Spring Cleaning with Natural and Homemade Cleaners
The sun is shining and unfortunately the grime on the windows reminds me that if I want to see the outside it is time to do some window washing. Once I start with the windows the whole spring cleaning fever starts.
I love when we can finally open the windows and let the fresh air in. Getting rid of dust from all the nooks and crannies, washing anything washable and dusting couches may not be the most fun but the end of the day when I can sit down with a cup of tea and take in the newly polished furniture and dust free air, it makes me feel good.
I like using cleaning products that are not only safe for my family but also for the environment. There are known carcinogens, hormone disruptors and substances that contribute to asthma and lung inflammation contained in the most popular household productsWhen buying cleaners please check the labels for any harmful chemicals like: phosphates, triclosan, SLS. For the full list of toxic ingredients commonly found in household cleaners check out David Suzuki’s website http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/the-dirt-on-toxic-chemicals-in-household-cleaning-products/
For every day cleaning of sinks or the stove, I use baking soda. Any other surfaces like tiles or windows, the vinegar and water solution works very well. It is all very basic.
Glass Cleaner – ¼ cup of vinegar, 4 cups of water, 1 tsp of lemon EO. Add to spray bottle and shake well before use.
Stovetop Cleaner – 1/3 cup of baking soda, enough water to create a paste, 5 drops of lemon essential oil, 5 drops of rosemary essential oil.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner – ¼ cup of baking soda, 1 cup of vinegar, 20 drops of tea tree essential oil. Pour around sides of bowl and let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub and flush.
- Here you can find all the uses for baking soda, vinegar and lemon: cleaning with household items
- For nice smelling spray cleaner (my favorite is lavender and sage!) check this post.
- How to clean with lemons
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Happy Spring cleaning!