As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, springtime calls on us to open our windows, let in the fresh air, and embark on a deep cleaning spree. While the tradition of spring cleaning is a great way to refresh our living spaces, it's also an opportunity to embrace eco-friendly practices that are gentle on both the environment and our health. Let’s explore how you can tackle your spring cleaning tasks while also minimizing waste, reducing chemical exposure, and embracing sustainability.

1. Declutter Responsibly

Before diving into your spring cleaning naturally, take inventory of your belongings and simplify where possible. You will be amazed at how great this can feel! Donate gently used items to local charities or thrift stores, host a clothing swap with friends, or sell unwanted items online to give them a new life. There are also many free local exchange groups on Facebook so items are going to those who need them. By reducing waste and promoting reuse, you'll lighten your environmental footprint while helping others in need.

2. Choose Green Cleaning Products

Swap out conventional cleaning products laden with harsh chemicals for eco-friendly alternatives that are safer for your family and the planet. Look for cleaning solutions labeled as non-toxic, biodegradable, and free from synthetic fragrances and dyes. Better yet, make your own cleaning products using simple ingredients like lemon, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, and/or essential oils. See recipe for our favorite all-purpose cleaning at the end of this post!

Natural cleaning supplies

3. Freshen Up with Natural Air Purifiers

Instead of relying on chemically filled air fresheners and sprays to mask odors, harness the power of natural air purifiers to freshen up your home. Use an essential oil diffuser with lavender and lemon essential oils for a refreshing spring clean aroma. Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, place bowls of activated charcoal or baking soda in musty areas to absorb odors. And our favorite, incorporate houseplants known for their air-purifying properties, such as spider plants, peace lilies, and snake plants. 


4. Go Zero-Waste in the Kitchen

The kitchen is often a focal point of spring cleaning, but it's also an area where a lot of waste can be generated. Opt for reusable cleaning tools like reusable cloths like REtowels and sponges instead of disposable single-use paper towels. Use eco-friendly dish soap and dishwasher detergent packaged in recyclable or refillable containers, and compost food scraps to divert waste from landfills. 

Pack snacks and sandwiches in containers that are easy to wash and use again or stock up on REusable Snack Bags and Sandwich Wraps made from 100% cotton and food-safe, biodegradable laminate. You will be amazed at how clean your kitchen feels when it’s not filled with boxes of plastic bags and paper towels! 

Reusable snack bags

5. Green Your Laundry Routine

Give your laundry routine an eco-friendly makeover by washing clothes in cold water, using concentrated eco-friendly laundry detergent, and air-drying clothes whenever possible. Consider investing in wool dryer balls to reduce drying time and eliminate the need for disposable dryer sheets. They are easy to use, will last for years and take way static cling. Also, don't forget to clean out your washing machine and dryer vents to keep them running efficiently. See if you can find a local refillery or co-op that offers bulk soaps, something that can also be done for dish soap, bath products, and more. 

6. Conscious Cleansing 

Start simple by investing in reusable or biodegradable toiletries packaged in recyclable materials to minimize waste. Reduce the need for plastic by switching to bamboo or reusable alternatives for toothbrushes, razors, and soap dispensers. When possible, opt for low-flow fixtures such as faucets, showerheads, and toilets to conserve water. And again, utilize natural cleaning products like vinegar and baking soda and our homemade cleaning recipe. 

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

1 cup water

¼ cup rubbing alcohol 

3-4 drops dish soap

Essential oil drops 

Add all ingredients to an empty spray bottle, shake and use! Favorite essential oils include lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. 

By decluttering responsibly, choosing green cleaning products, freshening up with natural air purifiers, minimizing waste in the kitchen, greening your laundry and bathroom routine, you can bring in the new season with a clean conscience and a healthier home environment!

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