Posted by Trevor Smith on May 27th, 2013
Written by: Alison Mey, Marketing Intern
The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom, and every day seems more beautiful than the last. Summer is a great time of year filled with relaxation and family bonding. So naturally, the cottage comes to mind right away.
While we all love spending time at the cottage, we don’t love the initial clean up involved. The cottage has been closed for probably 6 months, and has built up a full sheet of dust and grime an inch thick. So it’s time to get the family to band together and battle against the mess.
But let’s keep in mind that this is the cottage life, in the middle of the beautiful wilderness. So in keeping with this mindset, we need to stay green. Here are our tips to green cottage cleaning:
Stay away from harmful chemicals
This means not using products that are hard on your skin, or on the environment. Products that include SLS, PEG, and artificial colours and fragrances are always a bad idea. These ingredients cause skin irritation and dryness. We want to enjoy our time at the cottage, not have irritations!
Buy in bulk
This is an easy one, because it’s easy on the environment, as well as on your wallet. By buying in bulk your reducing your waste, your trips to the dump, and your trips into town to buy more cleaning supplies. Now who wouldn’t want to save on time and money while saving the environment?
Buy local or online
By buying local, you are making sure that your product wasn’t made in a third-world country then flown to you. This is harmful on the environment, and often times full of harmful ingredients. In the same category, buying online can be efficient and effective. It is easy to research about the companies you are buying from when you’re buying online, making it easy to check ingredients, and company policies. Then the product is delivered right to your door, what could be easier! Both options ensure that you are buying from a reputable source that cares about the environment. Of course for buying online, you must make sure to do your research before randomly clicking on any and all sites.
Enjoy your time at the cottage, but make sure to preserve the environment that you are in. Our goal is to leave that natural landscape as pure and clean as when we first got there. By following our easy tips you can have fun at the lake, have a clean cottage, as well as staying green!