Spring is here! Along with the season comes everyone’s favorite post-winter activity, spring cleaning (cue menacing music). This spring we wanted to provide some helpful hints on how to not only effectively clean your house, but provide a layout, room by room, to make your house as close to zero waste as possible.
Recycling is a must! Find out what you can recycle locally and do it. Every city’s specifications for what they can accept is different, but all of them want to collect as much as possible. If you are “on the fence” as to whether or not an item can be recycled; try to recycle it. They will sort it at their collection site and if it can’t be recycled they will dispose of it.
TIP #1 = Know your recycling symbols. The number inside the circling arrows means a lot. Most of them can be recycled through your curbside pickup, but some cannot.
For example #3 products such as medical equipment and piping are rarely recycled. We advise you to double check with your recycling provider to verify their capabilities.
Composting is a must! Designate a container and collect your extra food scraps. Many cities have programs that will take your compost materials or you can use it in your personal garden or potted plants. Not only can you compost lots of different food waste, but also paper towels, toilet paper and dryer lint are all compostable materials.
Living Room/Bed Room/Office
There is not a lot of waste generated in these rooms, but there is still some waste saving information to contemplate.
Cleaning products can be expensive and often times contain toxic ingredients. Do it yourself or DIY products are a great way to save money and make sure your family is protected from toxic chemical exposure. All you need are a few simple ingredients and you can make almost any personal care or cleaning product.
There are a plethora of recipes online, but here are a couple that I got at a zero waste workshop to get you started:
DIY All-purpose cleaner
Add ingredients to spray bottle. Add essential oils (about 20 drops) if using. Shake well. Use on hard surfaces. Great for kitchen and bathroom counters, mirrors and windows, and to disinfect toys.
DIY Laundry Detergent
Shave the soap with a cheese grater or food processor. Combine all ingredients and put in airtight container. Add 1 TBSP per load.
Tip #3 = Recycling is important in the bathroom. Be sure to recycle all empty shampoo and conditioner bottles. Also consider buying products made from already recycled materials such as recycled toilet paper or paper towels.
Let us know if you found these tips to be helpful. We would love to hear your experiences and other ways you're being part of the HoneyLove solution.
Here are additional resources to help you make your home zero waste.