Warmer weather, small green shoots popping up—you know what that means? If you are anything like us at Modern Kids Design, we start thinking about spring cleaning. Now, in all honestly, sometimes it is only just a "thought" but this month we thought we’d share a few tips on how you can “green” your spring cleaning (if you’re so inclined) to make it healthier for you, your family and the environment.
After the holidays, many of us tend to notice we have accumulated a bit more during the winter months. Spring is a great time to declutter and tidy. Consider setting aside a donation tub (or box) and fill it with items you no longer use. If you’ve packed away spring and summer clothing, bring it out and add your children’s too-small items to the tub. Be honest with yourself throughout the decluttering process. You may have purchased some items with the best of intentions or have received a well-meant gift, but if you aren’t going to use it, it’s best to pass it along to someone who will.
Clear Out Dust & Improve Air Quality
Indoor air pollution can be a problem during the colder months since we don’t open the windows as much. If you’re able to, try and let some fresh air into the home as often as you can. Beat any rugs outside to get out dust and dander, and do a thorough vacuuming of your upholstery, carpets, and vents. Wipe down blinds to remove accumulated dust as well. If you have air purifiers, check to see whether they need new filters and replace them as necessary.
Another way to improve your indoor air quality? Get some houseplants! Spring is a great time to find beautiful, air purifying houseplants like ferns, spider plants, and snake plants. While they won’t vacuum for you, they do help remove some nasty chemicals from the air and add more oxygen to your indoor space.
Once you’ve decluttered and dusted, it will be easier to clean. First, check what cleaners you have on hand. If possible, swap them out for natural and plant-based cleaners available at most grocery stores. Alternatively, you can make your own cleaners with items you probably already have on hand. Vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner. And don’t worry, the smell dissipates quickly.
Quick tip - For windows and mirrors, add ¼ cup of vinegar to 4 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on the surface and wipe clean. Goodbye, ammonia smell!
Another tip - To clean your floors, fill a bucket with a gallon of hot water and four cups of white vinegar. Add some drops of your favorite essential oils—lemon oil or lavender and tea tree are especially great for this, and mop. The ammonia smell will disappear, and you’ll be left with the refreshing scent of your chosen essential oil.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a hassle. It’s a great way to welcome the new season and to prepare for warmer weather and more time spent out of doors. Like most things on our lists of things to do these days, it's best to chunk it down. However, when done thoughtfully, green spring cleaning can also become a special part of greening your home.
As always, thanks for reading and feel free to reach out and let us know if there is something you'd like us to write about on the blog. Happy Spring!