5 Easy Pieces – Green Spring Cleaning

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Make your own detergent or buy it at the store, just get your spring cleaning done with green products. Photo: Krrb.com/6444?auto=format

Make your own detergent or buy it at the store, just get your spring cleaning done with green products. Photo: Krrb.com/6444?auto=format

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

Swiffer with Style

Made of cotton, these crocheted swiffer covers are meant to be used again and again. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/traapcraftsandmore?auto=format

Made of cotton, these crocheted Swiffer covers are meant to be used again and again. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/traapcraftsandmore?auto=format

Crocheted Swiffer covers get the job done without creating continuous waste. It’s why we love these brightly colored machine-washable cleaning pads. At $2.50 a piece, you’ll save money and help the environment every time you clean your floors. For more Swiffer covers, visit Etsy.com/shop/traapcraftsandmore?auto=format.

Bleach Alternative

Disinfect your surfaces with an environmentally friendly product. Photo: Store.thelaundress.com

Disinfect your surfaces with an environmentally friendly product. Photo: Store.thelaundress.com

The whole Laundress line is a great option to cleaning with nontoxic products. Particularly notable is the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative ($15) which removes stains, deodorizes, disinfects and softens water. What’s not to love about this nonabrasive product that will keep your bathroom and your clothes clean? To see more environmentally friendly cleaning products, visit The Laundress.

Chemical-free Laundry

Soften your water without harsh chemicals. Photo: Shop.thefutureperfect.com

Soften your water without harsh chemicals. Photo: Shop.thefutureperfect.com

This bright green Ecowasbal ($37.95) made of bio-safe polypropylene plastic softens your laundry water sans detergent for up to 1,000 washes. Filled with small ceramic beads, the Ecowasbal creates ions when in contact with water much like detergent. Designed by Amsterdam-based GreenHabits, the ball is suppose to cut back 80% of the amount of detergent normally used. Save money and the environment by visiting The Future Perfect.

Dryer Balls

Reduce wrinkles, static and waste with reusable wool dryer balls. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/FondleMyFiber?auto=format

Reduce wrinkles, static and waste with reusable wool dryer balls. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/FondleMyFiber?auto=format

The slick lining on dryer sheets are particularly harmful to the environment – luckily we found a great alternative. Handmade dryer balls are an environmentally conscious replacement to dryer sheets, fabric softener and plastic PVC balls. Made of wool, these dryer balls ($6) absorb water weight, softening clothes, reducing drying time, and reducing wrinkles. To pick up a few of these reusable laundry helpers, visit Etsy.com/shop/FondleMyFiber?auto=format.

Wood Cleaner

Give your wooden floors and furniture a natual shine. Photo: Blueribbongeneralstore.net

Give your wooden floors and furniture a natual shine. Photo: Blueribbongeneralstore.net

You’ll feel confident walking barefoot after cleaning your floors with the cutely named Oak-y Dokey Green Wood Cleaner. Not just for your hardwood floors, this product ($7.95) also conditions wood furniture without the use of solvents, silicones or aerosoles. To pick up this naturally scented spray, visit Blue Ribbon General Store.

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