How to make your spring cleaning sustainable

Ready to spring clean like a pro? Easter weekend is the perfect time to get the marigolds on and give your home a thorough tidy-up and declutter!

However, even though spring cleaning is rewarding for us, it isn’t always great for the environment! With numerous cleaning solutions, paper towels and bin liners involved, it’s not exactly green.

So to make sure the planet and yourself are benefiting from your big spring clean, here are some handy tips on how to make your spring cleaning sustainable!

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Use reusable cloths and rags

Using paper towels and cleaning wipes are really bad for the environment, and let’s face it, you have to use a lot of them to get your surfaces clean! 

So using reusable cleaning cloths is a great way to get your home spotless without hurting the planet. Plus, if you’ve got any old clothes you no longer use, you can also turn them into cleaning rags.

Don’t throw away, recycle

It’s tempting to put all of your old items into a bin bag and throw them away, but this isn’t kind to the planet and increases waste. Have a look around your home for items you can recycle or donate.

Recycling your old phones and tech is a great way to reduce e-waste and keeps products in circulation for much longer. 

Plus, if you find any clothes you no longer use, why not donate them to a charity shop? You can also give your unwanted DVDs, CDs, games and books a second life by recycling them with musicMagpie!

Switch to biodegradable bin liners

When plastic bin bags end up in landfill, they contribute to plastic waste and take years and years to decompose, which is bad for our planet.

Even though they may cost a little bit more, biodegradable bags are a sustainable way to get rid of your rubbish without harming the environment as they naturally decompose.

Wash reusable bags

Many of us have reusable bags to cut down on plastic use, but they can get dirty over time. Check the care label to see if they’re machine washable, but if they’re not, rinse them with a clean cloth and leave them to air dry.

Use natural products as cleaning supplies

Not only can cleaning products be expensive but they’re full of chemicals that are bad for our planet. You may not know it but products that you probably have in your cupboard such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda, are all perfect for cleaning.

So ditch the cleaning products and switch to natural alternatives.

Put clothes on the washing line

It’s been a long winter, so putting clothes on the radiator and in the dryer has become the norm. But now it’s finally spring, it’s time to take full advantage and dry your clothes on the washing line. The major benefits of doing this are, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bill.

Alternatively, if the weather isn’t the best when you carry out your spring clean, a drying rack is also a good investment.

Ditch the hoover

We’re all guilty of getting the hoover out to clean up crumbs, but using a dustpan and brush does the job without using any electricity. Using the hoover isn’t always necessary, so where you can, switch to sweeping instead.

Found any old tech whilst spring cleaning? Help reduce e-waste when you recycle tech with musicMagpie. Get started with our Sell My Phone and iPhone trade in pages. If you haven’t got anything to sell, don’t worry! Shopping refurbished phones such as refurbished iPhone models keeps products in use for longer which is smart for you and smart for the planet!