Our 5 Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips!
As the days have begun to get brighter, longer and warmer, can sometimes mean it's the first sign to begin your spring cleaning. In the goal of tidy shelves, sparkling floors and clearing out the clutter here are some tips we use here at Slieve Bloom Manor Eco Bed & Breakfast. This season, before you decide to dive elbow deep into one-time use disinfecting wipes or chemical bleach, try these eco-friendly tips for freshening up your home.
1. Hang-dry your laundry
Drying your laundry in a gas or electric dryer is hard on both the environment and your clothes. We'd recommend using natural laundry detergent when washing, and install a clothesline in your backyard for drying. If space is limited, look for a retractable clothesline which takes up almost no space when not in use, or a small clothes rack that can be put away between washes. If weather and space permits, line-dry your clothes outside to reduce pollution, while also cutting your energy bill, enjoying the fresh air and extending the life of your clothes.
2. Add a little greenery
You may already know but houseplants can serve air filters. Which means not only can you step up your decor, but also freshen up the air in your home at the same time. English ivy, Spider plants and rubber plants, are some of the most efficient air-cleaning houseplants.
3. Forget the Cling Film
Save trees, cash, and landfill waste when you buy specially made, beeswax wraps! We absolutely love ours, while it protects our food it also allows it to breathe. It's slightly adhesive and flexible that it can be shaped around a food, bowls or folded to store at room temperature, fridge or freezer. Each wrap is made of certified organic cotton and hemp the infused with pure beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. We bought our Beeswax Wraps locally!
4. Swap out the Swiffer
Rather than continually buying expensive single-use mop pads, invest in a reusable mop or even use some of your old clothes that are torn or stained. No doubt you'll find good use for them for mopping up - a great alternative to replace single-use mopping pads. You can always throw them in your washing machine. Hang dry (see Tip 1) and use again and again.
5. Clearing out the clutter
We highly recommend donating gently worn items to a local charity organization to pass them on to someone else, and as mentioned in Tip 4 - turn over your torn and stained clothes to your rag collection, where they’ll replace wasteful paper towels and get a second life. When you decide to start packing up and storing your winter gear for the next season, replace the mothballs with a better-smelling, DIY version: find a lonely unpaired sock and stuff it with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and bay leaves - tie it at the end, and voila!