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Spring cleaning isn't fun. Know what is? Pinterest!

Which is why Monday, April 8 marks the launch of the first ever Queen of Green Pin It To Win It contest!

Spring cleaning isn't awesome. Know what is? Keeping toxins out of our air, water and soil—and out of our bodies!

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By creating an inspiring and informative Green My Spring Clean board, you could plant seeds of change far and wide, motivating others to clean green this spring.

Spring cleaning isn't exciting. Know what is? Prizes!

By doing all that good, you could also win any one of the awesome #GreenSpringClean weekly door prizes, or the grand prize — a Whole House Cleaning Kit from Aspen Clean and basket of other goodies!

Ask your Green My Spring Clean questions

Not on Pinterest — don't sweat it! We'll be exploring how to Green my Spring Clean all through the month of April here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Comment now with your questions, and I pledge to answer them this month!

To get us started, Alicia Sokolowski, founder of Aspen Clean, shares her top tips for a green spring clean:

  1. Use microfibre. To get rid of germs and bacteria, focus on eliminating carriers. Microfibre cloths are more effective than cloth or paper for picking up dust, dirt and microbes. (Of course, they're petroleum based where as an old t-shirt turned rag is zero-impact, so the priority here is your call).
  2. Go fragrance free. A strong scent does not mean clean. Fragrance-free cleaners are equally effective, healthier and kinder to the Earth.
  3. Be safe. Avoid products with labels warning about hazardous ingredients (like "poison"!) or other cautions.
  4. Try homemade cleaners. Take a DIY approach to cleaners. It's easy, effective and safe.

Will you Green Your Spring Clean? Pledge to clean green by commenting now. Then spread the word by entering the #GreenSpringClean Pinterest contest!

Tovah Paglaro, Queen of Green

April 9, 2013

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Apr 15, 2015
7:15 AM

Thank you for sharing. Here is an idea from me:Odor Absorber: One of baking soda’s best-known properties is its ability to neutralize odors. Sprinkle some at the bottom of trashcan liners. For carpet odors, sprinkle baking soda over carpet and let sit for 30 minutes to overnight, then vacuum.

Greets! Cleaners Carpet Cleaning Ltd.

Apr 02, 2015
7:32 PM

I’ve been working on a ways to run my painting business “greener” and came across this post while searching for “greener ways to clean”. I like tip number 2. go fragrance free, I’ve always associated a good smelling cleaner as actually being cleaner but never really thought about the chemicals associated with the scent.

Thanks, Joe Seaborne

Feb 24, 2015
4:42 AM

I am always looking for all-natural ways to clean my home. And since it’s wintertime and it seems like my kids are always sick, I was excited to try making a healthy cleaner. While I want to keep everything clean (obviously), I wanted to avoid all of the chemicals, and find a little something to help my kids stay healthier this winter.

Lower Morden Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

Dec 19, 2013
9:06 PM

We are green clean home! It never ceases to amaze me, how well everyday household items clean.

Apr 29, 2013
2:44 PM

Most of the time, wiping up spills and drips right away saves work later, I usually have a towel hanging over my shoulder when puttering about and take care of things right there, then.

I found hot hot water in a bucket, smidge of your soap on hand, will take care of most things. I use inner gloves (for insulation) and rubber gloves to barrier, rag of your choice. If you have kids/pets around, dont use hot water method.

Also avoid fragrances, they are toxic and cause brain fog. Except natural ones, ie twigs from pine or fir, orange, lemon peels etc.

Apr 21, 2013
5:29 PM

I don’t have Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest account, I guess I’m officially green! except I do use my laptop for checking emails. I have tried adding a little lemon juice to my wash to make whites whiter and it seemed to work! Also, I tried the soap berry shells for an eco-laundry wash and that worked too! Because it comes from India I am wondering if we can use something similar here, maybe soapberries? I think the Natives used to use these berries, maybe it was for dying purposes. Any clarification would be great. I am also wondering if I can still join the contest without having any of the above accounts? Thank you for the inspiration!

Apr 20, 2013
7:50 PM

I use vinegar and water to clean the floors. And I love to watch my husband clean the dining room table by mixing a batch of lemon juice and olive oil. It works very well.

Apr 11, 2013
1:33 PM

DIY cleaners are the best when it comes to green cleaning. I’ve been working with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and a few other things. They’re easy to use and cheap to make!

Apr 09, 2013
7:32 PM

I look forward to more posts and tips!

I already only use micro fibre, vinegar, lemon and baking soda to clean. Works great, I save money and I don’t have to recycle as many plastic containers the cleaners one i .

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