It's Spring! Time to clean?
By Berit Griffin
March 26, 2014
The weather outside might not indicate it, but spring has officially sprung. Sort of. Despite the chilly weather in many parts of the country, it might be time to consider partaking in the time-honored tradition of spring cleaning. If you’re not interested in breaking out the bleach and ammonia and making your house smell like a chemical factory, there are lots of good alternatives out there. Treehugger recently shared some tips — you’ll definitely want to check those out. They suggest things like:
- Throw those windows open and let the air in. It’s free and helps get the winter gloom out of your house.
- Skip the costly, harsh commercial cleaners in favor of a DIY solution. Here’s Treehugger’s recipe: “Tea tree oil and lemon extract have both been shown to have anti-microbial properties. So, you can make a good all-purpose cleaner by combining 10 drops of lemon extract (or zest) with 20 drops of tea tree oil in 1 quart of water. This works great to clean tile, countertops and floors.”
- Flip your mattress. I always try to do this quarterly. It’s a great way to keep your mattress from sagging, and lengthens the life of it. Don’t forget to vacuum it after you flip to help cut down on dust mites in the bedroom.
Here are a few green cleaning tips from us:
- Baking soda, baking soda, baking soda! This wonder material cleans almost anything. Got some baked-on stains on your stovetop? Make a paste of baking soda and water. Have some lingering smells on your cutting boards? Use that paste again. Need to de-funk some carpets? Baking soda.
- Vinegar is another green cleaning superstar. Use it after baking soda for fresh drains. Also, if you want to get smells out of a room, pour some white vinegar in a bowl and leave it out for a few hours. It removes odors but won’t make your place smell like a pickle factory–promise.
- While you are flipping your mattress, rotate your rugs and area carpets. Yes, it might sound silly, but certain spots of carpets get more wear then others. By allowing even wear, your carpet will continue to look great for years to come.
- Elbow grease is important. Sometimes, without the chemicals, you might need some more power to cut through grease and grime — that’s OK. Don’t underestimate the power of some hot, soapy water to get things sparkling.
- And here’s a great, easy method for cleaning windows using vinegar and just a dash of regular dishwashing soap.
Are you spring cleaning? Do you go green or do you prefer the harsher chemicals?
Image courtesy of andiezoe on Flickr