore?
- Paint old furniture to suit your new interior aesthetics
- Turn old books into knife blocks
- Hang ladders as bookshelves
- Sell unwanted items on Trademe, Facebook Buy and Sell pages, or gift to friends
Safe Household Cleaners
When choosing your cleaning products, keep in mind four things: the hygiene of your home, the safety of your family, the cost of the product, and the environment. It’s important to purchase a cleaner that is free from nasty chemicals that may harm your body while you clean or when you and your family touch surfaces. Additionally, cleaners end up down the drain and in our waterways, so keeping the environment in mind means other creatures and habitats will stay safe too.
Santosa Good For Everything Spray
This spray is lovingly made in small batches in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
It exists to fill your home with uplifting scents while getting rid of germs and inspiring you with the meaningful quotes front and centre of their bottles. Refills are also available.
Sustainable Spring Cleaning Essentials
Protect your hands as you get up and close with mould and bacteria. Gloves are especially helpful for those suffering from eczema who may be sensitive to even chemical free cleaners.
Ditch the paper towels and opt for reusables! Even though paper towels can be compostable, using a cloth that can be washed over and over again in the washing machine is far more sustainable for your wallet. These dishcloths are knitted from 100% cotton and can be composted at the end of their very long life.
For all the hard-to-reach corners of the shower, or window sill grit that just won’t move. This dish brush is meant for washing dishes but is a brilliant tool to help with deep cleaning missions. If this doesn’t work for you, an old toothbrush is handy too!
Declutter your cleaning cupboard with this multipurpose cleaner. From your floors, all the way to your dishes and laundry, the Dr Bronners biodegradable cleaner concentrate will keep all areas of your home fresh and clean, without toxic chemicals.
Polish, wipe and wash with the super absorbent 100% biodegradable ‘Spruce’ Dish Cloth. This home cleaning companion saves you 15 rolls of paper towels, and can even be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher between uses. The ‘Spruce’ Dish Cloth is so colourful and vibrant, it will inspire you to clean when you least expect it.
Once your spring clean is complete, and after you’ve high-fived yourself, think about how you can make next year’s spring clean even easier and more sustainable for you and the planet.
- Reduce the amount of paper you use: save money and trees
- Buy indoor purifying plants: they increase air quality and reduce mould spores
- Think long and hard before you purchase: save money and reduce junk
Happy Spring Cleaning!
WIN A ‘CLEAN’ CLEANING PACK!
We have a clean-green prize from The Green Collective up for grabs including:
- Two Spruce Cloth dish cloths
- A teatowel
- A pack of Goodie Bags produce bags
To enter, just comment below sharing your top Green Spring Cleaning Tip!
AU & NZ residents only, cannot be exchanged for cash, ends midnight Sun 13 Oct 2019.