Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home

How To Move Plants

Moving to a new city, state or country? This could determine if you’re able to move your plants with you.

If you’re moving locally, to a new city, or doing a DIY move across the country, then moving your plants is possible. If however, professional movers will be transporting your belongings long distance, or you’re moving internationally, you will need to find a new home for your plants.

Before you start packing your plants, take the time to understand state and federal regulations. For in state moves, this will not apply. However, for moves out of state, contact the Department of Agriculture to find out regulations for each state. This is especially important if you will be traveling through multiple states. Some of your plants might not be permitted to cross state lines. Fines are given for any plant not permitted. It is advised to leave these plants in their original state.

For plants that are permitted across state lines, you may be required to have them inspected. Allow yourself 3-4 weeks to get your plants ready for the move.

To prepare plants for a move, make sure they’re in pots that cannot get broken. Keep plants trimmed, as it makes moving them easier. Water as normal and be careful not to over water, as weather conditions when you’re on the road could affect and damage the plants. While you’re in transit, make sure plants get enough shade, daily sunlight and water when needed.

Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home

How to Downsize Before Moving

Moving home, especially long distance is a great opportunity to reduce your belongings. Before you begin packing your boxes and wrapping furniture to be moved, go through each room in your home to see what items you no longer need.

Depending on the quality of your stuff, a lot of it can be recycled. Having a garage sale, or selling your items online is a great way to reduce and recycle your belongings. If you’ll also be donating, there are many charities and donation drop offs. Some organizations can even pick up your belongings.

If your garage, attic, or basement is being used as a “storage” room, go through these areas first. They can later be used as a space to house the items that you no longer need. The process of downsizing and de-cluttering can make you feel much lighter and make your move easier. As you go through your belongings, decide what can be donated, sold at a garage sale or online, given to friends and family, or thrown away. If you’re indecisive about certain items, ask yourself: will it suit your new home? Can it be replaced? How often do you use this item? Is it valuable or hold sentimental value? Does it need repairing? Could someone enjoy it more than I do?

Taking the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of what is no longer needed, will save you time during the packing and unpacking process, and reduce your moving costs.

Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home

Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home

Cleaning your new home can be easy, cost effective and far healthier when using natural products.

Stock up on green products

You may in fact already have many of these ingredients. You can prepare and make simple cleaning products, which can be used throughout the whole house. They’ll provide natural air fresheners, and joy when cleaning.

Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar is a sanitizer, can remove hard water stains, and disintegrate clogged toilets and sink drains.

Baking soda – In addition to its many benefits, when being used as a cleaner, it can get rid of odors, especially in places such as a trash bin, or a fridge.

Salt – For hard to remove stains, salt granules are great to use, due to their abrasive qualities.
Lemon – Lemons not only have a fresh scent, they are also a natural bleach. They contain antiseptic and antibacterial elements.

Borax – For decades borax has been used to whiten laundry. It’s also an antifungal, an antiseptic and antibacterial.

Essential oils – Just the scent of essential oils adds that extra freshness to any space. In addition, they’re excellent as a disinfectant.

Tips for using your natural products

Windows – Vinegar and water, how simple can it get!
Oven – Baking soda with sprinkled water. Leave overnight, then scrub.
Toilet – Baking soda and vinegar as a toilet scrub
Bath – Borax is great for scrubbing bath tiles.

Moving green your new home