As we look toward warmer weather, many of us also gear up for the annual spring clean of our living spaces and our lives! It can be incredibly important for us to declutter, air out, and clean-up, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
When we begin to think about airing out and cleaning up, we can also think of the impact our methods and tools this cleaning will have on our long-term health as well as the environment we find ourselves in.
Over the past few years, we have seen a push for more natural products, including cleaning supplies. Many of us understand the importance of being organic or chemical-free, but we forget to consider the potential impacts that our cleaning products can have.
So, do we really need to use naturally cleaning products?
Most typical cleaning supplies include many toxic substances that have also been found to be seriously harmful to our health. Our homes are the spaces we should be able to feel most safe, cared for, and healthy. When we use harsh chemicals to keep these spaces clean, there is potential damage to our health and the environment around us.
Some tips for natural cleaning
Doing our own research. There are many ways for us to cut down the harsh chemicals in our lives, reduce the waste we produce, and increase our sustainability while supporting our health! Finding the aspects that matter most to us and how to support them, in ways that work for us will truly make a lasting difference.
Taking a look at the ingredients. Much like our food, we should also be looking at the ingredients in the products we keep our homes clean with. It is a common misconception that “clean” equals harsh. Clean can also mean natural, which is often more effective in many ways.
Making our own supplies! Not only is it cleaner to make our own products, but it’s also cheaper! We can save a lot by making many products out of the regular household items that many of us already own! Take a look here for some great tips to get started!
Reusing and repurposing. By purchasing longer-lasting, more sustainable products like microfibre cloths, we can not only save money and reduce our landfill inputs, but we also keep our homes cleaner by avoiding the bacteria pick-up that many other products, like disposable sponges, carry with them.
Investing in what matters to us. Whether it be through our time, education, money, or intention, when we invest in the spaces and values that matter to us, we will bring about true change in our habits and lifestyles. Asking ourselves what we want to change and grow towards can be a great way to get started!
Will you be spring cleaning this year? Have you ever made your own cleaning supplies? Share your favourite tips and tricks for spring cleaning today!
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