Spring is here and it’s time to do the spring cleaning. This is a big ritual, done after the dirty winter months have gone by. The idea of the spring cleaning is to do a serious deep cleaning of your home and get rid of unwanted house pests like hibernating bug and other pests. In this post, we will give you a few ideas how to do that the natural way, without using chemicals, which are harmful to your kids, pets and the environment, and will leave your home sparkling and beautiful.
If you want to do the spring cleaning the green way, you need to start by disposing the garbage in a sanitary matter. All the unwanted trash must be recycled. Donate all the clothes you don’t wear and the unused items in your household, and recycle all the paper or plastic trash.
When doing the spring cleaning, you should consider cleaning the floors. Vinyl flooring can be cleaned with apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar will clean the floors without leaving soapy or waxy buildup, like a lot of cleaning products do. If you need to clean some persistent scuffs, you can use jojoba oil to keep the floor looking new.
To clean carpets, use baking soda. It will not only clean, but also deodorize them. Just sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming. If there are oils, spilt on the carpet, you can try some corn starch, which will soak them up.
Using baking soda is also a great way to keep the bathroom grout stain-free. Simply make a paste of baking soda and water and spread it on the area. Then, spray some vinegar on the paste and it will foam. Then, scrub clean and rinse.
When you start the spring cleaning, you should also pay special attention to the bathtub. To remove hard water stains, place a vinegar soaked paper towel over the area. Leave it there for about two hours and then scrub with a baking soda paste, spray with a solution of vinegar and water.
The furniture in your home are an important part of the spring cleaning. To polish wooden furniture, use a mixture of two parts olive oil and one part lemon. This would make them gleam. Another way to polish wooden furniture is to use a microfiber cloth and coconut oil. Rub the coconut oil and let it soak in before you place anything on the surface. If there are water rings on the surfaces of your wooden furniture, you can clean it with a mix of salt and olive oil. Just rub the solution gently and wipe clean.
To polish metal surfaces, use a paste of salt and lemon juice. You can apply it to copper, brass or steel and scrub with an old toothbrush. This will remove tarnish or rust in no time. It also works on food-stained plastic dishes.
When you start the spring cleaning, don’t forget the windows. Forget about the expensive and potentially harmful window cleaners on the market. Instead, use a mixture of one part vinegar and two parts water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and use a lint-free towel or an old newspaper to clean the windows.
There are many other natural solutions, which will help you clean and polish every surface in your home. Share with us, in the comments section below this post, how you do your spring cleaning.