Only seven more sleeps left until it is officially Spring, hurray! So it’s only appropriate we share our sustainable spring cleaning tips; ranging from natural cleaning remedies to practical advice for what to do with any unwanted items!
1. Go back to basics with naturally eco-friendly household cleaning remedies
Our first tip is an oldie but goodie! You’ve probably already heard that the cleaning solution to (almost) everything is white vinegar. You can buy it in your supermarket, it’s cheap and you can use it to clean basically everything! It inhibits the growth of bacteria by creating an acidic environment, is non-toxic and really easy to use.
We can’t forget about the other timeless remedy; baking soda. Acting as a natural abrasive, deodorizer, and cleanser the baking soda can be used on nearly every surface of your house!
Natural oils are a good addition to natural household cleaners and they can add a lovely aroma, avoiding any harmful “perfumes”. For example,we swear by eucalyptus oil as it’s great at removing sticky bits / glue left over from stickers, and as a bonus, leaves a lovely fresh scent behind!
Now all you need is a sponge or a piece of fabric then you’re good to go! If you have an old ripped t-shirt, simply cut it into a few pieces and you have new cleaning cloths, giving your old t-shirt a new, practical use.
2. Create your own eco-friendly cleaning remedies
If you want to go even further with ensuring your cleaning products are as eco-friendly as possible, you can even make them yourself! There’s plenty of information online so you can follow tutorials on how to make your very own laundry powder, dishwashing liquid and bars of soap. You can also look for workshops and at the same time meet like-minded people who care about our planet.
3. Rehome any unloved items
Whether it’s to buy or to give, rehoming your items through Charity Shops is always a great solution: you’re helping a good cause and you’re giving a new life to all kinds of items.
If you’re getting rid of some furniture, clothes, or anything in good enough condition for it to be used again, take them to a Charity Shop so they can have a new home. The same way, if you need new items, you’ll find a lot of useful articles in the Shop’s shelves. Sometimes you can even find brand new products which still have a tag on. Online selling apps and Social Media can be great ways to connect with people and sell or give away items.
4. Repair and re-purpose
Before thinking of throwing something away, always try to see if you can repair a broken item. If you don’t know, check online, ask around for advice as someone might’ve had the same problem or head to a Repair Cafe. Repair Cafes are great community events where you can bring damaged items to skilful volunteers who will happily try to fix it for you.
When it can’t be repaired, there is almost always a way to re-purpose it and use it for something else. Don’t worry if you’re not the crafting type yourself, there are plenty of easy, no hassle ways of re-purposing items! Take a look below for example…
Did you know you can look up if an item is recyclable through your local council? Thanks to Recycle Now, they provide useful and detailed information about all types of items. You can also directly get in touch with your local council when recycling rules are specific to each council.
For other items which are “hard-to-recycle”, we offer free recycling programmes in the UK. With our programmes, we aim to prevent waste from polluting our planet, by not sending anything to landfill or incineration. All the waste we collect is transformed into new material and then used to create new products.
We even have programmes specially made to recycle your cleaning products. That way, if you really have to use single-use products, you can still recycle them afterwards, like disposable gloves, Flash wipes, cloths and pads or even dishwashing and cleaning product packaging.
Looking to recycle something we don’t have a recycling programme for yet? We have the perfect zero waste solution, the All-In-One Zero Waste Box™! Put in all the items you’d like to recycle and we’ll do the rest.
In the end, the most important thing is to always choose a circular approach. Use eco-friendly products when possible, try to reuse or repair first and if you really need to, recycle!