Our grandmothers did it, and most of our mothers did, too. Now that we’re responsible adults, it’s also become our annual ritual.
From cleaning out closets to dusting, waxing and polishing, spring cleaning is incentive to straighten up our homes and bring order to our lives.
But before you put on the gloves and get out the mop, consider these five environment-friendly additions to your spring-cleaning checklist.
1. Replace air filters
Filters should be changed every three months, so if you haven’t replaced yours lately, now’s the time. Clean filters keep the air in your HVAC flowing and energy costs down. If you really want to be eco-smart
, purchase washable filters that can be reused.
2. Toss chemical-based cleaners
There are scores of recipes for homemade cleaning supplies online using everyday items such as white vinegar and baking soda. You’ll enjoy fresher scents that are natural and safer for the environment and a chemical-free home to boot.
Paper, plastic, cans, broken electronics. If you don’t want it, it’s time to get rid of it.
4. Go paperless
Cancel unwanted junk mail, newspapers, magazines and catalogs. Remember, you can do just about everything online these days, such as pay bills and flip through virtually publications. You’ll be saving trees and reducing waste, and that’s always a great green idea.
5. Get water wise
Check if your toilets are running or if a faucet or showerhead is leaking. While a drop or two doesn’t equate to much, according to the EPA leaks in the average household can result in 10,000 gallons of water wasted a year. And that’s waste we cannot afford.
How do you clean in spring? Share your best spring-cleaning tip.