5 Healthy Ways to Spring Clean
By Steve Fillmore
Spring is a time when we do some in-depth cleaning of our homes. It’s such a great feeling when the clutter and cobwebs are gone.
However, many cleaning products are full of chemicals which are often both unnecessary and toxic.
If you are looking for a healthier way to get your home in good shape this Spring without using chemical-laden cleaning products, here are some tips to get you there started.
Vinegar is by far one of the most popular non-toxic cleaners. Ask anyone who avoids chemicals what their stand-bys are and they will certainly mention vinegar. Vinegar is an acidic substance and because of this, it effectively combats everything from grease to other build-ups of all kinds. Use vinegar on a clean rag to make mirrors squeaky clean and to give a nice shine to sinks and toilet bowls. For floors that shine, mix vinegar with water and a few drops of soap and wipe with a rag.
2. Lemon Juice
Like vinegar, lemon juice works because of its acidity. Clean your cutting boards by slicing a lemon in half and rubbing it into the board, as this removes both stains and germs. If your glass shower doors appear scum-laden, wipe a lemon over them to remove the build-up.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is another cleaning substance which has no limits. It kills viruses and has deodorizing and grease-cutting capabilities. If you want to get rid of bathtub scum, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth, wipe it over the grayish scum and wipe it all away easily.
4. Tea Tree Essential Oil
There are many essential oils that are great to put into your box of cleaning supplies. One of the most popular essential oils used for cleaning is tea tree oil. This oil is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal. It is extremely strong when undiluted, so simply put a few drops into any cleaning solution, such as vinegar and water, in order to give it an extra boost.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a great cleaner and perfect for polishing as well. Olive oil lifts dirt, so it is perfect to use as wood cleaner. It will also give it a nice shine while you clean. If you want it to have an extra pleasant scent, simply add a few drops of orange or lemon essential oil and some vinegar if you like. Put this all in a spray bottle, or else dip a rag into the solution before wiping the wooden table or floors.
Spring cleaning is a perfect time to make your home feel like new – and it doesn’t take dangerous and toxic chemicals to do so! Simply use some of these tried and tested natural cleaning supplies and your home will be feeling fresh in no time.
P.S. Do you have a natural cleaning trick you swear by? Please comment below and share it! 🙂
Steve Fillmore is a 2-time cancer THRIVER! His motto in life is: Love, Laugh, Live - Love yourself first; Laugh through all the crazy times; Live for life right now! Through proper diet, exercise and mindfulness, Steve has been able to recreate his body to work with and for him.
For fun, you can find Steve either teaching a Zumba class, or creating websites for clients.
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