Finding green solutions in every situation can be hard, but for moving your community can make it easy if you know where to look and know what to do. Follow these guidelines for moving responsibly for the new tenant in your old place, for your community and most importantly for your environment.
Sorting through your things can be liberating but more importantly, it gives you a chance to give your unwanted items and become a treasure for another needy individual. Check out your local charity or donation centers.
Electronic Recycling, or eCycling, is a wonderful and easy chance at moving green. According to the EPA, over 100 million pounds are recovered and reused every year from eCycling. Doing this reduces the manufacturer’s needs for making new parts and products. For more information on eCycling, visit their site.
Once you are moved out, cleaning out the nooks and crannies can be annoying, but just knowing that doing it responsibly can be rewarding enough in itself. Using homemade vinegar based products and solutions can provide you with incredible cleaning power and is safe for the homeowner. Also, mixing in Grapefruit Seed Extract can help in making a solution even stronger.
Your moving company is prohibited by law from shipping hazardous materials such as paint, drain cleaner, batteries, antifreeze, gasoline, motor oil, pool chemicals, rodent spray, etc., so you will need to dispose of these materials in a safe manner. Call the local collection facility to find out what the requirements are for proper disposal.
Finally, if cleaning your house after a long moving day doesn’t sound that fun, you can always hire a green cleaning service to give your house a final cleaning. There are plenty of green cleaning services there to be of service.
Moving is overwhelming, we empathize with you on that but since we are here to help you with this process, we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible into your new home. Cleaning is a whole other story that we do not like to get involved in. Even though we do not provide any type of cleaning service, we will provide tips on cleaning products and quick easy tips to help your house look spickety span.
When cleaning mirrors or windows, use coffee filters because they do not leave any cotton residue on the surface.
The kitchen sink can harbor more bacteria that the floor of your bathroom. Stick to natural cleaning products, we suggest a vinegar based solution.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and is also awesome for scrubbing and unclogging drains.
To make a homemade furniture polish, we suggest mixing about ½ cup of olive oil and 1 cup lemon juice.
Speaking of furniture, if you find candle wax hardened on any surface, use a hairdryer to melt it and wipe any excess wax off the surface.
To get that unwanted pet hair off clothes, bed linens and other pet covered areas, mix a teaspoon of fabric softener with water in a spray bottle to create an anti static solution.
A good rule of thumb to abide by when cleaning is to remember not to use any harsh chemicals on any surface or anything you eat from. When cleaning the microwave, we suggest using white vinegar as a natural solvent. How to get off baked on foods we suggest using plain old, baking soda.
Lemon, baking soda, and vinegar are all inexpensive gentle cleaning solutions and will keep your home smelling and looking fresh and will not take a toll on your bank account.
However, there are many cleaning solutions that cannot be made at home to get the best and cleanest results. For those, we recommend 7th Generation products as well as Shaklee’s products.