When you think about spring cleaning, decluttering comes to mind, but have you thought about the cleaning products and methods you use? Common cleaning habits often commit a number of environmental sins including the use of harmful chemicals, single use wipes as well as single use plastic bottles, which might end up polluting our land and waterbodies.
Nevertheless, a few simple tweaks can easily make your spring-cleaning routine more sustainable and at little to zero additional cost. Join us in learning more about how we can reduce our environmental impact while doing daily chores and cleaning at work or home.
Spring clean your house using natural and eco-friendly products
You can create home-made cleaners with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen such as lemon, white vinegar and baking soda. Using these natural ingredients can reduce the environmental impact of your spring cleaning as they can be purchased in bulk as well as from zero waste stores. Additionally, they reduce the unhealthy toxins from entering your home too.
Use environmentally-friendly tools to go with your eco-friendly cleaning products
As great as it is to use natural solutions to wipe and clean, the tool used matters too! A sponge is a common cleaning tool but most cleaning sponges are made of plastic which will slowly degrade into microplastics. Whilst paper towels and wet wipes are extremely convenient, they come at a cost to the planet. Instead of using endless amounts of paper towels and wet wipes, swap them for reusable cloths. This means you can clean up without more trees being cut down.
Declutter your wardrobe in an eco-friendly way
Whilst it may be easier to simply throw out old clothing that you no longer want, keep in mind that doing so will simply add trash to landfills. Instead of tossing out unwanted or broken clothing, take the time to organise and donate them to a local charity. Alternatively, you can drop them off at the collection box at Lot 10 (washroom entrance at ground floor and second floor; car park autopay entrance at fifth floor) or KL Sentral (KLIA Ekspres Arrival Hall). If there are items that are not in good condition, consider repurposing them into rags that you can use to dust and wipe with.
Still have no idea how to start decluttering your home? Why not check out this link for the Top Ten Marie Kondo Organisation Tips!