Eco-Friendly Cleaning: How To Declutter And Minimize Waste

Guest post by Alice Robertson - Professional Home Organizer and creator of TidyHome

Eco-friendly lifestyles have become more and more popular in recent years as Americans become educated on just how much damage global warming has done to the planet. And as we move away from our old habits and look for better ways to live, our homes are taking on some changes. Gone are the days when we had to rely on one type of light bulb; now there are many different kinds that come with energy efficiency ratings and can last for years at a time, saving us money in more ways than one. When it comes to cleaning and removing clutter, there are several things you can do to make that an eco-friendly endeavor as well.

The key is to look for ways to reuse, recycle, and reduce waste. Decluttering typically involves throwing things away to minimize your belongings, but there are better ways to get your home neat and clean. Creating a plan will help you take care of larger items, such as mattresses or pieces of furniture, without causing you any stress.

Here are a few ways to clean and declutter your home and remain eco-friendly.

Clean Green

According to the experts at Home Advisor, “When people clean using products and methods that are free of toxic or unsafe materials, and that are safe for the environment and human health, it is called green cleaning.” Whether this means you go with a store-bought solution or choose to make your own cleaning supplies out of common household products, such as vinegar and baking soda, you can get the same amount of cleaning power as you would with brand-name products. Using these green methods of cleaning will not only help you do your part for the Earth, but it will also help make the air quality in your home a bit safer.


Recycling has become ever-important these days as we make an effort to keep the landfills from overflowing. In fact, landfills are one of the biggest contributors to global warming, making it crucial that we learn to reuse and recycle as much as possible. When it comes to larger items such as mattresses and appliances, it’s still possible to recycle, though it’s important to think about the process. Many recycling centers won’t take those items as-is, but they will accept them if the items are broken down already. Do some research with your local recycling center to find out what their policies are before making the trip down there.

Go Digital

When it comes to paring down your belongings, it can be helpful to think about different ways to hold onto the things you love. Music, movie, and book collections can now be digitized thanks to all the streaming services that are available to us, and photos can be stored in the cloud rather than in physical photo albums, which take up a lot of room. Look for the best ways to keep your favorite items, and let their physical forms go by donating or selling them.

Go Through Your Closets

Our closets typically hold much of the clutter in our homes, and when it’s time to clean them out, you might be surprised at how many items you find that you can get rid of. Rather than throw them away, look for local organizations that you can donate to. Children’s clothes and warm items, such as coats, are always needed at shelters. This will prevent a lot of waste and will keep your belongings from ending up in a landfill.

Eco-friendly cleaning and decluttering are great ways to keep your home looking great while protecting the planet, but it can take some planning to pull it off successfully. Changing your lifestyle might take a little time, but with some preparation and research, you can start a new routine and keep your family healthy at the same time.