As you shake off the thaw of winter, and barrel straight on through Michigan’s muddy season, there comes a time where you have to roll up your sleeves, break out the buckets, and get to work on the six months of accumulated crud from winter. Spring Cleaning is as therapeutic as it is a ritual. It’s a necessary part of facing the summer and welcoming in the better part of the new year. However, in these heady days of climate change and rising temperature, taking care of the environment is as crucial as taking care of your environment. Not to mention, as a true Michigander, preserving this beautiful peninsula is paramount to our way of life. Thankfully, especially for citizens of Saline, and the wider Ann Arbor area, there are some great ways to make sure you get your cleaning done in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.
Traditional cleaning products are usually as toxic as they are effective. Whether you wash them down the drain, or toss them in the garbage, they end up back in the earth, poisoning our environment. However, there are alternatives that are as effective on grime as they are kinder to the earth. On top of that, they can mostly be put together with cheap household items, so they’re kind to your wallet as well.
- Two tablespoons Borax
- Four tablespoons vinegar
- 3 cups water
- ¼ teaspoon natural soap
- ¼ Cup vinegar
- ½ teaspoon natural liquid soap
- 2 cups water
Easy Oven Cleaner
- 2 cups hot water
- 1 tablespoon organic dish soap
- 1 teaspoon Borax
These are just of a few of the recipes you can use to replace common household
cleaners and bring that natural shine to your home. There are loads more, however. Almost every household cleaner you can think of has a natural alternative. So, you can clean to your heart’s content with an easy mind that the only thing you’re damaging is grease.
Make Haste with Your Waste
One of the biggest problems that arise when getting your spring cleaning done is all the junk that seems to accumulate. It seems every spring you throw out piles of stuff, just to throw out even bigger piles the year after. This can come with its own unique set of problems. A lot of that stuff will end up in a landfill, never decomposing so that future generations can dig up our trash and see exactly what you cooked in that microwave you threw out in March. On top of that, many of the “rules” around recycling aren’t widely known. Putting the wrong thing in the recycling box is as bad as throwing it in a landfill. Luckily, Saline and Ann Arbor have lots of options and resources for you to make the most out of recycling.
The city of Saline offers weekly curbside pick up for recyclables. This includes:
- Paper Products
- Cardboard pieces that are 2’ x 2’ or smaller
- Plastic Containers. These need to be empty, clean, and rinsed out.
- Metal. This includes aluminum foil, pots and pans, and aluminum cans, though these all need to be clean and rinsed before they go to the curb.
- Glass. Jugs, bottles, jars, all need to be cleaned and rinsed.
- Cartons. Milk cartons, juice, cartons, and aseptic containers, all need to be clean and rinsed.
Donate What You Can’t Recycle
The Saline Goodwill Store accepts donations of gently used clothing, furniture, and textiles. If you want to check that they’ll take what you have, you can call them at (734)-429-2789. If The Saline Goodwill is full, or a bit too far away for you, The Salvation Army store in Ann Arbor will take it. Give them a call at (866)448-3866. For other products that you might not be able to dispose of in Saline, check out this Ann Arbor Site, which will tell you exactly where you can toss it safely.
Of course, if you have too much junk to sort through yourself or simply don’t have the time to rummage through it, it might be best to call a professional. While there are lots of junk removal companies, not all dispose of your junk in an environmentally friendly way. Some waste removal companies, take 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Ann Arbor for example, who make it their mission to do their job in an environmentally friendly way. Although located in Ann Arbor, they service the Saline area.
The sad fact is, not enough people take protecting the environment seriously. Luckily, now enough people care so that resources are readily available. They may not be as pervasive as they should be, and some might not go far enough to make the kind of difference the planet really needs. However, if enough people like you keep doing everything you can to reduce the waste we produce, maybe we can make a difference. Especially here in Saline.