Guide to Green Spring Cleaning and Savings

Natural Ingredients for homemade cleaners

With the arrival of the bubs coming up fast, and so many preparations to still get to, I feel like lately all I ever do is clean. I am trying to be extra cautious as I clean the surfaces in the house and especially the nursery, conscious of any possible chemicals that I may be spreading around before the little man even arrives. But I must say, I am making amazing progress and have turned what was once a guest room/storage clutter mess room into a neatly organized nursery (pics to come in my next “Project Nursery” article.)

I am moving on to the garage next and have come up with a pretty good game plan as to how to tackle each room in an organized, non-toxic, and cost-effective way.

Step 1: De-Clutter, Donate, Document

De-Clutter: The easiest way to lessen the amount of cleaner and the amount of time needed to use that cleaner is to get rid of stuff. The more you are willing to part with, the less you have to clean and the more space you give yourself to really make a difference. Don’t just move the stacks around, recycle them or donate them!

Donate: Don’t be afraid to be green by donating all those clothes and appliances that you just don’t wear or use anymore, or bring them to a consignment store.

Document: Every year I go to do my taxes and have to guesstimate how much I donated the previous year. Make sure to document your donations as you go so you can write them off. You would be surprised how the savings can really add up!

Step 2: Get Green Gear

Stock up on basically 8 natural ingredients that, when combined to make DIY household cleaners, will clean the house top to bottom:

Tip: If you already have a closet full of cleaner, check the EWG’s database of over 2,000 products to see how healthy they are or scan them on the Good Guide App.

Tip: Use microfiber cloth or old t-shirts instead of rolls of paper towels to be more green.

Step 3: Properly Store and Label

Properly Store: Resist the urge to use the old cleaner bottles as storage for the new household cleaners you have made. In this case reusing bottles can be dangerous as new ingredients often mix with old chemicals to create toxic gases. Go to your local dollar store and pick up some new bottles, they will be easier to label as well.

Label: Make sure to label; ingredients, purpose, date made (especially if some ingredients are perishable), and safety information. This will ensure that the correct cleaners are being used when anyone in the household goes to use it and that you are not letting perishable materials expire.


One Response to Guide to Green Spring Cleaning and Savings

  1. Chelsea Asay says:

    LOVE the household cleaning product ideas…I already do a couple of them, but I definitely will do the others now. So easy and cheap!!

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