Natural spring cleaning

standard Natural Spring Cleaning

Spring is here and as the winter snow begins to melt, the temperatures begin to rise and the plants begin to bloom, it is the perfect time to fully clean your house to freshen it up. Spring is a great time of the year to do some deep cleaning, so when you plan your spring cleaning, it is a great time to toss out those toxic, chemical filled cleaners. Many store bought cleaners can cause serious health issues, such as cancer and reproductive problems. So this year, do yourself and your family a favor and change to natural, homemade, healthier cleaners. Making cleaners yourself is not only better for your health and the environment of your house, but are much less expensive than store bought cleaners. And who doesn’t like to save a little money, right? Well these cleaners are just pennies per use! Much more economical and much safer for your health!

When you go to the grocery store, you will need to stock up on the following:

  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • White vinegar
  • Essential oils-optional, but nice to have. Essential oils also have anti bacterial properties and smell great. Choose scents like lemon, pine, lavender or rosemary.
  • Castille soap

Here are some easy recipes for household cleaners:

Multi Purpose Cleaner
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup castille soap
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp borax
Instructions
  1. mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 4 cups of tap water.
  3. Using a funnel, pour mixture into a spray bottle.
  4. Store any extra in a jug for future use.
Natural Cleaner for Floors and Walls
 
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp castille soap
  • 25-50 drops essential oil (lemon or pine)
Instructions
  1. Mix together in bucket.
  2. Use either a rag or a mop.
  3. If using on floors, follow with a clean water mop.

Glass Cleaner
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 quart water
  • 2-3 drops castille soap
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle.
  2. Use on mirrors or glass and wipe off with newspaper (it doesn't leave lint and the ink won't come off)!
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup borax
Instructions
  1. Pour into bowl.
  2. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Scrub bowl.

Homemade Soft Scrub
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2-3 drops castille soap
  • water
Instructions
  1. Combine baking soda with enough water to make a paste.
  2. Add castille soap.
  3. Apply to enamel or porcelain surfaces.
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Scrub with a sponge that is non-abrasive.
  6. Wipe off.

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