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Spring is finally creeping in. That means time to clean, purge, and refresh. Today, I have some natural cleaning tips to help get you kick-started on your spring cleaning mission.
If you haven’t tried homemade cleaners yet Spring is a great time to give them a chance. You can create custom cleaning solutions and you will feel good knowing you are cutting down on the chemicals in your home. Especially if you have little ones and pets running around its a good idea to cut back on toxic fumes and residue whenever possible. Besides that benefit homemade cleaners are way cheaper than their store bought counterparts. Many inexpensive staples such common distilled vinegar have disinfecting and antibacterial properties. Several simple natural cleaning solution recipes are included in the tips below.
Natural Cleaning Tips (and cleaning solutions)
Make Cleaning Rags– When you sort through your drawers and closet for spring cleaning save a couple soft t-shirts. Cut them into smaller pieces to use for cleaning and polishing rags. Just run them through the washer and dryer when you wash towels and reuse.
Freshen the Air- Replace AC filters, take down vents and wash them in hot soapy water. Dust fan blades throughout the house. Make a room spray by combining 1 oz. of vodka with 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) in a fine misting spray bottle. As you finish cleaning each room give a few sprays. Besides being natural, the concentrated scents of essential oils will linger much longer than aerosol store bought sprays. I use chamomile and lavender for a relaxing effect.
Scrub Floors– A great natural cleaner for floors is equal parts ( I generally do 1 cup) Vinegar, alcohol, and water, with a teaspoon or two of dish soap. Place the solution in a spray bottle and use it for the entire floor or for spot cleaning. Add a couple drops of orange, mandarin, or lemon essential oils for an amazing clean smell. You can use this everywhere though. It’s not just for floors. Counters, the shower, and windows also benefit from this fabulous green cleaner. Use the mixture on laminate, tile, or linoleum. I do not recommend this cleaner on unsealed wood. It can be drying for those surfaces. Use it doors and door frames to wash off grimy little fingerprints. When the cleaner dries the alcohol and vinegar smell are no longer present, just a clean fresh smell.
Polish Wood– Simple olive oil is a wonderful polish for wood. Pour a little of the oil on a cloth a rub vigorously over the wood surface. Add a bit of lemon juice or lemon essential oil for a fresh citrus scent.
Clean Refrigerator– Give your fridge a deep cleaning. Take everything out, put it on the counters or in a cooler. Remove shelves and drawers. Dissolve 1 cup baking soda into 3 cups hot water. Start at the top and work your way down with a rag soaked in the baking soda solution. For stuck on messes like jelly, add a bit more baking soda directly to spot and use it as a scrub.
Clean the Dishwasher– Empty dishwasher, remove water arm, and filter basket- scrub these in the sink. Replace parts, set a shallow bowl full of vinegar on the top rack. Run a load through. Shake half a box of baking soda on the floor of the dishwasher and run another load. You should notice a big difference in how it cleans your dishes.