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Categories: Seasonal Tips

Clean While Going Green – 4 Tips for Smarter, Healthier Spring Cleaning

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Well, it’s time for spring cleaning. Some greet it with open arms like a friend they haven’t seen in a year. Others aren’t so anxious, and won’t be smiling until the last chore is done. Regardless of which camp you fall in, our tips for green spring cleaning are sure to help.

Forget air fresheners – Just because it smells good doesn’t mean that it’s good for you or the environment. Instead, open the windows and let in some fresh air. Consider boiling cinnamon or cloves. Also, plants with broad, green leaves are perfect for filtering the air inside your house.

Vinegar, your new cleaning companion – Vinegar is 99% effective as a disinfectant. When you’re ready to clean those windows, combine 1/4 of white vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on and wipe away. For mopping those floors, again, combine white vinegar and water in a bucket. Add a few drops of peppermint or lemon oil for a refreshing scent.

Bring out the baking soda – While baking soda is commonly used to eliminate smells inside of your fridge, it can do the same thing for your carpet. Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda on your carpet and vacuum it up. Ah, the sweet smell of success.

– The cost of disposable mops or pads can add up quickly. Instead, invest in a quality reusable mop. Make sure the mop head is removable. When needed, remove the head, give it a rinse in the washing machine and hang it to dry. It may take a little more time, but it’s both environmentally and budget-friendly.