There are just a few times of year that a good cleaning of your home is needed and one of those times is during the spring. Normal spring cleaning is just a good once-over appliances, the bathroom, and possibly closets and the refrigerator. But have you thought about cleaning and also changing out bad to good items during that process?
Cleaning your home during the change of season is great, but there’s so much more you can do to keep things extra clean and green. Products, materials, and even items you bring into you home change over time and upgrading, or even downgrading is a great way to help green your home during your spring cleaning routine. Here’s a few ways that you can help spring clean your home to be more green this season.
• Ditch the paper routine: A great part of trash that heads out your door to the curbside trash is paper. Curb the habit to reach for a paper towel or use a napkin and grab cloth instead. Washable cloth is a great way to keep the paper waste in your home down, or complete eliminate it completely. You can even make your own cloth napkins from scraps of left over material, or opt for ones that are sold retail that are viscous and pick up a lot of liquid at once. Check out 5 Ways to Make the Switch to Cloth Napkins to help get started on this habit shift and think about all the trees you’ll save with this simple change.
• Avoid plastics containing BPA: Of course, this one is a long-time tip that’s been around awhile, but should be mentioned. Plastics containing BPA can be heated and the chemical released at a certain temperature. Avoiding it, especially if you take your lunch to work, is a good start. BPA is a plasticizer that’s been linked to certain forms of cancer and other noted health issues. Long term use of plastics containing BPA could lead to higher risks of these illnesses. The best way to avoid a “possible” exposure to this plasticizer is to replace your questionable plastics and go for cooking utensils and containers made from safe plastics. They are labeled #2, #4, or even #5 and always opt for ones that have been recycled. If plastic is a no-go in your house altogether, opt for replacing it all with glass containers. Drink from recycled glass, too. Glass recycling takes 50% less energy to make into something new than new glass, so opt for recycled over new whenever possible.
• Switch the switch: In terms of electricity, think about it as a whole. What lights are on when they should be off, could a dimmer switch be placed in a hallway, or stairs? What about your electronics? Using a power strip with an on/off switch to charge your electronic devices and flipping the switch when you’re done charging, but why not go a step further. Getting a power strip like one from Smart Strip that switches off when it senses that the device has gone idle is a step further in going green and always saving you money in the long run. Also, if a new lamp is in order opt for ones made from sustainable or recycled material. If that isn’t in the budget, look at local thrift stores and give an old lamp new life with a coat of paint. If you are wanting to make a habit shift in a major way, try the Sun Jar Solar Lamp be that change. It’s a jar that charges all day in a window with the sun and then provides hours of light at night when needed. ….Or make your own!
These tips are a great way to make that push to be more green. Seasonal changes can be gradual changes when done slowly. Going green isn’t just about recycling, it’s about shifting your habits and keeping those habit shifts moving throughout the entire year.
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