Turning a New Leaf
When it was finally cool enough here on the East Coast to turn off the air conditioner, my heart was frankly aflutter. Fresh air! Sunshine! Crisp autumnal breezes! What could be more welcoming after a sticky, humid summer? Well, the layer of grime and pollen that had accumulated on my window panes and sills was not exactly welcoming. Suddenly, my desire to bring the outdoors in was overridden by a need to somehow get it, and all its residual friends, back out.
Clichés tell us that spring is the time for cleaning, and while it's true that warmer temperatures are a great incentive to rid your home of stale winter air the opposite is also true: soon it will be time to close up and turn in, and you'll want that air to be as spring-like as possible for as long as possible. Cleaning all around your house is of course best done regularly, regardless of the season. But, if you need some calendar-specific incentive--or are looking for some new methods and products to make where you live a haven for good health rather than a bacteria breeding-ground--fall is a great time to get back into good cleaning habits that won't dirty the planet.
Several wonderful, sustainability-minded companies make it easy to swap out some of your go-to products for more natural solutions. Click to see which ones made the list.
Photo: Rachel Titiriga