We challenge you to re-think your spring cleaning!

3rd May 2013 by

We’ve been noticeably chirpier with the spring season upon us and so we’ve all been discussing about ways to start anew and get set for the coming months.  Here at Otesha, we’re closing our winter box and doing a spring clean.
This time around, we challenge you to re-think your spring cleaning!  There’s many ways you can start.  We’ve come up with a list below but if you want to add anything, drop us a line and of course, tell us how it went. We’d love to hear from you.

  • Make your own cleaning products.  It may sound daunting but it’s much easier than you think.  Our ever lovely Jo wrote a blog on how to start.  Check it out here.
  • You may also need to un-clog some drains.  Here are some helpful tips for a more natural way to clean drains. cleaningThrow away those chemicals; they go straight to our water supply.
  • Start by checking out our new and improved “3-Rs” at the bottom of our Fun Action Ideas page.
  • Instead of dropping any unused items and clothing in the bin, drop them to a charity of your choice or consider posting them on freecycle.  One’s rubbish could be someone else’s treasure.
  • Take a look at your air filters – they often need washing to keep things moving.
  • Use the sun to dry your clothes outdoors. On those very *few* days of rain, don’t forget to keep the dryer filter clean.  It makes it more efficient.
  • If you’ve got a garden and are tending and cleaning, consider growing heirloom varieties to help to preserve biodiversity.  And rather than using toxic pesticides, use natural pest control.
  • As the weather is warming (and hopefully the sun is still shining), consider walking or cycling instead of driving. Or, choose the bus/train.
  • Consider removing your shoes upon entering your home.  It’s amazing how much dirt you track through the house and when you take your shoes off it means less cleaning!
  • Adjust your curtains as the days warm up – open them in the early morning and after the sun goes down.
  • It’s difficult to make your large appliances eco-friendly but you can do things to help them be more efficient.

    Fridges and freezers are designed to cool and keep things cool this isn’t want things want to do natural, heat moves into areas of low heat so they are fighting against nature. Keeping your space about 2/3 full in both fridge and freeze means they have less to do as heat moves between the foods, and maximize the efforts of the fridge/freezer.

Do you have more tips for us? Let us know!

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