How to Get My Closets Clean Using Green Cleaning Methods?

By Ebony Porter, April 7, 2017, Green, Home Improvement

Welcome to Green Cleaning Solutions from Bounce Energy! In this series, we will share our best practices,  favorite tips, and homegrown cleaning recipes – all designed to keep your home clean using environmentally friendly products and methods. We’ll help you skip the gadgets and toss the harsh products by embracing cleaning practices that use items you likely have in your possession already. And you might even save money by creating your own cleaning supplies and keeping it simple!

We turn this month to the song of the season for our Green Cleaning Solutions, which entails spring cleaning. We zero in on our closets, and how to go green with one of the most important and coveted storage spaces in our homes.

From up-cycling clothing to restoring that cedar smell in your closets safely and without chemicals, we share some tips on how to start this spring with a spring in your step, and in your closet.

Simple Organization

Start by separating everything out before reorganizing and purging. This means pulling everything out of your closet, before you get started.

It goes without saying that big messes often get made before things look tidy. Place shoes in one pile, jackets in another, belts in another, and so forth.

Don’t Toss, Donate

Be sure and have a few paper grocery bags or a large box to put all your donated items into.

Consider donating professional and office attire, including high heels to a women’s organization like Dress for Success. Also consider setting aside women’s, baby’s, and children’s clothing for women’s shelters in your area.

Simple Cleaning

You’ve cleaned out your closet but it still needs cleaning. Simply use a washcloth and wipe it down with a solution of warm water and a bit of gentle soap. If you’d like to add a fragrance, opt for a few drops of an essential oil like lavender, lemon oil, or tea tree, into your bucket of water.

Sweep floors with a broom and pan and give it a gentle wipe over with your wet cloth once you’re done. This gentle cleaning should be all your closet really needs.

Recycle Cardboard Shoeboxes

If you’re a shoe collector, take time to go through your old shoes and donate the ones that aren’t suiting your style anymore. With those leftover shoe boxes that pile up, be sure to recycle them.

If you have kids, let them use the boxes to make little cities and structures with! It’s amazing what they can do with a few cardboard boxes, paint and glue. This simple activity will keep them entertained one Saturday afternoon, for free.

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Repairing Clothes

Some clothes we just can’t get rid of for nostalgic reasons, or because they’re the comfiest pair of jeans we have ever owned. And some items are hard to part with because you know they are made really well. Items made from pure fibers such as cotton, hemp, linen or silk will continue to wear in well over time, and are more durable than other synthetic materials. But don’t throw out your favorites just because there’s a few holes here and there. You don’t need to be a seamstress to fix things, either.

For holes in shirts and jeans, consider repairing them with a Japanese style of stitching called boro. Simply cut out a square of cotton larger than the hole and place it beneath the worn hole. Hold it in place with pins.

Take a large utility style sewing needle, and thread it with cotton embroidery thread. Begin sewing stitches all across the patch. The more you sew across the hole and patch, the stronger you are reinforcing those fibers to stand up to more years of wear. You can even get creative and make cross hatch marks, stars, or zig zag patterns with your thread. Or choose a color of thread that’s different from the item you are repairing. Have fun with it!

Up-Cycle Your Clothes

Cut up old jersey cotton t-shirts and use them for cleaning rags. Cashmere sweaters that have holes in them make great dusting rags, too.

For items of clothing that are far beyond repair and that you won’t wear again, yet still love the pattern or fabric, consider cutting the items up into shapes to use for making a quilt. This way your clothes live with you forever, and you can still enjoy those special fabrics.

Restoring Cedar Closets

For those of you lucky enough to have cedar wood closets, restore that natural cedar smell that repels silverfish, cockroaches and moths.

After you have wiped down the closet and shelves with a damp rag, and after it’s completely dry, take a piece of sandpaper to sand down all the wood. Use a fine grit so you don’t make the surfaces too abrasive. Sweep up the dust and wipe down once more.

Have you started your spring cleaning this year? Let us know how it’s going!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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