If you’ve been putting off this year’s spring cleaning, it’s not too late to get started. There are plenty of tips and tricks to make your home cleaner and even more environmentally friendly, whether you’re willing to put in a major effort or just make a few small changes. Here are a few ways you can clean up your home and go green while doing so, from simple fixes to long-term projects.
- Swap out cleaners: Using the right cleaning supplies in your home can make a huge difference in your home’s air quality and in going green. Many popular household cleaners contain chemicals that can be toxic in the right circumstances or contribute to water pollution if washed down the drain. Stick to natural, organic products whenever possible.
- Go paperless: Instead of having to go through a massive pile of papers on your desk every time you start your spring cleaning, switch to digital documentation. This will reduce how much paper you waste, while also helping you stay more organized in the future.
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- Remove rugs and carpet: Rugs and carpeting could be impacting the air quality in your home, and collect a surprising amount of dirt over time. A carpet can contain up to four times its weight in soil and dust. Most of the allergens that get trapped in your home’s carpeting are invisible to the naked eye, so if you’ve got wood floors in your home, consider removing the rugs.
- Go reusable: People use a surprising amount of disposable products on a daily basis when there are reusable alternatives readily available. This can include anything from ditching plastic utensils to shopping waste-free with reusable bags and buying in bulk at the grocery store. You’ll also save some money in the process, since you’ll need to restock on these items less often.
- Replace appliances over time: As old appliances start to break down, look for more energy-friendly appliances to replace them. It might seem like an added expense at first, but eventually they’ll pay for themselves. They’ll likely need less regular maintenance while also reducing your electric bill.
- Remember renovation options: If you’re planning on making major changes to your home, why not opt for environmentally-friendly options that will keep your home more efficient? Modular constructions reduce energy consumption during the building process by around 67% and reduces energy costs later on for occupants. Don’t be afraid to switch out the materials your home uses, too. A metal roof can easily help save as much as 25% off of your annual home energy bill.
Whether you’re looking to make a few small adjustments to your daily life or planning for significant upgrades, these tips can help you get on track for keeping your home clean while also being more environmentally friendly. How do you plan to clean and go green this spring? What tips do you have for people looking to make adjustments that will make a daily difference?