Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tips for Spring Cleanups!

Hopefully we’ve seen the last of old man winter. As the weather continues to get nicer and warmer, it’s time to start thinking spring and get that spring cleaning done.

Winnie and Phinn want to share some ideas from SparkPeople on spring tips! (

  1. Reevaluate you cleaning products. Lots of cleaning products have toxic chemicals that can be more harmful to the environment then what you’re cleaning! Try looking into products by Seventh Generation, Biokleen, or other companies that are “nature friendly”. You can also make your own supplies as well! (Maybe put the link in here, because it lists the “recipes”)
  2. Add some green around the house. Plants can help purify the air in your house! Consider planting a few small plants like English Ivy, Spider Plants or Peace Lilies in rooms you spend the most time in.
  3. Air Dry your laundry. Even with EnergyStar and other energy efficient driers, consider hang-drying some of your laundry, especially sheets, comforters and other larger items. Not only will this help cut down on energy costs, but you’ll also cut down on pollution, extend the life of your clothes and get a fresh spring air scent as well!
  4. Cut down on paper towels. Most people clean out their closets and dressers in the spring. Donate some clothes to places like Salvation Army and Good Will, but keep some items like t-shirts and turn them into rags. You’ll cut down on paper waste, and will have reusable clothes to cut back on expenses.
  5. Invest in a reusable mop. Swifer pads make life easy, you just mop and toss. However, they can get expense, and are wasteful. Consider spending a little extra on a reusable mop, preferably one that is absorbent and can be machine washed. It will save you in the long run.

Hopefully these tips will help you get in the mood for spring cleaning and no more snow! Until next time…

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