Now is a great time to air out our homes and do some freshening up so we can enjoy the warmer days to come. We have a few ideas to help you make the task of spring cleaning safer, more enjoyable and kinder to our Cape Cod community.
- Dispose of unwanted household items properly. Once you have “greened” your pantry of toxic products, be sure to consult your town’s website for information on recycling days for hazardous waste and electronics. While you are at it, you can do the same with expired medicines and cosmetics, which can contaminate the water supply if disposed of improperly.
- Donate, don’t dump! When you are changing over your winter wardrobe to make room for shorts and dresses, be sure to donate anything you are done with rather than putting it in the trash can. Trade paper towels for old t-shirts and towels when cleaning. Call us – we are happy to collect your unwanted clean clothing and donate it to CHAMP Homes or The Family Pantry of Cape Cod through our “Giving Heart” Program.
- Need a closet makeover once you have emptied it out? Amanda Converse of The Current Quarterly offers affordable consultations that will help you create a stylish and sustainable new wardrobe.
- Get your kids involved. Make spring cleaning a game that the whole family can take part in. Put on some music, create timed tasks for a bit of friendly competition, and ask them to go through clothes, books and toys to choose a few of each for donation. Turn trash like wrapping paper, bags, cards, toilet paper rolls and bottle caps into art projects
- Open your windows and let the fresh air come in. The average American spends over 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Did you know that some air pollutants occur at higher levels indoors than outdoors? Plus, a little fresh air will boost your mood.
- Switch to safer cleaning products. Hidden toxins are everywhere, and we absorb them through the air and our skin. These can have health impacts from asthma attacks to skin irritation to hormone disruption. Unfortunately the burden is on the consumer to understand what’s in our cleaning products – check out a reputable website like EWG.org for their Guide to Healthy Cleaning to avoid both toxins and products pretending to be “natural.”
- For a locally made option, check out The Optimist Co.!