Tomorrow is the first day of spring! Soon there will be flowers sprouting from the ground, the weather will turn, and the days will continue to get longer and longer.  With all the joys of spring also comes spring cleaning -so lets talk about how to do it in a sustainable, eco-friendly way!Image result for vinegar

  1. Vinegar
    If it’s not already, vinegar will be your new BFF.  It has countless options for cleaning, it comes in a glass bottle (easy to recycle), and works like a charm. My favorite use for vinegar is cleaning out my microwave. I put a little bit of vinegar in a microwave safe glass container and run the microwave for a minute or two. Once its heated, it allows the grease and grime to be easily wiped out from the inside of the microwave. Your microwave will shine like the top of the Chrysler building!
  2. Rags
    It’s time to ditch the paper towels!  Using rags to wipe down surfaces, dust and clean is not only ecofriendly, but its also more effective. Rags last so much longer than paper towels ever would while your scrubbing away. When you’re finished with the job, just throw the rags in the wash and you can use them all over again.
    People rave about the Norwex cloths- I haven’t tried them yet but I would love to hear feedback from those of you who have!
  3. Orange Peel CleanerSoak orange peels in vinegar for 2 wks in vinegar in a sealed mason jar. Pour into spray bottle use for cleaning or bug spray.  Works great for ants!:
    Yes, you read that correctly.  A multi-purpose cleaner made out of orange peels: via grouprecipes.com. “Just stuff a jar with orange peels, cover with vinegar, put a lid on it and let it steep in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks or more…and hey presto….orange scented cleaner! Put in a spray bottle for easy application.”

 

Questions or comments? Leave them below! And remember, to reclaim, reuse and upcycle!

-Jackie

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Posted by:Jackie Hausler of haus2home

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful, and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog haus2home.com.

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