Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home

With the warmer weather arriving, this is the time of year when many homeowners engage in spring cleaning. However, to properly remove the dust, debris, and unwanted materials from your home requires the use of safe cleaning products, recycling, and a plan to get it done.

Here are some of the best tips and tricks to prepare for spring cleaning, the safest products to use, and the most eco-friendly way to recycle and rid your home of trash.

Create a Checklist

Before you begin, walk around your home, and write down all the places that need to be cleaned up. A checklist will help you get organized, understand which products to purchase, and help ensure that you do not miss any areas when you embark on your cleaning efforts. You can clean your home faster when you do the tasks in the proper order to reduce your cleaning time.

  • Remove All Trash
  • Recycle Unwanted Items
  • Organize Remaining Items
  • Dust & Clean Tables, Appliances, & Countertops
  • Clean Windows
  • Vacuum & Clean the Floors

You clean less when you remove what is not needed in your home. By working from the top down, you can clean your home more efficiently without having to go back and clean again.

Use Safe Cleaning Products

You will want to purchase cleaning products that have no harsh chemicals or create them using natural sources. A few of the better cleaning products you can purchase include the following.

  • Safely Universal Cleaner: Coconut oil and mineral salt.
  • Supernatural Starter Set: Glass spray bottles and essential oils.
  • AspenClean SuperScrub: Plant-based ingredients.
  • Blueland Concentrated Cleaner Kit: All natural ingredients.

If you want to create your own cleaning products, start with the basics such as vinegar and water mixed in spray bottles. Rubbing alcohol can be mixed with vinegar and distilled water which can clean windows. Baking soda is not only inexpensive, but highly effective at removing odors and cleaning carpets. You can mix in essential oils such as lavender to give your home a pleasing scent.

Helpful Tips

Here are a few tips that will help you clean your home even faster and more efficiently.

  • Check & Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Put All Items Not Regularly Used into Storage
  • Power Wash Home Exterior
  • Throw Away All Old & Expired Products

The process is to declutter first, then store items not regularly used so you can create more space, then start cleaning. Be sure to clean from the top to the bottom which means ceiling and walls first, followed by furniture and windows, then the floors.

Proper spring cleaning starts with planning. Using safe cleaning products and proper recycling will leave your home free of unwanted pollutants and help the environment too!

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

How to Properly Recycle When Spring Cleaning

 


Spring cleaning is the time of year when you remove all the unwanted materials from your home. It is an annual house cleaning that coincides with the warming temperatures where people open their windows and let the fresh air in. But how can you combine spring cleaning with recycling to get the best of both worlds?

Instead of simply bagging up the trash and letting unwanted items pile up in closets and storage areas, you can employ a recycling system in your home. The result protects the environment and makes cleaning the home during the spring less taxing.

What Can Be Recycled?

There are many items around your home that can be recycled. The first step is locating all nearby recycling centers. Then take the items when ready and earn a little profit when you turn them in. 

  • Aluminum
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Paper 
  • Plastics 
  • Steel & More 

You can rinse out and crush the cans so they can be put into large bags for recycling. Cardboard boxes if strong enough make for good moving boxes. But for those that are torn, thin, or compromised simply fold them up for storage until you take them to the recycling plant. 

Rinse out glass containers. However, you can leave the labels on since they will be removed by the recycling process. Store paper items such as magazines, newspapers, telephone books, and the like in smaller boxes or bags so they are easy to carry. 

Rinsing and crushing plastic bottles for storage saves space and doesn’t attract insects. Certain metals such as steel, copper, and those used in electronic items can be recycled as well. Find recycling centers that accept metal and electric devices after your home cleaning session. 

How Can You Employ Reusable Items?

You can cut down on waste and make your next spring cleaning far less taxing by relying more on reusable items. 

Rags, Sponges, & Towels: Instead of using paper towels, rely more on reusable items such as rags, sponges, and towels for cleanup. You can use a simple homemade cleaner such as one-part vinegar to seven parts water for quick cleaning while not filling up the trash with paper towels. 

Reusable Batteries: Disposable batteries can become quite expensive. Instead, purchase reusable batteries with a charger to save money over the long run. It also means less to throw out during spring cleaning. 

Reusable Bags: Instead of collecting or throwing away plastic bags, rely on reusable bags when you shop. They will hold up more, last far longer, and are washable so they can be reused repeatedly. 

Compost: For both food and yard waste, you can instead put more nutrients into the ground for your lawn or garden by learning to compost. This form of recycling can do wonders for your landscape or garden when properly employed. 

When you plan for your next spring cleaning, be sure to make a quick note of what recycling opportunities are available. Your next house cleaning can include recycling unwanted materials and purchasing goods that can be recycled or have a long life in your home.


Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.