3 Simple Steps to Sustainable Spring Cleaning

March 24, 2020

3 Simple Steps to Sustainable Spring Cleaning

Happy Spring!  With a new season and current circumstances we are all facing, now is the perfect time to give your home a little extra love.  

Cleaning your home doesn't need to be full of harsh chemicals, non-recyclable cleaning products, or boring. 

Here's a quick list to get into action: 

1.  A jammin playlist

Music soothes the sole and get's the body moving.  We found a few fun "spring cleaning" playlists on Spotify and Amazon Music.

2.  Have a plan: 

Maybe you have daily chores down but aren't sure where to start to get a good spring clean? A few years ago, I stumbled upon Natalie Rebecca organizers.  I absolutely love her cleaning organizer. She put together daily, weekly, and zone cleaning charts to keep you on track. 

We teamed up with Natalie to offer a great discount:

Visit her website @ www.natalierebeccadesign.com

Use code: DapperDwelling20 at checkout for 20% off your purchase.

We even took some sheets from her organizer and used an old picture frame to give the kids a chore list.  Use a dry erase marker to wipe down and reset.  You can set up a rewards system with this if you want.  We use a point system for each chore they complete.  Points=rewards.  

3.  Sustainable Cleaning:  

Not sure what to look for in cleaning products?  Here are a few suggestions:

1.  Natural bristle brushes:
  • Tampico Fibers: Made with plant fibers from an Agave plant.  Very sturdy and great for scrubbing dishes. Click HERE for some of our favorites. Compost at the end of it's life

  • Animal Hair:  biodegradable and long lasting.  Choose from goat hair, horse hair or even lambswool.  Lambswool was even listed as one of the top dust busters by consumer reports.  It creates a static charge that allows dust to cling to its hair.  Buy your own lambswool duster HERE
  • Coconut Husks:  Coir, is a natural fiber found in the outer husks of coconut.  This is a very hardy fiber that works great for cleaning non-stick surfaces but gentle enough for glass and china.  Compost at the end of it's life.  Click HERE for our favorite coconut cleaners.

2.  Non-toxic Cleaners:

     There are ways to reduce the toxins in your home and get it squeaky clean.  Harmful chemicals like parabens (found in preservatives like methyl or propyl paraben), or phthalates (found in vinyl, PVC, and fragrances-to name a few) are found in many cleaners on the market.

  • All Purpose Cleaner:   An all purpose cleaners job is to clean that grime and grease off surfaces.  Most won't kill bacteria or viruses unless there are other active disinfecting ingredients added, but still works great.  Get our favorite cleaner HERE.
  • Paper towel alternative:  Sure they are great for quick clean ups or gross messes, but paper towels contribute to over 17,000 tons of US waste every DAY!  We are in love with our Swedish Dishcloths.  Great for everyday uses like dusting, washing dishes, or cleaning countertops.  They can be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine, each one replaces approx. 17 rolls of paper towels, and you can compost them.  Find our cute styles HERE

We hope these simple tips will help you get motivated to clean easier and safer for you and the earth.

We also have added all our sustainable cleaning products on a special "spring cleaning" section listed here:  thedapperdwelling.com

 

Happy Cleaning!

 





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