Spring Cleaning: Why not try it naturally this year?

It’s that time of year again when many homeowners start to clean things up around the home.  With the weather finally reflecting what spring is supposed to be like, it’s a great time to open up the windows and doors, air out the house and get some spring cleaning done.

If you decide to make this years spring cleaning a deep clean, why not consider freshening up your home naturally.  Meaning, using products that won’t harm your family or the environment. Simple, natural products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, soap, water, and a bit of elbow grease will cover most of your cleaning needs.

Check out these simple ideas for spring cleaning your home the natural way.

In the Kitchen:

  • If you have a vase or glass that is too narrow to clean by hand, throw in some rice and white vinegar, cover the top with your hand and shake vigorously
  •  Get rid of stains on your countertops by letting lemon juice sit on them for a few minutes, then scrub the area with baking soda and wipe with a damp cloth

Bathroom Tips:

  • To clean your glass shower door, apply pure lemon juice to the glass, spray it with warm water and wipe it off with a clean cloth
  • For black mold, combine salt, vinegar and liquid dish detergent. Apply it with a toothbrush, let it set for a couple of hours, and then wipe it with a clean cloth

Laundry Room Basics:

  • Vinegar is a natural fabric softener. Add half a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle for soft, static-free clothes
  •  Need a natural stain fighter? Mix 6 tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of warm water and apply to stains before washing

All-Purpose Ideas:

  • For an all-purpose cleaning spray, combine baking soda with white vinegar, a few drops of antibacterial tea tree oil, and water. Shake it up in a spray bottle
  • Use baking soda to control odours around your home. Sprinkle some in the garbage can before you insert the liner, keep a box where you store shoes and sports gear, and of course, it works wonders in the fridge

If you’re looking for more ideas or would like to find out about other eco-friendly cleaning products you can use for spring cleaning, your local natural health store is a great resource.  I always get great insight from the staff at Grassroots on the Danforth .  Or if you have any great ideas and tips that you use at home – let me know, I’d be happy to share them here!

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