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10 Easy Spring Cleaning Hacks

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10 Easy Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring is in the air, and your house may be begging for some much-needed post-winter freshening. Don’t let the idea of spring cleaning overwhelm you. Here are 10 easy ways you can freshen up your home for the new season — without toxic chemicals!

  1. Create a non-toxic room spray by mixing ¼ cup vodka, 1 cup water, 15 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops tea tree essential oil, and 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil in a spray bottle. Also makes a great deodorizer for pet bedding.
  2. Give your carpet some freshening by sprinkling baking soda and letting it sit for a half hour, then vacuum.
  3. Remove lime build up from around the kitchen or bathroom faucets by soaking a clean cloth in white vinegar and let it penetrate the affected areas for 20 minutes (while you tackle other chores). Rinse with clear water. BONUS: Old pantyhose make a great bathroom scrubber.
  4. Wash windows with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth, newspaper, or clean coffee filters. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.
  5. Take down that grungy plastic shower curtain and wash it with a load of soiled towels. Add 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Hang it back up to dry with the exhaust fan running, or line dry it outside.
  6. Freshen your drapes, comforters, throw rugs, and blankets by hanging them outside (weather permitting – not recommended on very humid days) for a couple of hours. Let the sun and wind work their magic. If the items are especially musty, sprinkle them with baking soda first. Shake or vacuum off.
  7. To remove stubborn stains and deodorize the toilet pour in a 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar into the bowl. When the fizzing stops, swish with a scrub brush, and flush.
  8. Use a pair of rubber kitchen gloves, dampened, to remove cat and dog hair from clothes and furniture. Rub in circles and toss the collected hair.
  9. To de-grease the kitchen cabinets, wipe them down with a mixture of 1 quart of hot water and 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
  10. A lemon juice and salt mixture makes a good copper and brass cleaner, as well as an effective mildew stain remover. Sprinkle the area with salt and rub with a half-cut lemon.

Do you have a favorite non-toxic cleaning tip you want to share? Use the comments section, below.

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6 comments

1 Beverly Thetford { 04.12.17 at 4:39 pm }

I clean my drains regularly with 2 tbsp baking soda poured into the drain and add 1/2 c white vinegar. Allow to sit until all fizzing stops (usually 1/2 hr). Then pour 1 gallon of boiling water down the drain. Leaves any residue & clogs gone and the drain smelling fresh !

2 katze { 04.12.17 at 12:19 pm }

The vodka would be used as a preservative.

3 Susan Higgins { 04.13.17 at 8:48 am }

Hi Jill Herdman: Vodka is used frequently because of its alcohol content and lack of smell. It works just as well as isopropyl alcohol!

4 Jill Herdman { 04.12.17 at 10:37 am }

Vodka in a room spray? Really?! Wondering why…

5 Susan Higgins { 04.13.17 at 2:50 pm }

Hi Mary Crane, I just bought an essential oils cool air diffuser and I’m hooked! I’ll never light another scented candle again!

6 Mary Crane { 04.12.17 at 10:08 am }

We just did a class on spring cleaning with essential oils. I can be contacted on fb at Essential Oil Grammie if anyone would like more information.

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