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SHOP TALK: Going Green Spring Cleaning Tips
by Ashley Fritsche
Welcome back to Shop Talk here at The Featherweight Shop! We love our local chit chat with staff, gathering around the dinette table so-to-speak (because that is what we have!) and sharing with one another. In these segments, we exchange patterns, recipes, organizational ideas, history quips, gardening tips, crafty projects, and smiles about learning an old-fashioned way of doing things. Shop Talk is the fun tidbits of news!
Spring is in full swing, and we are enjoying this lovely change of weather! Having said that, starting our spring cleaning this year comes with its own set of challenges. Nationwide, there has been a huge paper shortage, which impacts some of our daily routines! Today, we are looking at Going Green with Spring Cleaning! There are many ways of cutting down on paper usage, while still accomplishing everything that we want. Let's take a look at some Green Cleaning Tips for today's Shop Talk!
1. Microfiber Cloths
Ditch the paper towels and pick up some microfiber cloths! We use these for pretty much everything in our household. They get used for wiping down counters, cleaning dishes, stoves, windows, and more. Anything that we were previously using a paper towel for, we are now using the microfiber cloth. Let me tell you, it cleans so much better! Not all microfiber cloths are the same. We actually do have a brand preference, because the mass-produced ones at the store have the stickiest, oddest texture and in our opinion, do not work nearly as well. Our preference is the Norwex Envirocloth. They are very soft to touch with no ticky-tackyness, but absorb and clean like nothing we have ever experienced. You can order direct from the company or through a local distributor. We even use these cloths to dust our machines. BONUS: Norwex only needs water, so no chemical use at The Featherweight Shop!
You can use the microfiber Norwex Envirocloth dry for light dusting or just barely damp for a light surface clean. Just be sure to immediately follow with a dry cloth, or Norwex window cloth so that no moisture is left on your machine.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of those products that is a "fix all" for so many things! I remember being a littler girl, playing in front of my house, and watching my mom dash a handful of baking soda on oil stains on the drive way. The list is unlimited on what Baking Soda can be used to clean: sinks, refrigerator, microwave, and more!
3. Castille Soap
Castille Soap is another one of the completely natural, multi-purpose products that is great to have on hand. It can be used for dish detergent, face wash, shampoo, laundry detergent and more!