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Recyclebank’s Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips For A Less Wasteful March

By Recyclebank |

From tidying up to deep cleaning, we’ve got all the ways you can cut your waste this spring.

With spring around the corner, spring cleaning is, too. Filling up bag after bag with old junk and used paper towels is a chore, but it’s also hard to beat the feeling you get when all those garbage bags are finally out on the street. After all, they’re a sure sign your home is good as new!

This year, we’re excited to get rid of even more — while creating less waste. And whether you’re focused on getting organized or just want all your household surfaces to sparkle, you can create less trash along the way, too. Here are our favorite easy spring cleaning tips to help you green the way you clean out and clean up!


CLEANING OUT

Is de-cluttering your major spring cleaning goal? If so, you’re in luck! Make a big difference by tackling just a few key things. Here are 5 to-dos with green solutions:


1. Overhaul your closets. If you’re among the many cleaning out their closets this spring, you can upcycle or donate all of that old clothing (and linens). Or, you can even host a clothing swap in your community to find a new home for your old clothes, and gain a few new pieces for yourself.

Read More: The List: 4 Spring Cleaning Purges (And What to Do with the Cast-Offs)


2. Narrow down your library. Are there a few too many books taking up space in your home? Consider recycling them (if they’re accepted by your hauler), upcycling them into cool décor, donating them to schools or neighborhood libraries, or hosting a book swap the same way you’d host a clothing swap.

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3. Get rid of outdated technology. Still have shelves and boxes full of CDs or VHS tapes? It might be time to surrender to technology and let them go. Like books, there are ways to donate or recycle them, BUT, you can also sell them and put that money towards the technology you’re replacing them with.

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Electronics


4. Crack down on kitchen cabinet clutter. Maybe the kitchen is the real clutter culprit in your home, and it’s time to retire those old mugs, plates, pots, pans, or utensils. If this is the case, you can reuse some of these kitchen items to organize your closet, like turning teacups, saucers, and cheese graters into jewelry holders. Killing two birds with one stone? #lifehack

Read More: Proper Green: 5 Kitchen Items to Reuse in Your Closet


5. Reassess bathroom storage. Are your bathroom cabinets overstuffed to the point of causing an avalanche each time you grab your toothbrush (or does that only happen in movies)? Even if they’re not, there might be some items — like old cold medicine and expired prescriptions — lurking in there that can and should be tossed during your quest to de-clutter. Don’t toss them in the trash, though: Once emptied, many of those medicine
bottles
can go right in the recycling bin.

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Meds?


CLEANING UP

Once all that clutter is gone, you’ll finally be able to see your house… and just how much dirt and dust has accumulated everywhere. Here are some tips for a deep clean that ditches the disposable tools and harmful chemicals often found in household cleaning arsenals:


6. Spring for sponges and reusable cloths instead of paper towels. Not only do sponges and cloths save on waste, they are more likely to stand up to a tougher scrubbing than paper towels will.

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7. Reach for reusable dusting cloths vs. disposable ones. Cloths and dusters made of microfiber are very effective at trapping in dust, even when dry, and can be machine-washed and reused over and over again for all of your dusting needs. Looking for another way to double up on your waste-reducing spring cleaning efforts? You can upcycle some old shirts from your closet purge into dusting cloths!

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8. Opt for multipurpose cleaners. One solution to clean it all. There are many diluted cleaning solutions out there that can be mixed with water and used for dishes and windows and tile floors, reducing the amount of cleaning supplies you need and even cutting the clutter in your cleaning closet!

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Arsenal


9. Choose green cleaning products to avoid harmful waste. Cleaning products that use toxic chemicals could be considered household hazardous waste, which means they can contaminate other recyclables if not disposed of correctly.

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10. Recycle green cleaning products and packaging. If you decide to choose green cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals, you’ll still end up with an empty bottle at some point, so be sure to recycle it with the rest of your plastic recycling.

Read More: Recycling Q & A: Cleaning Products

How will you make your house shine this spring? Share your own cleaning tips in the comments below!

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  • TheConnoisseurOfClean-com C. 7 days ago
    Buy refillable bottles, too, as some products come in concentrate form. Also, if you have a cleaner you don't like, be sure to donate it to someone who can use it.
  • erica m. 7 days ago
    Refill squirt bottles with diy cleaning solutions.
  • Debra B. 1 month ago
    I have a VHS player upstairs to use with my flat screen TV and a small TV downstairs with a VHS player built in. I have grandsons that are 10 and 6 months at this time and more to come? I have so many awesome Disney , holiday, and other movies for them as well as Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and some classics that are mine. We love to watch them and so I don't see any reason to buy them all again in DVD form! I learned growing up from my grandparents and still practice " If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and if it is always try to fix before replacing!" I also still listen to tapes, C.D's and yes have many vinyl records that we jam out to!
  • Donna C. 1 month ago
    I still use my tapes and cd's. Heck I still have some old vinyl I listen to!
    • lisa p. 1 month ago
      There have been some excellent articles about why you should always save your hard copy formats of music. Sometimes when you sign up for a streaming service where your music is stored "in the cloud," in order to save space some services go thru your existing library on YOUR own hard drive and delete what it misreads as multiple copies such as rare live versions or original recordings from back in the day and replaces them with re-records or they just outright delete stuff. Many of our friends uploaded all their CDs to the 'Cloud" and then gave us all the "useless" CDs only to comne running back to us to beg us to borrow back the CDs that had songs wiped from their hard drives. CDS are not yet an outdated technology and neither are LPs on Vinyl. I bought a Crossley writer stacked deck that has a turntable and cassette player along with a CD player that can burn LPs & cassettes straight to CD without a computer hookup and while not cheap, it has enriched my life by allowing me to listen to classical music my Grandfather bought in the 1930s through 70s on LP on CD with good quality. Continuing to USE something keeps it out of the trash, so it's sort of like upcycling, I guess.
  • Linda S. 1 month ago
    I disagree with getting rid of outdated technology. It has special meaning to me and I would not get rid of it just because technology has changed. It isn't taking up that much space. If it was an old desktop computer or TV then yes I would but not my cd's or cassette tapes. No way.
    • erica m. 1 month ago
      exactly. Not going to buy yet more stuff (it would be duplicates of music, movies) just to keep up with tech. Why not use what we enjoy, especially if it avoids making more trash. Also, old tech is fun for kids to try and learn about, very important for STEM learning.
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