Spring is here and, for me, that means my apartment is due for a serious deep clean. Did you know that many store bought cleaning products include chemicals that can have acute and chronic effects on our health? I believe a tidy and clean environment is crucial for creating calmness, clarity and a comfortable, healthy living environment – so why would I want to cover it in potentially harmful substances? Switching over to natural homemade cleaning products will allow you to avoid these harsh chemicals, will be better for the environment and will save you a ton of cash too. Read below to find out how to tackle your spring cleaning – naturally!
Start by stocking up on the following natural supplies. Load up on microfiber cloths as these bad boys work wonders on their own with just a bit of water by picking up and trapping dirt – plus they are reusable!
Natural Cleaning Supplies Checklist
Salt Baking Soda
Filtered or distilled water
To clean your toilet without having to scrub, dump a cup of baking soda into the toilet and let it soak for 1-2 hours. Pour in a cup of white vinegar, leave it for 5-10 minutes and then flush.
To clean residue off a shower head, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and then secure the bag around the shower head so that the shower head is immersed in the vinegar.(I like to use a thick rubber band for this) Leave the bag on for up to 12 hours and then remove carefully and pour the vinegar down the drain.
To freshen up a stinky garbage disposal, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the disposal drain followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes then run both the water and the disposal for a few seconds. Turn disposal off, add in 1/2 lemon and then run the disposal again for 15 seconds with the water running.
On a monthly basis place a dishwasher safe bowl or container on the top shelf of the dishwasher right side up and fill it with 2 cups white vinegar. Run the dishwasher as usual with no other dishes in it. This will help remove any soap scum and will eliminate any musty orders
Windows & Mirrors
2 cups of filtered water
2 Tbsp white vinegar
10 drops essential oil of choice
Combine all ingredients into a glass spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray on surfaces and wipe using a microfibre cloth.
1 cup Baking Soda
2 cups Borax
10-15 drops essential oil (try peppermint or tea tree for a fresh scent!)
Combine all ingredients in a container and mix well, crushing up any clumps. Sprinkle evenly over the carpet. Let sit for about 30 minutes and then vacuum up!
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tsp vegetable oil
Add 1 cup of filtered water
10-15 drops essential oil
Combine ingredients into a spray bottle and mix well. Spray over surface and rub lightly into the hardwood.
Have you tried these solutions before or do have methods that you swear by? Let me know your DIY cleaning ideas in the comments below! Happy Cleaning 🙂