Holiday gatherings are undeniably fun, but the mess left behind afterward can be quite intimidating. Unless a professional cleaning crew is on standby to tackle the disarray, you will find these eco-friendly holiday cleaning tips to be invaluable.
Recycle Unwanted Gifts and Leftover Wrapping Goods
Avoid extra clutter during cleanup by going ahead and setting aside unwanted gifts to be returned or donated to someone in need as a form of organic recycling. Concerning dealing with cards and other wrapping materials, here are some environmentally friendly ideas.
- Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags: Resist tossing these in the fireplace, as they can emit toxic fumes. Consider folding reusable paper for later use.
- Holiday Cards: Unless they are sentimental, consider recycling those without glitter or adornments not conducive to recycling. Such cards might serve well as art project additions.
- Ribbons and Bows: Many can be reused for gifts throughout the year or donated to a group that enjoys crafting.
- Gift Boxes: Consider keeping foldable boxes for future use, but definitely recycle what you don’t need.
- Polystyrene Packing Peanuts: An unfortunate result of packed and shipped gifts, these materials can be taken to private shipping stores or reused for personal mailing needs.
Holiday Tree Removal
Getting rid of the holiday tree before doing any deep cleaning can save hassles and help streamline the process. Most communities offer a free pick-up or drop-off recycling service for un-flocked trees, and some often offer mulch in return for trees. Taking advantage of this perk keeps one less tree out of landfills.
Prep Cleaning Solutions With Non-Toxic Compounds
Avoid harsh chemicals with a variety of basic ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Just these four compounds can create effective floor and counter cleaners, sink scrubs, glass cleaners and dusting sprays. Simply using a soft, microfiber cloth dampened with water can get a good deal of cleaning done. Tackle deeper jobs with scrubs from salt and baking soda for most counters, sinks and deodorizing as they rinse down the drain. Add a bit of citrus to liquid solutions for a fresh, uplifting scent.
Don’t overwhelm the home with harsh chemicals to obtain cleanliness, just utilize these easy post-party cleaning tips.