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No detail is too small, especially when it comes to cleaning. This idea can be applied to every area of hospitality, but today we are specifically referring to spring cleaning. When you think about spring cleaning, de-cluttering comes to mind, but have you thought about the cleaning products you use? Sustainable living starts with our daily routine, so let’s pay attention to how we can reduce our impact while doing daily chores and cleaning at work or home.


Cleaning products can contain harmful chemicals that end up polluting our soil and waterways. Below are some eco- and wallet-friendly substitutes for commercial cleaning products that do the job and are appropriate for office, hotel properties and even your home.



  1. Use baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to clean silver items

Baking soda is a great cleaning product that is readily available and is quite inexpensive. When cleaning, add three parts of bicarb to one part with water and mix it, creating a paste. You can use this paste for any silver item. Once finished, rinse with water and wipe with a dry cloth.


  1. The microwave-lemon trick

Squeeze some lemon juice into a microwaveable bowl and cook for three minutes in the microwave. Afterwards, leave it to stand for approximately five minutes, then open the door and wipe out the microwave using a dry cloth. The microwave grime will come right off! If lemon juice is cost-prohibitive, vinegar works just as well!


  1. Dabble in vinegar

Speaking of which, vinegar can have multiple uses for cleaning. It works well to remove grease in the kitchen, and clears up cloudy deposits on wine glasses, and to clean mold and mildew in bathrooms. It even works well to works well to freshen up leather products – dab using a dry cloth and gently brush on. Here are more uses and recipes for vinegar as a cleaning product!


  1. Environmental friendly cleansers:

If using chemical or commercial cleansers inform yourself about ingredients and packaging. Check the ecolabel and be sure to read more on criteria to evaluate green supplies.


There are many ways to make a positive impact on our environment. While it can be intimidating to “go green“ in every part of our lives, every small step can make a big difference.


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3 Apps for a Sustainable Lifestyle

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Sustainable Lifestyle sustapps02The path to sustainability is a hard one, with many bumps and detours along the way. Here are three free apps that reminds, challenges, and guides you in living a sustainable lifestyle.


Sometimes, the biggest challenge in going green is remembering to do so. How many times have you forgotten to bring your reusable bag to the market or say no to that straw at the restaurant? This is where Rippl comes in. Developed by the Ocean Conservancy and Invoke, Rippl can send you daily reminders as well as a green tip every week. By using Rippl, users also help researchers by providing data to analyse collective impact in reducing trash. (Photo:

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JouleBug is an interactive app that help you develop sustainable daily habits by earning pins, points and badges for actions as simple as turning the lights off when you leave a room, taking short showers or using a reusable bottle. The app is very easy to use and comes with videos that can help you complete challenges. You can even have a healthy competition with your friends and share your accomplishments on Facebook(Photo:

Sustainable Lifestyle joulebug

Seafood Watch

Living sustainably means eating sustainably too. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app helps us make food choices that are healthy for ourselves and the world’s oceans – 80 percent of which are over-exploited. By using this app, we can be sure that the seafood we are eating are not endangered and have been sourced sustainably. Seafood Watch provides you with a colour-coded seafood guide – green (best choice), yellow (good alternative), or red (avoid). It can even use your phone’s GPS to provide you with a guide that is specific to where you are. (Photo:

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