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Regardless of the season, it’s never too late to give your home a spring cleaning. As the old saying goes: “A clean home is a happy home.” You can make your home even happier and healthier by using eco-friendly cleaning methods. Not only will you avoid exposing your loved ones (and your pets) to potentially harmful chemicals, you’ll also help the environment while cleaning and decluttering your home.
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably forward-thinking and environmentally conscious. If that sounds like you, here’s how to declutter your life – and your home – any season of the year:
1. Recycle Your Plastic Water Bottles – and Switch to Reusable Containers
You know how expensive bottled water is? Up to 10,000 times more expensive than water straight from your tap – and that’s not the only problem. Plastic water bottles are a huge source of litter in the ocean. It’s become such a concern that some companies are now making clothing and accessories out of billions of used plastic bottles each year. It’s no wonder why so many experts are now recommending humans stop using plastic bottles at all.
You can help the environment – and your wallet – by purchasing a reusable water container. Not only will it cut back on the amount of wasted plastic bottles, it will also save you money, and you can even use the container to store other types of beverages. It truly is a win-win situation.
2. Limit the Use of Plastics When Organizing the Home
Plastic bottles aren’t the only thing you should keep out of the home. According to EcoWatch, any plastic items that contain chemicals like BPA, PET, and PVC can be toxic to your health and the environment if they’re released. When decluttering your space, ditch the plastics and focus on eco-friendly storage solutions such as baskets, glass jars, and wooden crates. They’re not only easier on the environment, they can also make stylish additions to your home.
3. Switch to Eco-Friendly, Chemical-Free Cleaning Supplies
Long-term usage of manufactured cleaning products can cause a variety of health conditions among humans and animals (not to mention, damage to furniture) due to the high concentrations of chemicals used. Instead, most of the time you can actually clean your home using everyday products you probably already have. These might include baking soda, fruits, vinegar, or essential oils – to name a few. For example, you can clean your microwave with just a lemon and something to wipe down the interior with.
Switching to these products will reduce the amount of chemicals you (and your loved ones) are inhaling, touching, and otherwise coming into contact with throughout the day. As you can imagine, these all natural, safe products also leave your home smelling lovely rather than reeking of chemicals in the air. And because the ingredients list is typically small, cleaning can become much easier.
4. Avoid Antibacterial Products
Yes, that’s right. You don’t really have to use manufactured antibacterial products to clean your home. All natural essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, and lemon are known to kill germs quickly. Your home will smell great and you’ll also rest easy, knowing you’ve done your part to combat the spread of “superbug” bacteria. If you want to DIY a non-toxic disinfectant, simply combine the essential oils with water, white vinegar, and vodka (while the latter doesn’t seem pleasant, it can eliminate germs effectively).
These sustainable cleaning tips will help you be more environmentally conscious in your cleaning. In addition, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals you’re bringing into your home. Although it might take a little extra effort on your part and cost slightly more money to change up your cleaning habits, your peace of mind will be priceless.