How many of you schedule a thorough green spring cleaning at the start of the year?
While it’s important to keep a good handle on day-to-day chores around the house: like cleaning dishes, making the bed and doing laundry;
Some tasks may only require attention once a year:
– like, cleaning out window frames,
– washing your curtains or steaming your blinds,
– wiping down your kitchen cupboards,
– cleaning your carpets,
– wiping down your walls (especially in basements)
and clearing out your gutters.
But why do we go to such lengths for a tidy and clean home?
An array of studies have shown that an annual deep clean holds a variety of merits:
🧽. An annual deep clean can help reduce stress:
😌. You’ll have a better handle on what you have and what you actually use regularly. If you’re cleaning out a cupboard and find a pot you haven’t used in years, why keep it? Make a donation pile and find a local group that’s taking gently-used items. Clutter and excess can be distracting in a space.
😌. You’ll be able to relax without daunting chores hanging over you. Once it’s done, it’s done!
😌. And, the act of cleaning itself can help burn off stress-inducing endorphins.
🧽. A deep clean of your walls, carpets and furniture can improve indoor air quality as they can hold onto allergens like dust mites, mold and pet dander:
🧹 While a regular vacuum can remove dust and debris, a good carpet clean can remove and kill-off bacteria and germs. Your carpets will also look revitalized. We suggest looking online for eco-friendly carpet cleaning solutions like this from RAOG Business Member, Swish Maintenance.
🧹. The same applies to steaming your couches, chairs and mattresses.
🧹. Atmospheric pollutants like dust, mold and cobwebs could be clinging to the walls in your home. According to Housewife How Tos the best solution for cleaning your walls safely is:
-2 gallons of warm water
-2 tablespoons liquid dish detergent
-A natural sea sponge (colored ones may leave marks on your wall)
-Clean white cloths
-Clean white towels
Visit the Housewife How To’s at the link above for step by step guidance on how to clean your walls effectively and safely.
🧽. And in the long run, maintaining your major appliances with a good clean could reduce repair costs later down the line.
🧼 Giving your fridge a solid wipe down, changing its filter (if viable) and defrosting your freezer can prolong the life of the appliance. Use Swedish Cloths that leave a streak-free finish like these by RAOG Business Member, Ten & Co.:
Here are a few eco-benefits of using Swedish Cloths for green spring cleaning:
➡️ Sponge cloths replace the use of up to 17 rolls of paper towel, reducing the plastic packaging & overall waste in landfills.
More about the perks of cleaning your major appliances:
🧼. According to the National Library of Medicine, National Institiues of Health: Bacteria from dirty garments can build up and harbor in your washing machine. To clean your washing machine: empty it and put it on a quick spin with warm water, white vinegar and baking soda to kill bacteria. You can also leave the lid open between washes to minimize the chance of mildew building.
🧼. Clean the filter on your dishwasher regularly. You can even spritz the filter with white vinegar between washes according to Style at Home.
🧼. Your microwave will probably need more attention than a once a year wipe down. However, we had to share this top tip with you! Pop a slice of lemon in a microwave safe dish with water and run the microwave for 20 seconds. The steam will loosten any grime that has built-up making it easy clean.
🧼. The oven – cleaning your oven is always a daunting task! Spray it down with white vinegar then sprinkle with baking soda. Leave it to sit for a few minutes until the dirt has dissolved then get to work with an abrasive cleaning pad.
These Upcycled Coffee Sack Dish Scrubbers from Business Member, Ardent Earth.
And lastly, it’s SO easy to reach for a roll of papertowels when you’re cleaning you’re home. They leave a streak and fibre-free finish and they’re super accessible.
We’re challenging you to skip disposable paper towels this year! Many local makers sell reusable papertowels like these from RAOG Business Member, Green Envy. These Unpaper Towels can easily be wrapped around an old papertowel tube for easy access. They’re also macine washable!
We hope our speedy round-up of green spring cleaning solutions helps you with your spring clean this year.
If you have any tips of your own be sure to share them with us!