Need some cheap and sustainable ways to spring clean your home? Here are a few frugal spring cleaning tips that help you go green while you save money.
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Frugal Cleaning Is Often Eco Friendly!
Many years ago, when I became pregnant with my first child, I learned a very valuable lesson. I wanted to live a greener life, however, I needed to figure out how to do it on a very tight budget. Organic milk might be better for my growing baby but it wasn’t cheap! So, I needed to figure out how to reduce my carbon footprint without spending a fortune.
It was at that point in my life that I realized how much going green and living frugally actually have in common! If you are tackling your spring cleaning this month, I wanted to share a few frugal spring cleaning tips that not only help you live greener but will also allow you to save a little bit of money at the same time.
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Budget Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring cleaning isn’t a chore that I get all that excited about. Hot fudge sundaes… THOSE are exciting. New books….those are pretty exciting, too! But, spring cleaning doesn’t have me leaping up and down for joy. However, it is a chore I tackle every year in an attempt to control clutter and not live in filth.
So, if you want your house to be cleaner but don’t want to spend a fortune, here are a few easy spring cleaning tips that will help you save money and go green.
Electronics and Appliance Maintenance:
Cleaning and maintaining your electronics and appliances should be part of every frugal spring cleaning schedule. This is one of the most important frugal cleaning tips I can offer for saving money long term. Appliances and electronics are incredibly expensive.
Vacuum the coils of your refrigerator to improve energy efficiency and extend the life of the unit. When spring cleaning your office, wipe down the fan area of your computer hard drive to help improve air flow and keep the computer temperature low. Change all the air filters in your heating and air conditioning units. Electronics and appliances will live longer with proper maintenance and that means fewer of them will end up in landfills.
Make money on decluttering:
Clean out your closets, drawers, and other storage areas. If you haven’t used the item in over a year, get rid of it. Earn money for decluttering by having a yard sale or selling items online. Take old books to a second-hand bookstore for a trade in.
Your clutter could earn you money and throwing things away is bad for the environment. If, however, you have not sold the items in a relatively short amount of time, send them to the thrift store rather than putting them back in your house. Investigate creative ways to recycle household items before tossing anything in the trash.
Rent big ticket items:
There is no reason to buy your own carpet cleaner if you are only going to use it once a year. Ask friends and family if they have a rug cleaner you can borrow or head over to your local hardware store and rent one for a few days.
If you are doing some outdoor spring cleaning, rent a pressure washer instead of buying one. Renting big ticket items saves you money and keeps your garage from being taken over by clutter.
Use homemade cleaning products:
There are some chores that require heavy duty cleaners but I try to limit the use of those whenever I can. Vinegar, baking soda, lemons and essential oils can accomplish a lot around the house. And using DIY cleaning products saves you time while protecting our water supply and minimizing harmful chemical fumes. Check out my pine vinegar cleaner to get started.
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Stop Using Disposables:
Disposable cleaning supplies are a huge waste of money and anything you throw away just ends up in landfills. Instead of buying single use items, invest in cleaning supplies that you can use over and over again. Skip the individually wrapped toilet tablets, disposable wipes, and paper towels. Instead, use bulk cleaning supplies and microfiber cleaning cloths.
Tackle Frugal Spring Cleaning NOW!
Keeping your home clean doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Tackle small chores daily over the coming month to conquer clutter, break up the grime, and clean up your home. While frugal cleaning may not be more FUN than expensive cleaning is… just think of all the fun things you can do with the money you save!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.