The transition from winter to spring is the perfect time to refresh our living spaces with a deep spring clean. If you’re preparing for a few hours of dusting, scrubbing and disinfecting, there’s no need to buy half a dozen cleaning supplies at the store. Everything you need to freshen up your home is probably already in your pantry. Here are five natural, effective and extremely affordable cleaning agents you can use to purify your home while keeping it free of toxins.
Vinegar’s acidity is what makes it so good at disinfecting surfaces and dissolving sticky substances. You can use it on its own or with water or you can combine it with other ingredients like lemon, baking soda or borax. For example, a simple all-purpose cleaner only requires 8 cups of water, ½ c vinegar and ¼ c of baking soda. Add an uplifting scent by adding a few drops of essential oil like lemon, eucalyptus or tea tree. You can also use vinegar to clean glass and stainless steel.
In addition to being high in acid, lemons also bring antibacterial properties to the cleaning game, making it an extremely safe and affordable home-cleaner, not to mention one with an uplifting scent! Toss lemon rind and ice into your garbage disposal to sharpen the blades and eliminate bad scents. Use lemon on your marble countertops as a stain remover. Lemon juice mixed with water makes a straightforward glass cleaner; mixed with olive oil it makes an extremely safe and affordable furniture polish.
While vinegar is good at dissolving minerals, baking soda is good at dissolving organic substances like dirt. It’s also slightly abrasive, making it effective at lifting stubborn substances off of your surfaces, but gentle enough to not leave a scratch. It’s not a disinfectant though, so after you scrub surfaces with baking soda and a little water, be sure to wipe the surface down with a disinfectant like lemon juice or vinegar.
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Mostly known for their therapeutic effects when added to a diffuser or bath, essential oils can also prove helpful aids for cleaning. Lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint and orange oils are just a few that you can add to DIY cleaning recipes. All of these oils have antibacterial properties that can make your home safer while bringing a fresh, mood-boosting scent. All you need are 3-5 drops per ounce of water alongside other cleaning supplies.
Castile soap is a natural and vegan cleaner that doesn’t involve any animal products. Traditionally made from olive oil, some versions also include avocado, hemp and/or coconut oil. Castile soap works like any other soap when combined with water: attracting and uplifting dirt, but its vegan properties make it a highly safe and versatile cleaner. Not only can you use it to clean your home, but you can also use it in the shower as well as on your pets and even your fruits and vegetables when distilled properly.
At SURV, we have a saying that an odd job is “more than an odd job.” For us, working alongside our neighbors is really a chance to build a meaningful connection and lay the groundwork for a special friendship. It’s the same with spring cleaning. Yes, it’s a bunch of chores, but really, it’s a chance to reset the home, reflect on the season passing and to set a meaningful intention for your space and your family as you move into the season ahead.
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