Winter is finally winding down, the days are getting longer, snow is starting to melt, and homeowners are just starting to think about the spring cleaning that their homes need in the coming weeks. While no one really enjoys the yearly clean out that comes every March, there’s no doubting the importance of freshening your home’s air quality, tidying up the closet, and making your home comfortable and inviting for the year ahead. But this year is set to be a little different than just about every year before as more and more homeowners are looking into environmentally friendly ways to perform spring cleaning. Whether this is due to the health benefits of avoiding the harsh chemicals used in house cleaning, the reasonably affordable DIY house cleaning tips which are now being made available, or the care of a country which is growing more and more earth-friendly through the years, environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions are quickly becoming the standard for residential house cleaning! If you’re interested on joining the green clean trend here are just a few simple ways you can get started!
Care for your Air Naturally
No matter how well-maintained your home’s ventilation system is, the quality of your home’s air has declined as you've spent more time indoors through the long winter months. Unfortunately for many homeowners the go-to answer for this poor air quality is to use air fresheners which can contain a number of different chemicals which have been proven to be harmful to your respiratory health! Fortunately, you can freshen your home’s air safely and affordably simply by opening your home’s windows and populating your busiest rooms with houseplants!
Invest in Eco-Friendly Cleaners
It’s now more affordable than ever to rely on eco-friendly cleaning items which can tackle everything from wood and steel polishing to window and all-purpose cleaning. In fact, the demand for green clean options has grown to such a degree that an entire organization, the Environmental Working Group, has formed to ensure that homeowners have access to dependably efficient and environmentally-friendly products. What’s more, for the more DIY-minded homeowner, it’s fairly simple to create your own effective cleaning supplies without having to rely on synthetic substances or even paying for any name brand cleaners! Simply follow these simple recipes for homemade cleaners to save money and keep your spring cleaning healthy and effective!
Join the Green Century
One of the major causes of energy loss and unclean, unhealthy interior home conditions is out-of-date and poorly maintained appliances including everything from your home’s washer and dryer to your lightbulbs, refrigerator, and shower. All of the features which directly connect to your home’s utility bills can not only lower your home’s energy efficiency rating and increase the cost of your bills each month, but can actually have a huge impact on the environment both inside and outside your home! Many homeowners are making the switch to Energy Star rated products for just this reason, while still others are looking into the upgrade for the numerous incentive programs which are still available for homeowners first making the change. That said, there are a number of affordable alternative methods to clean up your home’s energy usage which include everything from using a clothesline to dry clothes, relying on open windows instead of air conditioners, and being mindful of electricity usage. Whatever your budget this spring, green cleaning options are sure to be available to you.