Something about spring makes us want to open the windows and let nature in. You can keep the sentiment going as you tackle your spring cleaning list. Want to know how? Head to your pantry and grab a few essentials that will freshen your home without chemicals or too much elbow grease. You’ll want the following on hand for an eco-friendly clean:
- Baking Soda
- Kosher Salt
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Vanilla Extract
Rid yourself of a dirty oven without the toxic cleaners. Start by making a paste of water and 1/2 cup of baking soda, then “paint” it on to all surfaces inside your oven with a pastry brush. Let it sit for 12 to 16 hours, freshening up the mixture with a second coat halfway through. After the time has passed, wipe down the oven with a half-water/half-vinegar solution. Less effort than scrubbing the whole appliance and none of the fumes.
Enough is enough. Tackle the ring of soap scum around your bathtub with baking soda and lemons cut in halves. For best results, start with a dry bathtub and squeeze lemon juice over the surface, concentrating around the drain. Sprinkle baking soda all over and then use the lemons as scrubbers to work the juice and abrasive powder into a paste. Rinse with warm water.
If your rugs have sodden with smells, freshen them by sprinkling baking soda over the entire rug. You’ll want to let it sit for 12 to 16 hours, then vacuum or brush off the powder. Follow it up with a salt bath to brighten the colors and overall appearance of your floor coverings.
The key to sparking mirrors and windows without using ammonia is cornstarch. Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and 1 tablespoon of corn starch in a spray bottle. Mist the surface and wipe with lint-free cloth or use old newspaper. Like CrunchyBetty will tell you, the proof is in the sparking, streak-free views.
Air FreshenerPhoto: Ecoyou.pl
Opening all the windows and letting the air run through your home will do wonders for removing the musty smells of winter from your home. Take it a step further by making your own air freshener. Fill a medium pot with three cups of water, 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, 2 or 3 sprigs of rosemary and a couple lemon slices. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. The scent will brighten up your home quickly and naturally.
What natural cleaning recipes do you have to get your home sparkling?