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A Guide to Sustainable Spring Cleaning!

  • 2 min read
Traditionally, spring is a time of renewal after the winter’s stillness, and typically as a time to clean our homes and get them in good shape. It’s a love or hate task but at some point, it must happen!

While we all understand that keeping our houses clean and hygienic is essential, we also need to acknowledge the detrimental effects our habits, cleaning products and methods might have on the environment.
 
In this blog, we’ll highlight some sustainable spring cleaning tips to reduce your carbon footprint as well as create a cleaner and newer home! 


Tip 1: Use reusable cleaning products and tools



Whenever you clean, opt for reusable cloths, towels, mops, and other cleaning tools rather than disposable ones like paper towels. According to the EPA a large portion of waste and carbon footprint is caused by products that are single-use, such as wipes, paper towels and plastic trash bags. This equates to over 300 million tons of plastic that end up in landfill each year worldwide. With that in mind, consider switching your cleaning products to more sustainable alternatives. You can even reuse old clothes, towels, sheets, etc. as cleaning rags to save money and reduce your carbon footprint! This is a great way to extend the life of your fabrics.


Tip 2: Make your own cleaning spray



When doing a deep clean, many of us are unaware of the toxic chemicals cleaning sprays have on the environment, wildlife, and us! Making your own spray using natural ingredients is a great eco-friendly alternative which is easy on the planet and easy on your wallet! 

Try out our simple zero-waste citrus cleaning spray to shift dirt and germs away. With a few simple steps using citrus scraps and vinegar, you could have a great all-around surface spray! 

Click here for the step-by-step


Tip 3: Repair old items



Instead of buying entirely new products, try to see if any items around your house could benefit from being repaired. Whether it’s a broken appliance or furniture, consider if it could be easily repaired or revamped into an entirely new product! Repairments can massively help prevent items from entering landfills so instead of tossing everything that is old and broken, let your creativity run wild!


Tip 4: Reduce your water usage



The process of cleaning consumes a lot of water, which is a finite resource.

Water usage can be reduced by the following:

  • Using concentrated, biodegradable, environmentally friendly products.
  • Turning off the taps in between cleaning 
  •  Shower efficiently by setting a timer of 5 minutes to keep your showers, short, sweet and water-saving
  • Save up your dirty clothes by washing a full machine load of clothes
  •  If you have a dishwasher, use it over washing dishes by hand. The dishwasher uses 4 gallons of water per cycle while hand washing can use up to 20 gallons of water!

If you have any other eco cleaning tips, please feel free to share them with us!
Love, Team UpCircle x