The Green Spring Clean

Why not try a healthier approach to your next Spring clean?

 Less toxic chemicals for the environment and less money sounds good to me. So instead of replacing your old school cleaning products with new eco-friendly trendy brands, why not create your own natural cleaning kit. Some stuff is more expensive but overall it'll cost you and the planet a lot less.

The basic supplies you’ll need to make your own green cleaners include:

Distilled white vinegar Baking soda Olive oil Borax Liquid castile soap Essential oils Microfibre cleaning cloths Newspaper

Here are a few basic 'recipes' and techniques to get you started which I found on this blog.

Glass: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with old newspaper or a lint-free cloth.

Countertops and bathroom tiles: Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, scour, and wipe away.

Floors: Mix 4 cups of white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. If desired, add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil for a pleasant scent. After damp mopping the floors, the smell of vinegar will dissipate quickly, leaving behind only the scent of the oil.

Wood furniture: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and olive oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth, and rub onto the furniture in long, even strokes.

Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda and scrub away! Occasionally disinfect your toilet by scrubbing with borax instead. Wipe the outside of the toilet clean with straight vinegar.

Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 3 cups hot water, and 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle. Wipe clean.

Mould and mildew: Wipe with straight vinegar.

Air freshener: Sprinkle essential oil on a cotton ball, and stash it in a corner of the room. If you have kids, make sure it is out of their reach as essential oils are very strong and could irritate their skin. You can put a few in the car too.

Now better get started myself! Any more tips appreciated.