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.
– 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!
-Vinegar and orange peel- This has been all the rage on pintrest lately. Lemon and grapefruit peel work great too!
-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.
1 3/4 c Water
1 3/4 c Vinegar
1 dropper full of Grapefruit Seed Extract or several drops of Tea Tree Oil