Spring Cleaning the Natural Way
Money-saving DIY cleaning product recipes for a healthy home.
Natural alternatives for every-day cleaners that are healthier and cheaper too!
We all like to give our homes a good ‘once over’ in the spring, but using astringent cleaners may not be the best option for those who want to create a healthy indoor environment. You see, modern cleaners are packed with chemicals that can negatively affect your family and pets.
From the EPA: “Our TEAM Study found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas.”
According to the CCOHS, when indoor air quality is poor, occupants may suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Hypersensitivity and allergies
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
Long-term exposure can lead to a wide range of afflictions and permanent damage to your health. Cutting chemicals from your cleaning routine will improve your indoor air quality. Here are some natural alternatives for every-day cleaners that are healthier and cheaper too!
Window Cleaner: Mix 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on the windows and wipe down with a soft, dry cloth.
Oven Cleaner: Take ½ cup of baking soda and add enough water to make a paste. Coat the inside of the oven and leave it for a few hours. Wipe it down with a wet cloth. This paste works well for cleaning grout between bathroom tiles too; use a small brush to scrub it into the grout to remove stubborn stains. Wipe with a wet cloth.
Wood Polish: Mix together the juice from one lemon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of water. Buff into wood surfaces with a soft, dry cloth.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix ¼ cup of borax or baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar (be careful—it foams!) and pour it into the toilet bowl. Use your toilet brush to spread it all over the inside of the bowl. Leave it for 15 minutes, then scrub it and flush.
Drain Cleaner: Pour ½ cup of baking soda down your drain twice a month to keep it clean. When a blockage occurs, pour down ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. Leave for 15 minutes then follow with boiling water. Repeat if necessary.
All-purpose Cleaner: Mix 1 cup of water, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 10 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle. Use this to wipe down counters, to clean your bathroom and for floors too. Lavender oil is a natural, kid-friendly anti-bacterial.
DIY Air Fresheners: Air fresheners don’t freshen the air. In fact, they only add more chemicals that reduce the quality of your indoor air. Even if they are labelled as ‘natural’, most contain allergens and chemicals known to cause cancer.
Use baking soda to eliminate odors in your garbage can, on furniture and carpeting. Simply sprinkle it, leave it for 15 minutes, then vacuum it up.
Make your own air freshener by mixing ¾ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of vodka, 4 drops of tea tree oil and 6 drops of lemon essential oil.
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