Spring Cleaning with Happy Stan’s Recycling

By happy • March 19th, 2014

 

 

Ahhh… Spring. A season synonymous with new beginnings, renewal, and rejuvenation. After months of cold weather and dark days, we can finally start shedding those extra layers of clothing and admire the flowers beginning to bloom around the Tricities.

It’s little wonder why many people undertake Spring cleaning this time of year, as this ritual can create a sense of cleanliness and accomplishment. However, are your cleaning agents causing more damage than good? Besides just the packaging, many cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals that are extremely harmful to not only the environment, but you and your family.

When Spring Cleaning this year, challenge yourself to practicing zero-waste by donating, recycling, or repurposing old items. Here are a few tips from Happy Stan on how to adapt the green approach:  


Step 1: De-Clutter

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-Go through old clothes and toys in your home and make donation piles.

The City of Port Coquitlam’s City-Wide Garage Sale is coming up on April 26th, which is a great way to not only reduce your imprint, but also meet new people and make some money!

-Tidy up the garage. We take several types of materials for recycling including old nails, cardboard, batteries light bulbs, small appliances, and electronics.

-Put aside items that can be repurposed.

Step 2: Start scrubbing
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Citrus fruits are some of the best natural cleaners around and are a key ingredient in many homemade cleaning product recipes. Did you know that if you cut a grapefruit in half and add some salt, it will scrub the ring out of your tub and whiten your grout? Plus, you get a delicious lingering scent that is free from chemicals.

Here are Stan’s top five ingredients you need for green cleaning:

1. Vinegar – powerful disinfectant

2. Baking soda –absorbs grease, odors and is a gentle scrubber

3. Antiseptic essential oil such as tea tree or lavender

4. Hydrogen peroxide – effective alternative to bleach

5. Salt – fights mold and mildew

Try this simple recipe for cleaning everything from countertops to windows:

2 cups Water
1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
¼ cup Lemon Juice
Mix all together in a recycled plastic jug or spray bottle.

Step 3: Repurpose

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-Reasses the items you no longer need and see if there’s a way for them to be repurposed. Often a seemingly damaged product can be given a new life, you just need to get creative!

-Fabric recycling programs are hard to come by, so if you have clothes that are not appropriate for donation because they are torn or stained, why not cut them up for rags? Old flannel baby sleepers, pajamas, or t-shirts make great dusting or dish cloths.

-Have some cd racks hanging around that you’ll never use again? Try putting them in drawers in the kitchen to keep your lids organized for your food storage containers.

It’s a big job, but trust us, you’ll feel better knowing that you’re starting fresh this Spring with a clean and healthy home. If you want to learn how to make your business or apartment complex more sustainable, feel free to contact us for a custom-tailored recycling program: 604-464-0242.

 

Photo Source: Budaao, Verastic, drewsdirections

 

 

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