There’s something about warmer weather that just motivates people to throw open their doors and windows, scrub down all of the surfaces that may have gone untouched during the colder months, replace the flannel bend linens with a fresh, light-weight set of cool sheets, and basically kiss winter goodbye.

Of course, in this part of the country, many people also avoid opening their doors and windows until pollen season is over, and the yellow cloud of dust has settled and been washed away by the late-spring showers.

Whenever you decide to do your “spring” cleaning, here a few tips to help you get the results you want while also keeping the environment in mind:

  • Ditch the chemicals– Instead of using cleaning supplies that use harsh and potentially toxic chemicals, do a little research and see what kind of magic you can achieve with items like distilled white vinegar and baking soda. If you miss the smell of the cleaners you currently use, you might want to check into some essential oils you can get at any health food store. You might be surprised how a little aromatherapy can help enhance your moods.
  • Just say no to paper towels– Since paper towels are so biodegradable, many people don’t consider the environmental impact they have on our forest lands. Even though they are convenient to use and then just throw away, consider using reusable towels that can be washed and used again instead. You can even recycle worn-out clothing by using an old t-shirt or socks with holes in them for a cleaning cloth.
  • Hang it up– Using your clothes dryer during the warmer months not only unnecessarily uses electricity, it can heat up the inside of your home, putting an extra strain on your air conditioning system. String a line up in your back yard instead, or get a free-standing dryer rack to let your clothes dry naturally.

Bay Disposal & Recycling knows how little things can create a big impact. That can go either way for the environment, so look for ways to make positive changes in everything you do.