Green Team Spring Cleaning Tips
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Green Team Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is almost here and some of us may be tackling some spring cleaning soon. Memphis Zoo Green Team is here to help with ways to get your household in cleaning mode.

Involve the whole family 

Shop your home before buying new, use up what you have at home. 

Declutter and donate unwanted items

Open the windows and let in fresh air

Line dry your clothes 

Use reusable cloths and tools - cut up rags from worn-out clothing - and ditch those paper towels 

Recycle responsibly 

Use green household cleaners

 

Here are some everyday products you can use to clean that are better for your health, budget and most importantly the environment. You probably already have some of these items in your pantry or fridge.

Vinegar is the strongest of all the items you’ll see listed here. It can help eliminate mildew, odors, stains and grease.

Lemon juice can help tone down the smell of the vinegar and other natural cleaners. The acidity in lemons is also a great tool to get rid of bacteria.

Baking soda is another tool to have in your cleaning arsenal. Baking soda combined with other products on this list can clean, eliminate odors and soften water.

Castile Soap is a great alternative for laundry detergent and dish soap. It’s made with olive oil, water and lye.

Essential Oils are a great added touch you can give your homemade cleaners for a fresh scent.

 

MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANING SOLUTIONS

multipurpose cleaner (works great on windows) 

1 cup vinegar

1 cup water

essential oils of your choosing

 

DIY drain cleaner

pour 1/2 cup baking soda down drain followed by 1 cup vinegar 

wait 10 minutes

pour down 8 cups hot water 

 

Multipurpose heavy-duty cleaner

1 cup water 

1 cup vinegar 

1 Tbsp dish soap