Don’t overlook the importance of recycled items too. Old t-shirts can be upcycled into perfect rags. Newspapers make surprisingly excellent glass cleaners. Old towels shouldn’t go into the bin, you’ll find them incredibly useful. Even old jars and containers can be pressed into service.
If you’d like to try some home-style cleaning remedies, you might even already have all the ingredients that you need for a fresh approach. There’s a new understanding of the kind of products that your grandparents might have created, with ingredients like vinegar and baking soda taking on a new importance, and essential oils, like eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender taking prime position.
When it comes to greener cleaning, little and often is key. Because you’re not using harsh chemicals, it’s important to stay on top of the tasks, and give your natural solutions the chance to do their job. Making cleaning mindful helps to take the chore out of the task.
Whether you’re decluttering or attacking a dirty surface, you can introduce a meditative twist to the task. Wiping, sweeping, folding and sorting can all be appropriate activities. Give them your full attention, commit to a job well done, and enjoy the process, along with the results.