Spring Cleaning Raves and Saves

When pollen is no longer visible on outdoor surfaces, open all your doors and windows and let the spring breeze in. Not only does your indoor air quality improve instantly, it clears odors too.

You can detox the body, you can clear household clutter, and you can also get on hands and knees and scrub the whole house from head to toe. One of the most satisfying ways to get spring clean is by reducing your toxic load via toxic cleaning products. Not only will replacing them with all natural ones simplify things instantly, it also saves money.

Start with the best!

Hydrogen Peroxide: is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency as a natural sanitizer. It also kills salmonella which is why keeping a spray bottle of H2O2 in the kitchen comes in mighty handy. Give things a mist in all areas that are likely cross-contaminated after food preparation like dials and knobs on appliances, cabinetry, utensils and sinks. Hear the sizzle and you know it’s working.

Variations:

– H2O2 makes a great air freshener and odor eater too.

– Spray floors with it just before steam moping.

-The slight bleaching effect makes H2O2 a safer approach to brightening all whites (laundry and teeth included).

White Vinegar: may just be the most classic household staple of them all. I keep a glass bottle of equal parts white vinegar and filtered water (capped with one of those pour spouts used for liquor bottles) on my counter at all times. Douse cutting boards and counters with it when cleaning up after dinner. Poach eggs with it too!

Variations:

-Vinegar and orange peel- This has been all the rage on pintrest lately. Lemon and grapefruit peel work great too!

Bring 4 cups of white vinegar to a boil and then pour directly over fresh orange, lemon, or grapefruit peels. Steep for 2 weeks in a glass container. Dilute with equal parts filtered water and use on floors and surfaces to clean.

-Add a ¼ cup of vinegar/water to your rinse cycle in lieu of dryer sheets to prevent static cling.

-Use as an all purpose produce wash! Just douse with vinegar/water solution and rinse. Leave on organic berries for a minute or so to prevent mold.

Boosting the Basics

Tea Tree Oil: a broad spectrum fungicide often used to treat acne is also amazing at killing mold in carpets and in bathrooms. Combine a dropper-full with a few drops of dish soap and add to 6 ounces of vinegar/water solution. Shake well and use everywhere.

Grapefruit Seed Extract: this powerful anti-microbial often used orally to treat candida, is an odorless way to kill household mold and mildew too.  Add five to ten drops to 6 ounces of vinegar/ water solution.  Adding it to an air humidifier can help clear the air of air borne mold.

All-Purpose Cleaner
1 3/4 c Water
1 3/4 c Vinegar

1 dropper full of Grapefruit Seed Extract or several drops of Tea Tree Oil

When scrubbing soap scum in an enclosed area like the shower, the smell of fresh lemon is a delightful upgrade to the smell of noxious chemicals. Simply cut a lemon in half and dip it cut side down into baking soda. Great for removing water spots and stains on cookware too.
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2 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning Raves and Saves

  1. you mentioned spraying the for w/hydrogen peroxide b4 using your steam mop and I was wondering if you ever spray the floor w/vinegar b4 using your steam mop? Also what do you spray your wood floors w/before mopping?

    1. I absolutely use vinegar when cleaning floors! This is great for wood floors that are not waxed. If they are waxed try diluting vinegar/water solution even mover (1 part vinegar, 3 parts water). Straight vinegar may strip wax. Try a test area first. The orange peel vinegar would be even better!

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