Green Spring Cleaning

Mar 6, 2014

This warm weather feels like spring! Being that Colorado has tricky habits of surprise late snows, we could still get a small snowfall. However, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the weather and start spring cleaning. In Denver, and here in the mountain communities, people are more environmentally aware of the products they use and the waste they produce. With that in mind, we’ve put together a short list of ways to clean for spring and stay eco-friendly.

Alaris PropertiesHang dry your laundry.
Hanging out your laundry to dry is an easy way to save energy. The added bonus is that your clothes will smell spring fresh!

Get some fresh air.
Air fresheners and purifiers can help get the musty smell of winter out of your home, but if you really want to freshen up the air inside, open up your window.  By letting in the cool spring breeze, you’re clearing out dust that’s settled over the winter months. To purify the air in your home, buy air purifying plants like Aloe Vera and Gerber Daisies.

De-clutter space and donate items.
Have you been meaning to organize a closet or clean out your garage, but you feel bad throwing away so much stuff? Try donating and recycling! Gently used items that are still in good shape can be donated to local thrift shops like Goodwill or Arc and there’s several Habitat for Humanity locations in Denver that will take used items and extra building supplies. If items aren’t good enough for donating, check with local recycling centers. The goal is to keep as much material out of our landfills as possible.

Clean with reusable products. 
Never underestimate the power of a good broom, mop and rag. Although Swiffers and paper towels are affordable and easy to use, that’s more material we’re adding to our daily waste.

Use green products.
You can find good, green cleaning products in almost any supermarket. Companies such as Seventh Generation and Simple Green boast toxin free cleaners that are good for your home and for the environment.

What else is on your green spring cleaning list? Share it with us on our Facebook page.

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