Spring cleaning

28 Mar 2019

Blogger Nastia, from Ukraine, is always trying to find ways to make her life greener and more sustainable. For Vox, she will blog about going green in Nijmegen. In this blog: let's talk about food!

The weather is getting better and better and that always makes you want to refresh your environment. And since reorganizing is the best way to procrastinate when you don’t feel like studying, I thought I would give you guys some tips on sustainable spring cleaning on a budget.

Repurpose. Those old clothes you will never wear? Unless you can donate them, make cleaning rags out of them or even a bag for zero-waste produce shopping. There are plenty of tutorials out there, all you need is a t-shirt, 10 minutes and motivation.

Recycle. We all get sometimes too lazy to bring old electronics to a recycling point, but it is really worth it. Keep that in mind next time you’re about to toss something in the trash!

Vine-what? Did you know that vinegar has anti-bacterial properties and makes a great multi-purpose cleaner? And in my opinion it’s the best thing for cleaning glass surfaces. I would recommend diluting it with water 1:3 and adding some essential oil for fragrance. Or you can infuse it with herbs or citrus peels for a stronger scent. Just put it in a spray bottle and use it everywhere.

Bonus tip: Albert Heijn sells cleaning vinegar in big containers, but regular white vinegar is perfectly fine too!

Baking soda. I can go on and on about why it’s great in a household, but bottom line is you can use it to clean your stove, metal surfaces and even use it instead of a fabric softener.

Fix what needs fixing. If it’s a hole on a shirt, a wobbly chair, why not try fixing it instead of throwing it out? What’s more – you should take care of your belongings preventatively so that they will serve you extra long. Like washing/polishing your shoes or checking the right way to wash synthetics.

Containers. Don’t hurry too much with throwing out glass jars or cardboard boxes, you might wanna use them for organization later! Think KonMari method.

Put on some music and have fun!

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