Spring is upon us at last! This means it’s time to tackle the thing you’ve been anticipating for months. And no, we’re not talking about a Fourteener (although that would be a worthwhile thing to do this spring!).
We’re talking about spring cleaning. As light hits the nooks and crannies of our homes a little different this time of year, we’re becoming hyper-aware of the areas we’ve neglected all winter long. But not for long!
One way to get motivated to deep clean your home is by picking up a few new household cleaners and cleaning supplies. And to protect both you, your kids and pets, and the environment, the best solution is eco-friendly, natural cleaning products. Thankfully, our eco-conscious state has plenty of natural cleaners and sustainable, plastic-free scrubbers and other supplies that will get the job done.
If you desperately need a restock, turn to these small, locally owned companies in Colorado selling a range of cleaning supplies. Some are just down the road and all of them ship straight to your doorstep!
Before you start shopping, keep these simple tips in mind. Then set aside an entire day or a weekend to give your home the love and attention it deserves!
Declutter First: Clear away the clutter so you can more easily wipe down shelves, vacuum under furniture, and get every nook and cranny. Eliminating what you no longer need will make your space look fresh and inviting — plus, you don’t need to spend time cleaning the items you don’t plan to hold onto!
Start High: Dust and dirt follows the rules of gravity, which means it’s best to start cleaning up high! Start with the fan blades, the walls and those high shelves and gradually work your way down, finishing with the floors and rugs. Pro Tip: Use a wet cloth when dusting, as dusting with a dry brush or towel simply spreads the particles!
Clean Room by Room: Tackle one room at a time (or type of room, i.e. all bathrooms or bedrooms), so you can see immediate progress! Plus, you can split up which rooms to clean over the course of several days — and reap the benefits of your hard work in those finished rooms right away.
Get Everyone Involved: You know what they say! Many hands make light work. Enlist help from your whole family to make the whole process go quicker. Little ones make great helpers! Here is a list of chores ideal for specific ages.
Create a Cleaning Schedule: After you’re done, create a cleaning schedule to keep the momentum going. And set reminders for those monthly, seasonal and annual tasks you need to do! Here’s a list of weekly, monthly, seasonal and annual cleaning you should be doing.
Fort Collins’ very own Cedar & Sage Mercantile is “dedicated to reducing single-use waste to better our community and world by providing education and sustainable home products.” They sell a variety of refillable home cleaning and personal care products, including shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothpaste, laundry soap, all-purpose cleaning spray, toilet cleaning bombs, reusable cloths and much more. Shop their household / cleaning section to get all the supplies you’ll need! Cedar & Sage offers local delivery and curbside pickup for Fort Collins area residents and shipping to anywhere in Colorado!
Greeley-based Green Earth checks all the boxes for us: their products are eco-friendly, hospital grade, children and pet friendly, and made in the U.S. Not to mention, Green Earth plants one tree for every order placed and gives back to a number of amazing NoCo organizations. Green Earth Electro-Biocide™ utilizes electroporation and Chlorine Dioxide (0.02%) as the active ingredient to electro-mechanically attack and destroy pathogens without any harmful byproducts, as opposed to traditional disinfectants that utilize harsh chemicals. Shop their selection of sanitizer and disinfectants to stock up for months and months to come — their products are meant to last a very long time!
EcoMountain Modern Living is your one-stop shop for a wide range of eco-friendly, toxin-free, sustainable home products. Although they have a brick-and-mortar location in Lone Tree, you can get all their products shipped straight to your door. EcoMountain has its very own Homemade Homecare station, where you can mix your very own natural, non-toxic cleaners, from laundry detergent to all-purpose cleaners. One of their most unique products is their Soap Nuts, a berry that grows in the Himalayas that contains Saponin, a natural surfactant that breaks the surface tension of water and penetrates fibers of clothing, lifting stains from the fabric.
Cedar & Hyde began in 2013 as a modern day mercantile in Boulder, and has since grown to include an online shop, where you can peruse their carefully curated selection, from clothing, accessories and jewelry, to home décor, cleaning supplies and household items. Their cleaning products are primarily sourced by Common Good and Redecker, two quality brands focused on eco-friendliness and sustainability.
Conscious Living Shop is a small woman-owned business in Colorado Springs passionate about animals, the environment and “living as light as possible upon Mother Earth.” They offer simple, everyday options that are eco-friendly, sustainable, fair trade and vegan-friendly. Plus, Conscious Living has bulk refill solutions for home and body products, including shampoo/conditioner, lotion, hand soap, laundry soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaners, and more. Their kitchen section has plenty of eco-friendly products, from dish washing blocks to reusable paper towels, and more!
The Conscious Merchant is all about progress over perfection. At both their Louisville and Denver locations, they are stocked with everything you need to live a clean, eco-friendly lifestyle. Their Green Cleaning Collection has plastic-free brushes and scrubbers, a dish washing block bar, a glass spray bottle and more. And if you’re able to visit their shops in person, you can fill up on all the bulk cleaning supplies you need! The Conscious Merchant also offers refills to your door, to make their products more accessible for all.
JOY FILL was created in an effort to do more good in the world. And they sure are! This Denver-based company partners with four non-profits that share their commitment to the environment, and on a quarterly basis, JOY FILL donates 1% of all profits to Outdoor Afro, Groundwork Denver, Conservation Colorado, and The Ocean Cleanup. They have a variety of refillable and sustainable household cleaners, personal care and beauty products. Their household goods section includes a wide range of products, including toilet bowl cleaner bombs, a laundry stain stick, kitchen loofahs, copper pot scrubbers, and much more. Everything can be shipped!
Zero Market exists “to create a more convenient way of living zero-waste and helping prevent and divert as much trash from the landfills as possible.” This earth-conscious shop in Denver sells a variety of eco-friendly, plastic-free products for the body and the home — including quite a few cleaning products. We love their biodegradable sponges, modular dish brush, dryer balls, pot brush, reusable mop pads, washable duster and “unpaper” towels. Their Cleaning Essentials bottle is a durable, refillable 16-ounce glass sprayer bottle with lines indicating how much of the all-natural, non-toxic ingredients to put in to create your very own natural cleaner!
Situated in the small town of Edwards, Fill & Refill is an “unpackaged store” focused on bulk products and zero waste living. And even if you don’t live up in the mountains, you can still get their products shipped straight to your door by shopping their online store. Some of our favorite cleaning supplies include washable sweeper pads, “unpaper” towels, and Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap.
What eco-conscious companies in Colorado are we missing out on? Let us know in the comments below!