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Green Your Clean this Spring

Green Your Clean this Spring

Throwing the windows open on the first warm day of the year is one of life's simple pleasures--until, of course, all of the sunlight makes you realize how dusty, dirty, and cluttered your house has become during the cold winter months. So now that spring is near, it is the perfect time to attack the dirt and prepare your home for upcoming Easter gatherings and neighborhood cook-outs. But with growing environmental concerns, a lot of us worry about the best way to clean house without using harsh chemicals and being wasteful. To help you easily clean the green way, follow these three principles for a spotless and healthy household this spring.

1. De-clutter!
The first step to fighting messes and keeping your home spic-and-span is getting rid of all that stuff you never use. Go through all the places where it accumulates such as closets, junk drawers, out-of-reach shelves, attics, basements and any other place where you're inclined to toss stuff. A good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used the item, nor even thought about it, in the last 2 years, then it is time to let it go. If it is usable, donate it to a local charity such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. If it is not in decent condition, then toss it out - always recycle if possible. Items that can be easily recycled include newspapers, magazines, glass bottles, glass jars, plastic bottles and food packaging, and cardboard boxes. If you are trying to get rid of old electronics such as cell phones, computers and VCRs, search online for the closest electronics recycling company that can take your junk and keep it out of the landfill. BI-LO recycles your used plastic shopping bags, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles – look for our recycling bins at the entrance of all of our stores for your convenience.

2. Use green household cleaners.

For a natural cleaning experience, use household cleaners that are plant-based, fragrance-free, biodegradable, and that are packaged in environmentally sustainable materials. And to support humane practices, use products that are not tested on animals.
At BI-LO, you can find Green Works® cleaning supplies which meet these attributes. Whether you are looking for an all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, or bathroom spray, Green Works® has a natural cleaner to meet your needs. And for quick clean-ups, their natural cleaning wipes are great to keep on hand, and you can throw them in the compost bin when you are done!

And when you must use paper towels, used ones that are made from recycled materials such as Scott® Naturals™ towels. These are made from 60% recycled fibers, but are still just as strong and absorbent as conventional paper towels.

When it comes to air quality, it is a no-brainer that the fewer chemicals inhaled, the better. That’s why Pure Citrus air freshener is a great choice – it’s 100% citrus oil essence without aerosols. And it smells good too!

3. Grow fresh air indoors.
Due to changes in our lifestyle and society over the last century, we now spend as much as 90% of our lives indoors. This increased exposure to indoor air pollution has been directly linked to national increases in allergic reactions as well as other illnesses and fatigue. So now that we’re thinking about spring and cleaning our homes, don’t forget about the quality of the air you are breathing indoors!

Surprisingly, something as simple as you indoor houseplants can safely, naturally and effectively clean the air you breathe by recycling the air in your home. Research from NASA has proven that specific varieties of indoor plants remove harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the air around them. As a result, these studies conducted by NASA and later by other groups proved not only the ability of indoor plants to clean the air, but also proved that some plants are more effective at this process than others. Houseplants that are particularly powerful at cleaning indoor air include ferns, palms, peace lilies, orchids, and golden pothos. Even better, all of these plants can be found in the floral department at your neighborhood BI-LO!

I hope these tips help you create a green, clean, & healthy atmosphere in your home this spring! As always, email me at if you have any questions about healthy living.

- Monica



Printed on August 21, 2014 at 4:13 am