Updated: Jun 25, 2021
30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge - the final day!
I'm passionate about non-toxic living, so...
As a nod to upcoming Earth Day (April 22) and my last career as an outdoor environmental educator, for the grand finale I chose cleaning products and an Earth Day party!
(Details for the party are below).
Open Space, Easy Pace
The space opened up once unnecessary and unused products are cleared away can be amazing! And it's sooo much easier and more inspiring to clean...
When I help clients organize cleaning products they usually let go of at least 20 cleaning products - and they go to the local hazardous waste facility, not just a trash can.
Most store-bought cleaning products are unnecessary hazardous chemicals, and can cause health problems when used long-term. Why expose ourselves, our pets and our loved ones to chemicals when we don't have to?
Steps for Clearing & Organizing Cleaning Products
Here are the steps I use with clients to clear away unnecessary cleaning products and supplies:
I use the floor for this so I can spread out
Gather ALL cleaning products together (sprays, soaps, chemicals, etc).
Gather ALL cleaning supplies together (rags, mops, old sponges, Swiffers, etc).
Separate into clear categories.
Examples: carpet cleaning products, all purpose cleaners, rags, dish soap.
Choose your favorites - the ones you'll ACTUALLY use and like.
Choose what to do with unwanted items (donate, hazardous waste center, trash, etc)
4. CREATE HOMES
See the list and photos below of what I keep under each sink in my house.
Make homes as visually pleasing as possible so you'll keep it up!
Choose homes that make it as easy as possible to use and put away items.
Use containers to delineate the homes whenever possible.
Wipe down/vaccuum the space and dirty containers.
5. TELL EVERYONE
If you have others in your house...
Show them each home
And ask them to put things away if they use them
6. FINISH THE JOB
Leave the space in a way your Future Self (and others in your home) will appreciate.
Take out the trash
Find and go to the hazardous waste facility
Put donation items in your car and take them where they need to go
Look around and clear out any last bits that don't need to be there
Move Toward Non-toxic
My husband and I use almost all non-toxic cleaners. When I moved in with him he had a lot of cleaning products, but, as often is the case, I found he hardly used any of them.
So we've cleared out...and now we have so much more room under our sinks and have the added bonus of not having to worry when friends' curious kids come over!
Here's what I have for cleaning products:
Baking soda (for gentle scrubbing)
Olive oil (for stainless steel)
White vinegar (50/50 with water for counters and general cleaning)
Castille soap (sometimes a few drops mixed with the vinegar/water blend)
Oxygenated cleaner (for tough stains)
Bleach (for VERY occasional cleaning of kitchen scrub brushes and white laundry)
Here's what I have in my house for cleaning supplies:
Sponges with a scrubby side
Pumice stones (for toilet stains)
Under every sink
In my house I keep these under every sink:
Spray bottle with 50/50 vinegar and water with a few drops of essential oils
Earth Day Cleaning Party
Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day) at 7:00 pm
Please join me for my online H2o cleaning party! The amazing Allison Gilman will be the guide and I'm SO EXCITED! We'll talk organizing and non-toxic living :)
After a lifetime of avoiding conventional cleaning supplies, I've found a company I can actually get behind: H2o at Home. They understand how cleaning can be done with mostly water and good supplies.
I'll be getting some cleaning products and supplies myself and would love to share this learning experience with friends...
Thank you for being a part of this Spring Cleaning Challenge! It's been fun sharing tips and ideas with you, and I've loved hearing back about your ideas, challenges and experiences!
Please keep sharing, keep organizing, and remember I'm here for help and support any time - there's no need to struggle alone. We're all in this together!
If you haven't joined the TidyWild Facebook group yet, I would LOVE to see you there! It's a wonderful, supportive community!