We have a lot to look forward to this March and April. Spring weather, Spring flowers & you guessed it, SPRING CLEANING! Let’s be real, who doesn’t love a little Spring cleaning? It’s the chance to air out those Winter blues and welcome the sunshine! Although Spring Cleaning keeps your house shiny and smelling good, the chemicals used may not be good for your health. Read below for the Top Five ways to Spring Clean, naturally!
Lemons. Lemon juice is a natural acid that can be used to remove grime, build up and water marks. Use half a lemon and rub it on any water marks or build up on your faucets in your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use a lemon and water mixture to clean your microwave. Simply use a half cup of water and juice from half of a lemon. Combine the ingredients and microwave in a bowl for three minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe down the inside with no problem!
Vinegar. While you’re using vinegar to dye Easter eggs, make sure to save some for your household cleaning! Like Lemons, vinegar has acidic properties that can naturally remove buildup. Have stains in the oven? Use equal part vinegar/part baking soda and scrub that baby clean! Not sure how to remove the tea and coffee stains from your mugs? Easy. Add part vinegar, part baking soda and let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub clean. Make your blinds shine by combining equal parts watered and vinegar. Emerge a cloth into the mixture, wipe down each blind and voila, like-new blinds! Soap scum and build up on your shower head? No problem. Fill a plastic bag up with vinegar and put it over your shower head. Leave on for two hours and watch the magic happen!
Baking Soda. As you’ve read above, you can use a baking soda/vinegar mixture to clean just about anything! Have a stain? Combine baking soda and water, dip an old toothbrush into the mixture, then scrub the mixture on the stain. Let sit then wipe off with water. Want to clean your baked on food on your stove or in your pans/dishes? Sprinkle baking soda in the pan/dish and add super hot water. Let it soak until the water has completely cooled. Scrub off the food or put the dish in the dishwasher for a good clean. For the stovetop, sprinkle the baking soda on the baked on food. Using an old toothbrush, scrub some hot water on the baking soda. Let sit for 30 minutes. Then add more water and scrub!
Rubbing Alcohol. Rubbing alcohol should be a must-have in all households. This stuff works wonders! Need to clean the keyboard of your computer? No worries! Using a cotton swab soaked with alcohol, wipe the top and under the key to dislodge any dust or grime. The alcohol will also kill germs! Want to clean your windows or your electronic screens? Mix equal parts alcohol and water and place in a spray bottle. Spray a small amount on a cloth and wipe away!
Cream of Tartar. If you don’t have Cream of Tartar (COT) in your pantry, you need to get some. This stuff is amazing and works great as a natural cleansing agent. Need to clean your drains? Easy. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt and 1tbs COT. Pour the mixture in the drain and add 1 cup water. Allow to sit and then turn the water to run through the drains. Mix COT and water to wipe down your stainless steel appliances. Remove rust stains or mildew by using equal parts water and COT. Seriously, this stuff is amazing.
Spring cleaning naturally helps protect your family from the harsh chemicals found in cleaning supplies. While having your home clean is important, keeping your family safe is equally as important! For more ways on safe cleaning, or if you have a real estate question, please give us a call or send us an email! Happy Spring cleaning!