Spring Cleaning Natural Products

Spring Cleaning au Naturale – Healthy, Homemade Cleaning Products that Work #wellbeingwednesday

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. No, I’m not talking about a little boogie in the bedroom, I’m talking about spring cleaning! After a long, cold winter, all animals feel the biological need to clean out and prepare their coops, nests, dens and caves for the new season ahead. The fresh morning breeze, sweet smell of blossoms and chattering birds signal winter is over. It’s time to open the windows, shake out the rugs, clear out the closets, and get naked! But don’t worry; you don’t need to undress … unless cleaning in the nude is your thing. I’m referring to natural, chemical-free cleaning, some might want to use a steam cleaner from somewhere like Bissell to help with their cleaning. When it comes to cleaning, many people grab store-bought cleaners with synthetic fragrances and chemicals. These compounds are not only toxic to adults, children and pets; they also pollute our air and water. Empty plastic containers fill landfills and chemicals contaminate water sources. These toxins poison wildlife and destroy marine animals after being washed down our drains. In our homes, they can cause anything from mild irritation to asthma and can worsen spring allergy symptoms as well. Luckily, nature provides everything we need to make environmentally-friendly, safe products that clean and disinfect naturally. These homemade cleaning products are simple to make, will save you money and you probably already have most of the ingredients at home. When it comes to natural cleaning products, there are just a handful of ingredients you need in your arsenal: Vinegar, baking soda and essential oils make up the basics. Hydrogen peroxide, coarse table salt and castile soap are also great to have on hand. If you are looking for a commercial cleaning service that uses eco-friendly and natural cleaning products, check out the GREEN FACILITIES WEBSITE for more information. For now though, here are three amazing natural cleaning products you can quickly whip up, keep in your cleaning closet and use as needed.

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

This cleaner works wonders for wiping down kitchen and bathroom counters, tiled and laminate surfaces and frequently-used items such as kettles, microwaves and toasters. In a 1L bottle, mix:
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon essential oil of your choice (try lavender, lemon, rosemary, or tea tree)
Top up the bottle with hot water and shake well to dissolve ingredients. Store in your cleaning supply closet and use as needed. Shake before each use.

Window and Glass Cleaner

No need to worry about streaky windows ever again! Before commercial glass cleaners, vinegar was the go-to for clean, bright windows. I still remember my grandmother using old newspaper and vinegar to give our windows the perfect shine. Microfibre clothes work well too. To make 500 ml of window cleaner, mix:
  • 400 ml of white vinegar
  • 100 ml water
Optional, add 5 drops of tea tree or orange essential oil for a deliciously fragrant scent. Pour mixture into spray bottle and spray as needed.

Dish Detergent

For any green clean enthusiast, natural dish detergent is a must. Washing residue can remain on cutlery and crockery, and can be ingested from cups, bowls, spoons and plates. Using non-toxic dishwashing products is essential. For a home-made, natural dish detergent, mix:
  • 500 ml natural castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil
Mix ingredients until well-combined and store in a bottle with a pump nozzle. Squirt onto a wet sponge and wash dishes as normal.

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