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5 Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

The onset of spring calls for a full-home cleaning and reorganization to freshen up your apartment post-winter. Spring cleaning is satisfying for your home and your mind, but some practices may not be so great for the environment. Fortunately, at Western National, we can help you adopt an eco-friendly spring cleaning routine.

1. Open Up Your Windows

During the winter, your home might be closed off most of the time to keep it warm and comfortable. The first step for spring cleaning should be ventilating your apartment to allow free air circulation. Even if you don’t use toxic chemicals in your house, indoor air is five times more polluted than outside air. Furniture, cooking, and appliances in your home release compounds in the air that may be harmful to you after inhaling them for an extended period. Therefore, it is advisable to let fresh air in your house when the weather permits.

2. Use Reusable Dust Rags and Cloths

You don’t need to have rolls of single-use wipes or paper towels to clean surfaces in your house. It’s easy to handle these tasks with reusable towels and rags. Old towels and T-shirts make excellent dust rags and are also cost-effective. Make sure to wash them thoroughly after cleaning and let them dry in the sun. You’ll significantly cut down on single-use productions when you switch to this method.

3. Remove Stains Using Natural Products

When it comes to removing tough stains, you may feel forced to use cleaning products that are toxic and harmful to the environment. However, there are several eco-friendly options you can use to clean your house. White vinegar, lemon, and baking soda all work as great cleansers. Vinegar has ingredients that allow it to cut through grease stains, making it a good product for cleaning in the kitchen. Lemon juice effectively cleans stainless steel surfaces, and it can be an alternative to toxic materials on the market today. Finally, baking soda can be used to eliminate stale odors. You can use it in your microwave, dishwasher, and fridge.

4. Don’t Waste Water

Most of us use a lot of water: on average many American families use more than 300 gallons of water per day. Research shows that 70% of this water usage occurs indoors. There are simple ways that you can reduce water wastage in your house. For example, if you have hardwood flooring in your home, you can use dirt-trapping mats, thus reducing the number of times you need to clean your house per week. In addition, you can use non-toxic products that don’t need diluting when you need to clean surfaces.

Your house and environment will be a better place when you use these eco-friendly spring cleaning tips. Embrace the season even further by preparing meals using fresh seasonal produce. If you are looking for a community that shares your commitment to a clean environment, contact us for more eco-friendly ideas and opportunities.

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