Here’s how to ensure your spring cleaning habits aren’t toxic to the environment.
Spring has arrived! It’s time to say goodbye to the cold weather and hello to new life once again. The flowers are just breaking through the soil, the birds are singing and the trees are growing new leaves.
These are familiar images and usually mark the beginning of longer days, picnics in the park, riding bikes and, more than anything else, enjoying the warmer weather. But one annual task looms in the way of that fun: the dreaded spring cleaning. This chore is tedious and incredibly time consuming, but it’s necessary after months of being cooped up indoors. There are so many things to do: tidy up the garden, wash the car, dust the curtains, sweep the floor, etc. Don’t forget to use cleaning methods and cleaning products that are the safest for your family, your home and the environment. Here are some reminders before you get started.
Reuse Whenever Possible
One person’s trash is another’s treasure. Give your unwanted clothes a new life by donating them to your local thrift shop or charity. By reusing clothing and other goods, we can cut down on waste entering landfills.
Recycle All That You Can
Always check with your local recycling center for any recycling restrictions in your area. Some places only accept certain types of plastic or metal. You should check the bottom of any glass or the back of any plastic container for the recycling number. This number will indicate the type of plastic that it is.
Use Cleaning Products That Are Safer for Your Family and the Environment
Look for products that are labeled biodegradable, eco-friendly or non-toxic. Avoid products with labels that read toxic, corrosive, irritant, flammable or combustible.
To water the lawn, consider using grey water or even rainwater. An average family typically uses 30 percent of its water for the garden or the lawn. By using alternative water such as rainwater from a rain barrel, you can cut down on wasted water and even lower your water bill.
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