Do Your Green Spring Cleaning with Reusable Cleaning Tools

GMN-Carnival-Button-150Welcome to the March 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Spring Cleaning!

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month the carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean–naturally.

Spring is in the air (I say as snow flutters delicately to the ground outside my window)! As the flowers bloom (er, think about it), the sun begins to wake from its nap behind the dreary snow clouds (or at least starts to stir), and we are rejuvenated by the prelude to summer, it comes time to roll up our sleeves, pull out our cleaning supplies, and get to deep cleaning our homes.

If you are health conscious and doing your best to be a good steward of the planet that God has blessed us with, then precisely what you use to perform your spring cleaning is important. Which makes this post and those submitted by the other participating bloggers (find links to them all towards the bottom of this post) important to you.

Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals. That’s all you’ll find down most cleaning aisles in most stores. I personally prefer homemade cleaning solutions because that way you know exactly what’s going into them. But, in my post, I’m not going to show my homemade cleaning recipes neither am I going to recommend my favorite green cleanser brands.

Rather, I’m going to focus on what you clean with–the tools that do the scrubbing and wiping. So let’s begin, shall we?

  1. Unpaper towels. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Unpaper towels are AWESOME! They come in super cute patterns nowadays and can even have snaps so that you can connect them together, roll them up, and display them on your paper towel holder. They’re also super easy to make. They’re thicker and more durable. One unpaper towel will easily do the same amount of cleaning as probably 20 paper towels.
  2. Sponges and brushes. I have recently become quite fond of Full Circle because they sell biodegradable sponges and brushes. Their walnut scrubber sponges are made out of, well, walnuts! Once you’re done, toss them in the compost bin or bury them outside and they biodegrade. Full Circle also have several scrub brushes and a variety of other biodegradable products that make cleaning greener.
  3. Broom. Even an eco-friendly broom can be used. Made with a bamboo handle and biodegradable bristles (such as corn bristles), this kind of broom is easily tossed into the compost bin when it wears out beyond its cleaning usability.
  4. Mop. My favorite kind of mop to use is the Libman mop. I love how I can fill it with my own homemade cleanser and I love that I can use washable cloths. To save money, I don’t even buy the Libman microfiber cloths–I buy cheap dish cloths at the dollar store, cut them to size (one cloth makes two or three mop cloths), and use those. That makes them super affordable, easily washable, very reusable, and totally recyclable (or compostable) when they finally wear out.
  5. Trash can liners. Even the greenest lifestyle will have wasted trash in one form or another–it’s just an unfortunate result of today’s society. A trash can liner is one of those things that people think is impossible to go green on. But thanks to green-blooded (wait, that’s a Vulcan; I mean green-minded) people, there is a wide variety of biodegradable trash can liners, including super cute, fun ones like those sold by Designer Liners.

So there you have it. That’s my 2 cents on the matter of reusable cleaning tools. And I’m sure that’s not all there is–certainly there are more solutions that I didn’t think of or never heard of. So, tell me:

What reusable cleaning tools do you use in your home?

Happy green cleaning!

Hop On

Visit Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival! Please take some time to enjoy the other participating posts below.



  1. My husband and I were both cloth diapered as children, and we STILL have our old cloth diapers that we use as rags….30 years later! Another reason we will be cloth diapering our little man: Mama could use more rags :)

  2. I totally use unpaper towels too! I have a ton of microfiber cloths as well that I have mixed feelings about. On one hand, I can clean with water and they pick everything up so I’m reducing my use of cleaners. On the other hand, they aren’t biodegradable, so they’ll eventually end up in a landfill. I guess I’ll use them until I can’t use them anymore and then switch back to natural fibers.

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