Spring Cleaning: The Natural Way

So, spring is here, at least for a day or two, and it’s time to do our spring cleaning.  We just detoxed our bodies and are eating clean, so why do we want to use all those chemical cleansers to clean our homes?  Let me give you a few recipes to make your own natural cleansers to get your house sparkling clean.

ALL PURPOSE CLEANSERS

  • 1 tsp borax
  • 1/2 tsp washing soda
  • 1 tsp liquid castile soap
  • Essential oils of choice – I use 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender, and 10 drops orange
  • Glass spray bottle for storage

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place borax, washing soda, and soap in a spray bottle (preferably glass).
  2. Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any boiled water will work.
  3. Add essential oils of choice. This is optional.
  4. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed. I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and on toys.

FAQ:  Washing soda is not the same as baking soda!  They are similar but with some important differences. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and washing soda is just sodium carbonate. Washing soda is stronger and more effective in this recipe (but still non-toxic).

GLASS CLEANER

  • 2 cups of water (distilled or filtered is best so it doesn’t leave residue)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice. I use lemon (optional, but it helps cut the vinegar smell)

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass) and use as needed to clean window. I like to use a microfiber cloth to wipe windows clean with this recipe.

Note:  If you have always used commercial window cleaner in the past, mix a couple drops of liquid castile soap or liquid dish soap in some of this mixture the first time you clean the windows to remove detergent residue.

TILE GROUT CLEANER

Mix 1 part water with 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste.  Apply to grout and let sit. Scrub with a toothbrush, wipe with a sponge.

MOLY GROUT CLEANER

Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water in a spray bottle.  Spray grout until saturated.  Let sit 45 minutes and wipe down with a sponge. Rinse well.

TOILET CLEANER

Use undiluted white vinegar and pour it inside the bowl.  Scrub till clean.

WOOD DUSTING SPRAY

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vinegar (orange-infused for extra cleaning power and scent!)
  • 2 TBSP oil (sunflower, grapeseed, fractionated coconut, or olive are my top choices)
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops cedarwood essential oil

Instructions

  1. Pour water and vinegar into a spray bottle.
  2. Add oil and essential oils.
  3. Cover bottle and shake well.
  4. Simply lightly mist the furniture or a soft cloth and wipe down the entire piece. The dust and grime will disappear and a beautiful shine will be left behind. For even more shine, try following up with a cleaner with a bit of straight coconut oil.

Notes: Because this recipe has oil, I don’t use this spray on stainless steel, granite, glass, or walls. I keep it by the dining room table and the kids know to use it on the wood furniture for dusting chores.  Essential oils are potent. An amber glass bottle is recommended to keep the essential oils from damaging the bottle. Shake before each use! Not recommended for unfinished wood or fine antiques.

Barbara Schrader
May 2, 2018

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