Removing toxic cleaning products to spring clean your home is the first step to spring green cleaning. Picking up environmentally friendly cleaning products goes a long way to ensure a fresh home environment. Eliminating toxic chemicals around your house is proven to help you sleep and concentrate better, as well as breathe cleaner air. If you’re on a budget here are some DIY cleaning products using the stuff you already have lying around the house.
Make a quick antibacterial spray by pouring 1 cup of water and adding 20 drops of any essential oil- peppermint, lavender or jasmine. Mist a few sprits into your chopping board after each use to disinfect the area, and to leave a pleasant smell.
Give your windows and mirrors some love by mixing ¼ cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water. Use a clean cotton rag instead of wiping the mixture away with paper towels or newspapers. The acid from the vinegar will dissolve scale, mold and cut stains leaving you with a shiny reflection.
Deodorize your carpet with baking soda by mixing baking soda and essential oils. Add your choice of essential oil- about 10 to 15 drops- to 2 cups of baking soda. Mix it together, and sprinkle it on your carpet. Let the mixture set for 20 minutes, and then vacuum normally. The essential oils will leave a fresh clean scent, while the baking soda will eliminate dirt, pet hair and odors.
Clean your bathtub using lemons with the lemon tub scrub. Heavily sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your bathtub and cut a lemon in half. Using the cut side of the lemon, scrub away the baking soda and squeeze the lemon gently. Simply rinse with water when you’re done, and you have a squeaky clean tub.
For scummy shower walls microwave diluted white vinegar- not too hot, and transfer it to a spray bottle. Spray your shower walls with the vinegar solution and leave it for about 15 minutes. Clean the rest of your bathroom, and after 15 minutes, scrub and rinse with lukewarm water.