Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Cleaning: Green-Up the Clean-Up

Now that spring is here it's time to get spring cleaning!

The thing about cleaning products is that those pushed to us in marketing can:

1. Be expensive
2. Contain scary ingredients

If you coat your house in mystery 'cleaning agents' that leave you gasping for air, how is that even close to CLEAN?

Why would you wipe any surface in your house with cleaners that say, "keep out of reach of children"? I'm all about child labor when it comes to cleaning the house, as I'm sure my daughter will tell you!

As if you need one more reason to skip the cleaning isle in the grocery store, do you really need to separate cleaner for every single thing in your house? Floors, kitchen counters, bathroom tile, tub and shower spray, window cleaner, etc, etc, etc.  By the time you are shopping for cleaners, the bank will be empty and your cleaning supplies need a MSDS chemical list and safety cabinet.

This spring, try going green and you will not go back. 
These solutions work and are made of common items probably already in your house!
Here are my favorites.  Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Dusting Spray:
1 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
10-15 Drops Essential Oil (My favorites are Lavender, Eucalyptus, or Lemon)

Shower and Tub Cleaner:
1 Part Vinegar, heated in the microwave for about 1 minute
1 Part Blue Dawn Dish Soap

Disinfecting Kitchen and Bathroom Spray:
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

Glass/Mirror Cleaner:
1 Part Vinegar
1 Part Water

Try using coffee filters for lint-free cleaning over paper towels.

Use your used dryer sheets for dusting instead of microfiber clothes.

I hope you find spring cleaning a little more enjoyable this year! Please share this post with a friend so they can green-up the clean-up too!                  xo Julie


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