Spring is finally here! It's time to open up the windows, let in some fresh air, and give our homes a deep clean. But did you know that many conventional cleaning products contain harmful toxins that can harm our health and the environment? At Mache, we believe that a clean home should also be a sustainable home. Here are our top tips for spring cleaning without the toxic impact:
Use natural and non-toxic cleaning products:
Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals like ammonia and bleach, which can irritate our skin and eyes, and harm the environment. Instead, opt for natural and non-toxic cleaning products that are safe for you and the planet. At Mache, we love using natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap as non-toxic, yet powerful cleaning solutions.
Open windows and breathe new energy:
Regularly flush your home with fresh outdoor air, especially while cleaning. Consider using one or both of the following basic home air-flushing techniques to quickly clear your home of stale air:
cross ventilation: open windows on opposite sides of a one-level space thereby achieving a horizontal current of air flow.
- stack ventilation: in a multi-level space, open one or more windows on the lower level and one window, preferably centrally located, on the upper level to draw air from lower level and flush it upward, as heat rises, through the upper window. This technique is especially helpful to start the day off well in the summer mornings, thereby exhausting the warm stale air that has accumulated in the home overnight.
Swap out your sponges and towels:
Did you know that conventional sponges and towels can harbor harmful bacteria and chemicals? To create a cleaner and more sustainable home, switch to natural and reusable cleaning tools, like bamboo towels and sponges. They're gentle on surfaces, easy to clean, and last longer than conventional options.
Organize and declutter with Mache:
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to declutter your home and create a more organized space. At Mache, we make it easy with our design-forward storage solutions for yoga and fitness props. Our modern and timeless designs seamlessly fit into any home, while keeping your props organized and accessible. Plus, with our eco-friendly materials, you can feel good about reducing waste and creating a sustainable home.
Detox your workspace:
Did you know that we spend more than half of our waking hours at work and over 90% of our total time indoors? Yikes. Take a minute to review where it is that you spend the majority of your indoor time and ask yourself, how can this space be enhanced by replacing plastic-based furniture, artwork and equipment with toxin-free, natural elements (think eco-materials, live plants, water features, stone sculptures, etc). Need some design guidance in curating your work space for optimal wellness? Book a virtual meeting with Brienne and tackle your most pressing design problems today, so your best self can do her best work tomorrow.
By following these simple tips, you can create a clean and sustainable home that's good for you and the planet. At Mache, we believe that small changes can make a big difference, and we're committed to supporting a more sustainable and healthier world. Happy spring cleaning!
Did you know that spring is ruled by the wood element in Traditional Chinese Medicine? Read our journal post on Balancing the Wood Element: Tips for a Healthy Spring