It's that time of the year again! Many of us are diving into in a spring cleaning frenzy, hoping to scrub every nook and cranny before the warm weather hits (and let's be honest, nothing feels better than reducing clutter & junk)! Here at Eco-Adventures, there's a lot of clean-up that happens after the winter season in preparation for the guests' return, every spring; it's very important to us that re-opening is done in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner. Along the way, we've learned a few ways to maintain a 'green' cleaning routine, and we want to share that with you.
Below are a few helpful tips & tricks that you can use to transform your cleaning routine into a 'green & eco-friendly' process. Although spring cleaning is satisfying, it's not always so great for our planet. We have also included a few links, so it's even easier for you to find eco-friendly cleaning supplies & materials that will help you along the way.
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1. Ditch the Paper Towels
If you don't know it already, single use cleaning supplies are big no-no when it comes to conservation. More than 5 billion pounds of paper towel is disposed of in Canada annually (that's roughly 50 rolls per person). Producing all that paper consumes a lot of natural resources, including 110 million trees per year, and 130 billion gallons of water (source: loveyourplanet.ca).
Make the simple switch to a reusable cloth, old sheet, towel or clothing, Norwex product, or an eco-friendly wipe like this, and you'll make a difference in a big way.
2. DIY Natural Stain Removers
If you're trying to remove tough stains that accumulated over the winter, we have 4 natural ingredients with cleaning power that you should definitely know about:
A) Lemon - this bright fruit will leave everything sparkling with its acidic nature. Just add some juice to a misting bottle (we want to ensure we're conserving water) and spray it directly on the surfaces you want to clean. For extra tough stains, lose the misting bottle and rub a cut lemon right on top of the grime. Make sure you compost your lemon rind, or place it in a container with vinegar - it makes a great smelling natural cleaner if you let it sit for a few weeks.
B) White Vinegar - this powerful cleaning agent always gets the job done. It's great for: descaling coffee machines; brightening brass; copper or pewter; unclogging shower heads & more!
C) Baking Soda - also known as the ultimate odour & mildew remover. Keep your fridge smelling fresh by placing a small dish of baking soda inside. You can also use it to scrub tough stains, water, mildew and more. Here's 10 ways you can use baking soda to clean your home.
D) Coffee Grounds - pour your coffee grounds on your countertop in spots you have dried on food, and wipe with a reusable cloth. You can also put leftover grinds in the bottom of your garbage can to help kill odours.
3. The Newspaper Reinvented: From Reading to Cleaning
Did you know you can use your old newspapers to clean your windows or mirrors, streak free?! It won't leave any lint or dust behind, and is a great alternative to single-use paper towels.