Earth911's Green Spring Cleaning Guide

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Spring cleaning can seem daunting, and adding eco-consciousness to the mix only increases the stress. Sure, you want to spruce your home up for the season, but it can be tough to know where to start. Don’t worry. Earth911 has you covered. Check out our Green Spring Cleaning Guide, which will help you do everything from choosing the right cleaning product to donating your old stuff.

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Green cleaning products

You can’t clean without the products. But before you run to the store to stock up on harsh, chemical-laden cleaners, consider eco-friendly alternatives instead. Eco-friendly cleaners typically contain natural, organic, non-toxic, chemical-free or biodegradable ingredients for all the clean without the environmental impact.

Seventh Generation, Shaklee, Eco-Me and J.R. Watkins Naturals all sell eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning supplies and many are available wherever cleaning products are sold. Or you can make your cleaners at home using a prepackaged kit, like this one from Elizabeth’s Kind Cafe.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also whip up a few eco-friendly cleaning products from scratch using common household ingredients like vinegar, salt, lemon juice and baking soda. Check out our guide to mixing up your own all-natural laundry detergent, tile and grout cleaner, glass cleaner and more.

Unless a cleaning product is marked “biodegradable,” avoid dumping half-full bottles down the drain or tossing them in the trash. Instead, clean with the product until it’s used up, rinse the bottle and recycle it. Or use Earth911 to find household cleaner recycling options near you.

 

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