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Mar 02

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Home! Cleansing Your Home After Winter!

 

Giving your home a spring cleaning is a great way to rid yourself of the mustiness and dustiness of winter. The good news is that you don’t have to arm yourself with a wide array of expensive, chemical-based, store-bought cleaning supplies to get the job done. Instead, try these eco-friendly, all-natural cleansers – they’re powerful and versatile.

In many instances, you can use them on their own, mixed together, or with other products. You can find all sorts of recipes online for do-it-yourself, all-natural cleansers using these core products. Try them in inconspicuous areas first to see what works best for you, and adapt as necessary.

White Vinegar

Incredibly resourceful as a cleaning ingredient, it cuts through dirt, grease, mildew and stubborn water deposits. It’s also a natural deodorizer as it absorbs odours and an effective mould killer. Don’t worry, the acidic smell disappears when it dries. Use it to clean countertops, ceramic floors, your toilet bowl, shower walls, mirrors and windows. You can even use it as a fabric softener!

Baking Soda

This magic ingredient is useful for much more than baking yummy treats. Like vinegar, it has great smell-diffusing capabilities which is why it’s recommended to absorb odours in your fridge. It’s also a key ingredient in many toothpastes, but it can clean and whiten a whole lot more than your teeth! Use it as a scouring powder. For tougher jobs, make a paste with water and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. And as it flows down drains, it keeps them clean and smelling good.

Citrus

Use in place of, or in addition to, white vinegar. It’s powerful acidic properties not only lend itself well to cleaning, but is a great way to use up old citrus fruit you have on hand and cut down on food waste. Citrus is also effective against most household bacteria – and it smells great!

Salt

A terrific flavour booster sprinkled on food, salt can also be used to clean stains from your coffee/tea mugs, shine metals such as copper, pewter and brass, and even remove perspiration stains. No need to get fancy – just plain old table salt will do.

Rubbing Alcohol

Use isopropyl alcohol wherever you’d use a commercial glass cleaner, including mirrors and chrome. A terrific degreaser, it’s also an excellent disinfectant. And it dries instantly! Keep in mind, though, you are cleaning with alcohol so only use in well-ventilated areas and keep far away from heat.

Cornstarch

Whether it’s dusted over surfaces or used to make a DIY paste, this cooking mainstay has excellent odour-absorbing and grease-lifting properties. Use it to clean windows, polish furniture and silverware, shampoo carpets and rugs. It can even be used to help remove candle wax from wood.

Happy green spring cleaning!