It’s the time to dig out the feather duster and give your home a spring clean. This year, try to be as sustainable as possible by ensuring how you clean is as green as the fresh grass outside.
Instead of using disposable cleaning cloths invest in some that you can put in the washing machine and re-use throughout the year. It might cost more upfront, but you will save more in the long run.
Try Skoy Eco Friendly Cleaning Cloths, which are made from 100% recycled ingredients, contain no chemicals and can be washed and reused as often as you want.
Or E-cloth microfibre cleaning cloths that need no creams or chemicals to work - you just use water to wet them and off you go!
For a budget, recycled version, cut old clothes or sheets into strips and use them as cleaning clothes.
Opt for eco friendly, natural cleaning products that don’t contain harmful chemicals that can have a negative impact on the local environment. Ecotopia.co.uk has a large range of eco friendly products that cover everything from floors and carpets to laundry and dishwashing.
If it’s not raining and you have outside space, hang your washing outdoors to dry. It will give it a lovely, fresh spring smell…without the cost associated with tumble driers.
Do you have items round the house that you never use and have been meaning to get rid of for years? Spring cleaning is the perfect time to clear some space in the home. Instead of just binning items that are working or in adequate condition, pass them on to someone who needs them. Take them to a charity shop, or use a website such as Freecycle or Freegle. These sites match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. The person in need of the item usually comes to collect, so you won’t need to pay delivery or removal fees.
If you have household or garden items in need of repair, a visit to espares.co.uk could help. Espares.co.uk sells spare parts for most electrical items - and features free, easy-to-understand videos on how to repair common household items. There are lots of video guides to choose from – such as ‘how to replace a turntable for your microwave’ or ‘how to replace a spray arm on your dishwasher’. Visit http://www.espares.co.uk/advice for a full list.
Detergents have improved so much in recent years that you don’t need to use hot water to clean floors and surfaces. Cold water should do the job just as well – and it’s cheaper.
If you’ve fallen into the habit of vacuuming your wooden or laminate flooring rather than sweeping it with a broom, it’s time for change. Vacuuming hard surfaces costs you money in electricity charges. Sweeping takes the same amount of effort, is just as effective and doesn’t cost anything. It’s a no brainer, really.
In a similar vein to the above tip - don’t be tempted to use your vacuum cleaner to suck up cobwebs. A feather duster will do the job just as well and won’t waste electricity.
Clean without products with E-cloth microfibre cleaning cloths
Get 100% recycled Skoy Eco Friendly Cleaning Cloths
Buy eco friendly cleaning products
Give away unwanted items at Freegle
Use Freecyle to exchange unwanted household goods
Learn how to fix things in the home
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