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Tips for a More Environmentally-Friendly Spring Cleaning

2013 March 20

By Ashley McAvoy

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Spring has arrived! It’s time to say goodbye to the cold weather and hello to new life once again. The flowers are just breaking through the soil, the birds are singing, and the trees are growing new leaves. These are familiar images and usually mark the beginning of longer days, picnics in the park, riding bikes and more than anything else, enjoying the warmer weather. If you’re like me, one annual task looms in the way of that fun: the dreaded spring cleaning. This chore is tedious and incredibly time consuming, but it’s necessary after months of being cooped up indoors. There are so many things to do: tidy up the garden, wash the car, dust the curtains, sweep the floor, etc. Don’t forget to use cleaning methods and cleaning products that are the safest for your family, your home, and the environment. Here are some reminders before you get started.

Reuse whenever possible

  • One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Give your unwanted clothes a new life by donating them to your local thrift shop or charity. By reusing clothing and other goods, we can cut down on waste entering landfills.

Recycle all that you can

  • Always check with your local recycling center for any recycling restrictions in your area. Some places only accept certain types of plastic or metal. You should check the bottom of any glass or the back of any plastic container for the recycling number. This number will indicate the type of plastic that it is.
    Check out more at the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle website.

Use cleaning products that are safer for your family and the environment

  • Look for products that are labeled biodegradable, eco-friendly, or non-toxic

Find more information about environmentally safe cleaning products at the Protecting Your Health website

  • Avoid products with labels that read toxic, corrosive, irritant, flammable, or combustible

Conserve water

  • To water the lawn, consider using grey water or even rainwater. An average family typically uses 30% of its water for the garden or the lawn. By using alternative water such as rainwater from a rain barrel, you can cut down on wasted water and even lower your water bill.

For more information about safer cleaning methods for your home and the environment, please visit the Green Homes website.

Happy cleaning!

About the author: Ashley McAvoy is an Intern with the Office of Web Communications for spring 2013. She is a double major in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

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14 Responses leave one →
  1. Meredith Haberfeld permalink
    March 20, 2013

    Great ideas for environment.

  2. Gianni Nocchi permalink
    March 22, 2013

    Great ideas for environment for me too! :D

  3. Eco Friendly Products permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Recycling is very important part of cleaning, we generally throw things away that can be easily recycled and reused.

  4. Environmental product permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Thanks for sharing blog about Tips for a More Environmentally-Friendly Spring Cleaning, It’s good method.

  5. permalink
    April 3, 2013

    Spring cleaning is more than just dusting or tidying up. This post has came up with good reminders which we need to keep in our mind as its important to be environment-friendly.

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    June 2, 2013

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  7. Travis Herrera permalink
    June 20, 2013

    This was such a good post, very interesting to say the least, it really made me stop and think.

  8. Mike Fullerton permalink
    June 27, 2013

    Well analyzed information, thanks for this great post.

  9. Henry Heard permalink
    August 18, 2013

    Great ideas for environment.

  10. T.J. permalink
    February 8, 2014

    Great article! I found that home made eco-friendly cleaning products work just as good as any commercial products and they’re a bit easier on the budget too! Things like baking soda and liquid soap for soft scrub are so easy to make and use. I use cream of tarter and a little water to get the grease stains off of my aluminum baking pans. There is a good list of products and there uses at I printed it out and keep one under the sink with all of my cleaning supplies.

  11. Get the Office Cleaning Services in Brisbane permalink
    March 15, 2014

    These are indeed fast and easy solutions for cleaning during the spring season. Thanks for sharing great tips with us.

  12. Rebecca permalink
    June 30, 2014

    Thank you for the nice post! We should always think of the environment – this way we think of ourselves as we are part of it!

  13. Misha Worchester permalink
    January 12, 2015

    One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you don’t need.Take advantage of the natural urge that comes each spring to get rid of items that are weighing you down and begin fresh with a more streamlined lifestyle.

  14. Joe Lorr permalink
    January 29, 2015

    If we could use detergents which do not contain any harmful or toxic ingredients then we should use them! There are so simple cleaning recipes which include ordinary products like baking soda and vinegar that we should not even touch the common toxic cleaners.

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