Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for most of us. Cleaning is beneficial, but can also be hazardous to your health depending on what you use to clean. There are products that are eco-friendly and more natural than the harsh products that many of us regularly use. As you prepare for spring cleaning, look for ways to include green methods into the process. For example, vinegar or vinegar and water can be used for cleaning windows and many other surfaces. Baking soda added to water can also be used for cleaning and is not abrasive and will not harm your surfaces.
If you want your cleaner scented, add lemon or other oils. Spring is the time to check your smoke detectors and change the batteries if needed, rotate the mattresses, wash windows, blinds, and curtains, and get to parts of the house you rarely clean. Clean and refresh the air in your home naturally by filling it with houseplants such as English ivy or lilies. You can make your own air freshener by cutting up lemon peels, mixing them with a little baking soda, and putting the mixture into a plastic container with a lid.
You can find green products in your local store or you can make your own. There is a lot of good information on the web about how to make eco-friendly products such as window cleaner, furniture polish, all-purpose cleaner, even toilet bowl cleaner. You just need a few basic products for creating your own cleaners. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Distilled white vinegar:
- Vinegar fights grease, kills bacteria, and leaves a nice clean finish for your surface. Vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleaner. Use vinegar mixed with water on your windows and glass surfaces.
- For floors, mix vinegar and water and a few drops of peppermint or lemon oil and damp mop your hard surface floors.
- Straight vinegar can be used to clean mold and mildew.
- Mix one part baking soda, two parts vinegar and four parts water, apply with a sponge and safely clean countertops and bathroom tile
- Add baking soda to a toilet brush and scrub. Clean the outside of the toilet with straight vinegar.
- Disinfectant: You can create your own disinfectant by mixing two (2) teaspoons borax, four (4) tablespoons of vinegar, and three (3) cups hot water. Apply with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle and wipe clean.
- Add to floor cleaner mix of vinegar and water (see recipe above)
- Put on cloth and toss in your dryer instead of dryer sheet
Microfiber cleaning cloths
Spring is a great time to clean as well as de-clutter your house. Start with the kitchen and toss anything that is broken or not used. Go through your closets, donate clothes that are in good shape but that you no longer wear, throw out torn or stained items or use them for cleaning rags. If you have a lot of good used items you no longer need, consider having a yard sale. Recycle as much as possible and keep items out of the landfill.
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