by Anne B.
Happy Spring, Ramblers! I know it’s officially been Spring since March 20th, but there’s something about April that just makes everything seem so much more like Spring. The end of the semester is coming up, the layers of jackets are slowly coming off, and my motivation to keep working on all those New Year’s resolutions is coming back stronger than ever. As exciting as April is, though, it is also very, very busy time with all the final exams, assignments, social events, birthdays (there are a lot of April babies, me included), and everything in between. One thing that keeps me calm during all this chaos is Sping cleaning, mentally and in the house!
Since Bailey already covered Spring mental decluttering on Monday’s blog, I will be covering the Spring cleaning at home with some eco-friendly DIY’s and other recommendations!
DIY Green Air Freshener
Many of the commercial air freshener are extremely toxic to the environment and even humans. Find out more on the toxicity here. A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a DIY freshener (I don’t remember the account, but if I find it, I’ll update this). Their DIY air freshener was a little more complicated than what I wanted, so I simplified it a bit!
Your Favorite Essential Oil (s)
Spray Bottle (I reused an empty 100 mL spray bottle I had)
Yup, that’s it! Fill your spray bottle almost to the top with water and then add a couple drops of whatever essential oil you chose. I added about 5 drops lavender and 5 drops eucalyptus. If your spray bottle is bigger or you want a stronger smell, you can add more drops. If you have a smaller bottle or don’t want too strong of a smell, then use fewer drops! You can always put in some drops, shake the bottle and spray some of the mix to see if it suits you. If it’s not strong enough, add more drops; if it’s too strong, dilute the spray with more water!
DIY Dish Soap
Did you know that many liquid dish soaps actually have a lot harmful chemicals for both the environment and humans? I actually learned the other day that Dawn (think little duck from the oil spill Dawn) uses petroleum in their liquid dish soap. THE IRONY. I was pretty shocked to learn about that so I decided to look at some DIY dish soaps!
Here is my favorite one that I found: DIY Dish Soap from Live Simply
If you want to skip the DIY part and buy some natural dish soaps, some good brands are Seventh Generation and Nature Clean.
DIY Cleaning Wipes
Cleaning wipes can be so convenient and efficient. I always used to have a container of wipes until I realized how wasteful they are. The wipes aren’t always biodegradable, the chemicals can be toxic, and there’s just a lot of plastic and trash that surrounds cleaning wipes.
So, here is a lovely DIY for cleaning wipes that uses cloth wipes! You can even cut up some old clothes, socks, underwear, etc and use those as the wipes! You can find the DIY here.
Eco-friendly Cat Litter
I mentioned in yesterday’s podcast that cat litter with clay is very harmful to the environment. If you want to learn more about why certain cat litters aren’t eco-friendly, check out this article. There are a few DIY cat litters out there, but I honestly don’t have the time or resources (ie free newspapers) to make cat litter for Chester. So, here are my top two eco-friendly cat litters that I have found and tested (for at least one month)!
The first one is Pretty Litter, which is a green litter that even monitors your cat’s health! The litter will change colors when your cat pees depending on your cat’s health. If you are in the US, the company will send you a bag of litter every month with free shipping!! The litter really does last a month and is very good at eliminating odors for that whole time. I really liked this litter, but sadly they do not have free shipping to Canada which makes it way too expensive for me.
Since I had to find a cheaper litter, I went to Google and looked at all the possibilities that were around me or had free shipping. I found World’s Best Cat Litter, which is actually a Texan company, but they sell their litter in Canadian stores, like Canadian Tire, and they sell on Amazon Prime. Their litter is made from corn and other natural, nontoxic materials, so it is eco-friendly. The brand also donates a lot of litter to cat shelters. Their litter has been really good at odor control, not too much tracking (although more than pretty litter), and it’s even flush-able for most septic and sewer systems!
Alright, that’s all I have for you Ramblers! I hope you have a productive and fun Spring cleaning! Let me know your thoughts on these DIYs and recommendations.
Happy April and Ramble On!