With spring around the corner, days are beginning to get longer as daylights savings begins and winter hibernation comes to an end. Because we have all this extra daylight, all that dust and dirt in our homes have become increasingly more noticeable. Therefore, it is time to let the time-honored ritual of spring cleaning commence. Obviously, cleaning is not everyone’s favorite activity, but with these five green tips, spring cleaning will be a breeze, causing your home to sparkle in no time!
- Create a green window wash
In order to get those windows spotless inside and out, fill a spray bottle with a DIY wash made of a vinegar and water mixture. You can also add a couple drops of lemon essential oil as well as a cup of household cleaner. Using this eco-friendly concoction rather than a commercial cleaner will give those glass windows and mirrors a smudge-free shine. Once you spray these surfaces liberally, wipe them clean with newspapers or a lint-free cloth to avoid streaking.
- Disinfect your bathroom with a homemade germ-killer
Instead of sterilizing your entire bathroom with bleach, concoct your own homemade, chemical-free cleaner. Mixing 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap, and 20-30 drops of tea tree essential oil can get that grime out in no time. To get rid of tub and shower mildew, use white vinegar, let it set for about 30 minutes, and then rinse it with warm water. When scrubbing and deodorizing your toilet, combine 1/4 cup of vinegar, about 10 drops of tea tree oil, and 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl.
- Use a natural polish to make your furniture shine
When cleaning wooden furniture, try mixing olive oil and lemon juice to create a simple and natural polish. After spraying this onto the wood, use a wool dusting cloth or even a soft cotton rag. Another wood cleaner you can put to use is 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar mixed with warm water. Because olive oil can make surfaces slippery, it is probably a safe idea to not use these polishes on your wooden floor.
- Make an essential oil oven cleaner
Cleaning an oven can be a stressful and smelly chore, especially when one is using a corrosive cleaner. So, try concocting this inexpensive natural oven cleaner into a bowl: liquid soap, baking soda, white vinegar, and drops of essential oil (any scent of your choice). Once you have created this paste-like mixture, take out the oven racks and spread this all over the entire oven with a pastry brush. Let this sit for about 6-8 hours, enabling the grime to lift off of the oven surface. Finally, scrub all of the residue away with a sponge and water.
- Concoct your own natural air fresheners
Many commercial air fresheners contain harmful chemicals. Therefore, there are very simple DIY air freshener recipes to create that will make your house stay unharmed, smell fresh, and keep you from spending money on oil diffusers and candles. In a small stockpot, you can create a lemon-rosemary simmer, letting it sit out for at least 2 days. One can also make a lemon-basil spray or DIY baking soda air freshener.
By adhering to these helpful green spring cleaning tips, your home will be free of harmful chemicals and look spotless all around.