Natural Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is finally here! The urge to open the windows and invite the longer days, warmer weather and fresh air into your home awaits. The desire to clean away the dust and stuffiness of winter just feels natural. What’s not natural is using toxic agents to do your freshening. To help you clean and green,check out these natural spring cleaning tips…
Cleaners — Choose your cleaners carefully. Your best choices will be bio-degradable, all-natural and non-toxic but be sure to read the label. Many manufacturers are making “cleaner” cleaners but you may be surprised to find harmful ingredients lurking in the small print. Or even better, make your own: If you’ve got baking soda, vinegar, salt and liquid soap you’re in good shape to get most of your cleaning done.
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner — Try this simple recipe: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar . The vinegar kills viruses, mold, and bacteria making your homemade cleaner just as effective as any you could purchase. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to arrive at a pleasing scent. Lavender, lemon, peppermint and tea tree are some popular choices.
Scrub Cleaner for Tougher Jobs — You’ll want to make this in small doses since it can dry out when stored. Combine 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup Castile soap, 1 Tablespoon water and stir with a fork. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of vinegar and stir (don’t mind the fizzing) until it gets soft and pasty.
Homemade Dusting Spray — n a 16oz. spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons of a light olive oil, a 1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil, a 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1-3/4 cups of water. The oil will rise to the top but just shake before using, spray onto wooden surfaces and wipe with a soft cloth.
Cleaning the Yard — Save money and keep your gardens chemical-free by Composting. Using organic waste like, table scraps, fruit and vegetable scraps, shredded leaves, grass clippings, lawn & garden weeds are some of the many raw materials to make compost from. For more tips on composting: eartheasy.com, howstuffworks.com