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Now that spring has finally arrived, you and your family might be thinking about deep cleaning your home. Spring cleaning is a great way to get rid of clutter and prepare your property for the warmest months of the year, but these projects are not always eco-friendly. With a little research and some extra planning, you can make sure that your spring cleaning isn’t going to be bad for the environment.
Ditch the Chemical Cleaning Products
Practically every surface in your home can be cleaned with natural and non-toxic products. Instead of going out and buying chemical cleaners, you might want to invest in some baking soda, distilled vinegar, essential oils, and lemons. Non-porous surfaces like counter tops and sinks can be disinfected with a mixture of vinegar, warm water, and baking soda. If you have recently noticed that your home doesn’t smell as fresh as it used to, then you can use a few drops of essential oils in your cleaning mixtures as well.
Air Dry Linens and Clothes
Spring is the perfect time to wash and sort all of the linens throughout your home including drapes, beach towels, pillowcases, and blankets. It might seem easier to simply toss all off those fabrics in the dryer after washing them, but that will end up wasting an incredible amount of energy. When hung up out in the sunshine, most of these items will be completely dry within just a few hours.
Switch to High-Efficiency Lights, Faucets, and Fixtures
As you go through and clean each of the rooms in your home, you should be looking for any small items that might need to be replaced or repaired. Older light bulbs that have gone out can be replaced with modern CFL or LED bulbs. You might also want to consider upgrading old leaky faucets to high-efficiency faucets that use aerators to reduce the amount of water that is coming out.
Trash Old Products Responsibly
Many of the everyday items that are scattered throughout your home contain substances that are harmful to humans and bad for the environment. Any electronics that you plan on getting rid of should be taken to a dedicated e-waste recycling facility, like Ranch Town Recycling Center Inc. You should also contact your local hazardous waste center if you have any old chemicals that you would like to trash.
In addition to cleaning and de-cluttering your home, you should also make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the warm summer months. Changing filters and scheduling a service call with an HVAC contractor will reduce your utility bills and your carbon footprint.
Author Bio: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.