The dank melancholy of winter has finally given way to the dazzling effervescence of springtime. It is time to enliven your spirits and freshen up your home with some heavy duty cleaning and scouring. Whether it is manicuring your lawns to immaculate perfection, scrubbing your floors for dust accumulated during winter hibernation or removing the foul mildew from the dark corners of your basement, Spring cleaning is not only an annual maintenance ritual. It is also a great way of preparing your house for the countless summer get-togethers that you are likely to host in the near future.
Why green cleaning products?
Did you know that most of the household cleaning products and solutions available in the market nowadays are actually harsh cocktails of toxic chemicals? They not only have a major adverse effect on your health but also negatively impact the environment as a whole! Commonly used bathroom and floor cleaning products such as bleach and ammonia are actually quite toxic. In fact, they contribute to polluting the air inside your home. Apart from inhaling the poisonous fumes, your body absorbs these harsh compounds via your skin and the water you drink.
There is a rising awareness about the potential health hazards of such toxic cleaning products. More people nowadays are switching to ‘green cleaning’ methods and practices. Green cleaning employs the use of natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and essential oils that you can easily find in your kitchen cabinet. Here we have compiled a list of few tips that will help you spring clean your home in an Eco-friendly manner.
Cleaning your bathroom fixtures
This heavy duty toilet scrub that also takes care of deodorizing the surroundings. Prepare a solution of vinegar (1 cup) and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (tea tree or lemon grass) and spray on your toilet seats, showers, faucets and bath tub. Let it sit for a while. Rinse with warm water and wipe away to a sparkling clean surface. Alternatively, you can also use a mixture of baking soda with some liquid castile soap.Use this to scrub and clean your bathroom surfaces.
Deep cleansing for kitchen counter tops
Your kitchen countertops are exposed to heavy duty use on a regular basis. It is a good idea to give it a proper scrubbing every once in a while. Vinegar and water mixture is an effective green cleaning solution for synthetic worktops. However, its acidity might be harmful to your natural granite or marble worktops. For such organic surfaces, you’ll want to use rubbing alcohol or vodka as a non-toxic alternative to artificial surface cleaners. Also, you can combine ½ cup baking soda, ½ tsp hydrogen peroxide and 1 tsp castile soap. This is an effective disinfectant solution for your floors.
Microfiber for disinfecting your rooms
Instead of using expensive cleaning solutions for your floors and cabinets, consider giving disinfectant microfiber dusters and mops a try. Microfiber cleaning tools are able to provide effective germ removal by penetrating hard to reach areas. They are really helpful in cleaning up your floors and other surfaces with simple water.
Polishing your living room furniture
A great way of cleaning the dust off your wooden furniture items is by spraying on a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water with a few drops of olive oil or lemon grass oil. Dab your cleaning cloth into the mixture and wipe off the dust from the wooden surfaces. This will leave them clean and glossy.
Cleaning your bedrooms
It is important to get rid of the dust in your bedroom to avoid sleeping among dust mites and allergens. This can lead to a series of respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. Open up your windows and allow natural light to enter and naturally disinfect your room of germs and allergens in your mattresses. Wash all your pillowcases, bed sheets and blankets with a natural laundry detergent made of 1 bar grated glycerin soap, 1 cup washing soda, ½ cup citric acid, ½ cup baking soda, and ¼ cup coarse salt. Many essential oils can be added to this recipe. Try 1/2 tsp of one of the following: tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint or lavender. This will leave your sheets smelling wonderful.
Natural freshener for your rooms
Switch your harmful aerosol room and air fresheners with a natural solution. Fill a spray bottle with 1/4 vodka or rubbing alcohol and a teaspoon of your favorite essential oil. Fill the bottle with water and shake. Use it to spritz your rooms leaving a delightful freshness and masking all foul odors indoors.
Follow these simple spring cleaning tips and keep your home sparkling, while also doing your bit in conserving the environment around you.