Tips For Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning

Spring is right around the corner; the time of year again when the birds are chirping, the tulips are blooming, and everything is greening up outside. That means one thing: spring cleaning. I thought I would share some eco-friendly tips for cleaning your home because A. cleaning supplies can be expensive and B. the hazardous chemicals in your cleaning supplies add up fast. It feels good to start off the season with a freshly cleaned, bright home while also keeping the environment in mind. I love the idea and feeling of spring cleaning. Rejuvenating and refreshing. A time to open the windows and let the sunshine in, dust off winter, and shake out the chill. Happy cleaning!

First off, don't use paper towels to wipe down your windows. Actually, stop buying paper towels altogether. They don't work well for cleaning windows because they leave a lint trail behind and they fill up your trash can fast. Newspapers work well if you get them, but reusable microfiber cloths work best and you can buy them at almost any store that sells cleaning supplies. For a window cleaner, I stay away from Windex and stick with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar + 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Plain water works well, too.

Air fresheners
Rethink your Febreze sprays and consider essential oils instead. Sprinkle a cotton ball with essential oil and place it in the corner of a room, keeping it out of reach from children and pets. It also doesn't hurt to open the windows, letting a fresh breeze flow throughout your home. Maybe position a few fans in strategic places like hallways and stairways, or place one in the window, facing in. Closed-up houses in the winter may be cozy, but they tend to turn pretty stale after awhile.

There are different powders out there you can buy for carpet deodorizing that supposedly work wonders for your carpet, but baking soda works just as well. Carpet absorbs like a sponge and cleaning them can be a pain (or expensive, or toxic). Simply sprinkle baking soda on the floor and let it sit overnight before vacuuming it up the next morning.

Disinfecting surfaces
I love using essential oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, or orange for cleaning surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom. Tea tree is especially my favorite as it instantly kills mold, bacteria, and viruses so it's really ideal when wiping down extra germy spots such as remotes, door knobs, light switches, and so on. Combine 20 drops of essential oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

Unclog drains
Drain cleaner is strong enough to give anyone a headache. Avoid those harsh chemicals and toxic fumes by switching to a baking soda and vinegar mixture instead. Dump 3/4 cup of baking soda down the drain and chase it with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse it down with a pot of boiling water.

Wood polish
If you have wooden surfaces you are wanting to polish, add a teaspoon of olive oil to a quarter cup of lemon juice for a gentle furniture polis that will remove dust and bring wood to a shine. This will result in lack of petroleum and wax build up, creating a dull and gunky finish over time.

Cleaning floors
If you're like me, you prefer to get on your hands and knees and scrubs your hard floors rather than relying on a flimsy spray mop (no hate). I like to fill a gallon bucket of hot water, 1 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and a few drops of liquid dish soap.

Reusing old towels
Instead of going out and buying cleaning rags, simply rip or cut up some old towels you already own. I'm a big fan of reusing stuff, and repurposing towels that you no longer want in the bathroom is a great way to save money and help the planet out a little. If you're truly not fond of using old cut up towels, you can buy reusable microfiber clothes like I mentioned previously above.


  1. These are wonderful eco friendly tips. I love the idea of using essential oil as air freshener.

  2. We use old clothes for rags already and I don't know how long I have gone without papertowels. I do like the apple cider tip especially right now as I don't have any windex but I do have the apple vinegar cider!

  3. I desperately need to do some spring cleaning! I've been slacking as of late, but my husband has Spring Break this upcoming week, so we both may get our acts together!

  4. I love this. I always worry about chemicals so this is right up my alley

  5. These are some great tips. One of the best ways to clean windows is to use newspaper. It leaves you with a streak free shine.

  6. Thanks for the great tips! I like the idea of essential oils for fragrance in the house. Not sure if I can give up my paper towels - but something to think about cutting back on!

  7. Thank you for these great eco friendly spring cleaning tips. I never would have thought to use the olive oil. And I like microfiber cloths for some things. I just wish they lasted longer. Maybe I am not cleaning them off right.

  8. We do the majority of this. I love my oils and newspapers. They make life so much easier.

  9. I also the almost all of this. My spring cleaning is next month and am pretty excited to get dirty :)

  10. Thanks for the tips especially the using essential oils instead of Febreze. I am already planning my Spring Cleaning process.

  11. I liked your post about eco-friendly cleaning tips. After reading I want to try to use essential oils. Great post

  12. Now a days with their being so much chemicals in just about everything, these are some great tips. I love the smell of lemon, so I will def. try the lemon disinfecting spray :)

  13. Thanks for the tips. I will start my spring next week.


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