It’s spring cleaning time. A few ideas…
- Reduce. If you have less stuff, you have less stuff to clean. Take the stuff you don’t use and donate it to the Goodwill or your local reuse store. (Sometimes, I hide some clothes in the back of my closet. If I haven’t looked for it or worn it in months, it goes to the Goodwill. Try it.)
- Reuse. Find a way to reuse items that can’t be recycled. (post coming soon about reusing paint cans) 5 reuse ideas for single mittens
- Recycle. Take those old electronics to be recycled. Best Buy takes a lot of electronics, and they’ll give your hard drive back to you for safe keeping. We’ve taken a really old computer and monitor there, and I’m pretty confident that they were recycled ethically. NYC recently started an electronics recycling program that says that all retailers have to take back any electronics (whether it was purchased there or not) and they have to be recycled, not thrown into a dump. That’s a great program. I hope it reduces planned obsolescence, as retailers and/or manufacturers become responsible for the waste they produce.
- Make your own cleaning products. Vinegar and water will do the trick. It doesn’t smell bad. It really cleans (and prevents ants). And it’s safe for your pets. They have sensitive noses, so ditch the purfumey stuff and go natural. A few more green cleaners.
- Get some good ol’ fresh air. Open the windows and let the breeze flow through the house. There’s nothing like a freshly cleaned house with open windows.
- Just say no to paper towels. We use paper towels for one thing in this house: cat puke. (Ew.) Everything else is cleaned with a rag or a sponge. You can disinfect sponges by microwaving them for 1-2 minutes.
- Sort your laundry by fabric, not by color. Lighter fabrics require less time in the dryer. Check it out. You’ll save money on energy costs too. (P.S. I’ve washed everything in cold water for years!)
Real Simple has some more ideas about simple spring cleaning. Do you have any tips?