Even if you’re not the squeakiest, cleanest of people, you know that when March hits, it’s time to get out the mop and give your house/flat/panda den a nice spring clean.
It’s probably a good idea to do it now, given that things should (hopefully) be returning to normal fairly soon, and you’ve got a lot of life to catch up on. So, while you’re sitting at home, you may as well grab a cloth.
What’s the best way to make sure you’re sprucing up your space sustainably? We’re assuming you want to find out, because that’s why you’re here, right? Scroll down and have a look at some top tips from your fave bamboo brand.
If not, and you don’t fancy cleaning at all, here’s a livestream of Edinburgh Zoo’s Panda Cam.
Either way, you’re welcome.
Tip 1 – Lemon is your best friend
Ah, lovely lemon. Sour, vibrant and the perfect accompaniment to a cold glass of gin and tonic. But before you go grabbing the bottle, it’s time to clean first. You have to earn your treats.
Lemon can be used, often alongside baking powder/soda, to scour the bottom of your pots and pans and to clean stains from containers. You can also use cut lemons to sanitise surfaces like chopping boards as they also have antibacterial and antiseptic qualities – plus, they smell so fresh and so clean.
You can squeeze a lot out of these little citrus sensations, and whatever’s left can go straight into your compost bin – meaning there’s little to no waste and little cost.
We love you, lemons! (and limes, but not as much)
Tip 2 – Declutter your clobber
Old clothes? Things you don’t use anymore? Give ‘em to charity.
You don’t need that old Jurassic Park tee you’ve worn once to that 90s party four years ago. Give it to someone who actually needs it.
There are a bunch of charities that will pick up bags of old clothes, used toys and electronics to give to people who will make great use of them.
It’s free, plus it means you can fill your wardrobe with NEW things. Like this panda tee.
Tip 3 - Invest in Eco cleaning products
You’re gonna need some kind of product to help you get rid of stubborn stains, dust and spilled sauce, sometimes lemons aren’t going to cut it.
But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for your bog-standard surface cleanser or wipe, you can go eco and save the planet while you scrub.
A lot of your favourite, well-known brands use toxic chemicals, because they help shift stains easily. Luckily, there are a lot of clever people out there (like us) who have made non-toxic, natural sprays and cleaners that not only leave your spaces spotless, but also don’t cause allergies or asthma. You’re also reducing your impact on the planet, too.
Think about taking a look at brands like smol or Wilton, or consider our all-natural bamboo Anti-Bacterial Wipes and forgive us for the shameless plug of our own products.
Tip 4 – Go GREEN
You know what the air in your front room needs? A helping hand from some floral friends.
This isn’t a typical ‘spring clean’, but you don’t want to neglect the air you breathe every day. Plants are amazing at cleaning air around you by removing toxins lingering in your home (no offence, everyone has toxins in their home, we’re not being rude, promise).
Not only do they cleanse the air, but plants also pump out glorious oxygen for us to breathe and you know, stay alive from.
Not only only that, but plants also make your house look like a green paradise. Peace Lilies, Ficus, Devil’s Ivy and Aloe plants are a few of the best for air purification. So go ahead and make your jungle massive.
Tip 5 – Ditch the sponges
Sponges end up at landfill sites because once they’re dirty and used, they’re easy to chuck away and grab a new one.
A more sustainable solution is microfibre cloths – these do just as good of a job at cleaning but can be washed and reused up to 30 times before having to be thrown out.
If you have a look around too, you can find eco-friendly cloths that can be washed up to 300 times before having to be thrown out. So, it’s basically a cloth you can pass down to your children as a family cleaning heirloom.
So go forth, dear reader, and make your home sparkle with sustainability.
Team Cheeky Panda x