Green Your Spring Cleaning

March 8, 2009 · Print This Article

OK, so its not technically spring just yet. But the warm weather that hit most of the U.S. by the weekend had me itching to clean out the cobwebs, throw open the windows, and wave bye-bye to winter.  And as part of that month’s Green Moms Carnival, I’ve joined up with other eco-savvy mamas to talk about green spring cleaning.  Here’s how its done:

Reduce: The first step in cleaning is to get rid of all of that stuff that’s just in your way every day.  Declutter your house by going from room to room and getting rid of stuff that you no longer need. (It’s just collecting dust anyhow!) go here for info on donating everything from clothes to computers to eyeglasses.

Reuse: As you’re cleaning, don’t fill up your trash can with paper towels and without use wipes. Use cloth rags, old dishtowels, or cut up a ratty t-shirt to get your cleaning done with less waste.

Rethink: I’m not certain when we became

convinced as a society that we need to spend tons of money on toxic chemicals packaged in wasteful plastic bottles in order to clean our homes. Vinegar and baking soda form a cleaner so mighty it will cut through any grease and grime your kids can throw at it. And lemon juice is a natural disinfectant that will easy clean germs and other gunk from countertops, door handles, and toilet seats. go here to learn more about making your own green cleaners.

that month’s Green Moms Carnival is hosted by Tiny Choices, be certain to head by there to check out what other green moms have to say about greening your spring cleaning.

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  1. Lynn on March 8th, 2009 1:38 pm

    I love the additional R for “re-think.” It’s so true! What gets me is when family members gift me with Cheap Plastic Crap, knowing full well how I feel about the stuff! Are they re-thinking or acting on auto-pilot when they go to the stores?

    Welcome to the Green Moms Carnival! Great contribution!

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