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May 16, 2022
There’s just something about the freshness of spring that gives us the itch to roll up our sleeves and clean our space from top to bottom. We’re talking shampooed rugs and carpets, glistening glass, and freshly washed curtains, baseboards, and floors.
But doing a deep clean can be worrisome if you’re using tons of cleaners packed with toxic ingredients. That’s why we’ve gathered a list of our top 3 cleaning products you can use to freshen up your space. And the best part? All can be made using a few staples that are likely hanging out in your pantry or laundry room at this very moment.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get your home a little cleaner…and a whole lot greener in the process!
After being trampled on all winter, carpets and rugs are one of the easiest items to clean, and doing so can remove musty, stale odors and make your home smell and feel fresh almost instantly.
According to the experts at HGTV, you can create an easy, homemade rug and carpet cleaner by mixing:
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon Borax (while it may sound “chemically”, Borax is a naturally occurring mineral found in dried lakebeds)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 dried bay leaves
Simply combine all ingredients in a food processor and grind to a fine powder. Sprinkle over carpets and rugs (you can use a brush or broom to really work the powder into the fibers), then allow to sit for several hours or overnight before vacuuming. You won’t believe how fresh your room will smell!
If you’ve been cleaning glass with a commercial cleaner you may have a wax buildup on glass surfaces as many of them use wax to achieve that streak-free shine we all love.
To help break wax accumulation and keep glass glistening, try this DIY recipe from Simple Living Creative Learning:
1 – 500ml glass spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup distilled water
10 lemon essential oil (or your personal fresh-smelling fave)
Combine all ingredients in the bottle and shake to combine, then spray on mirrors and glass surfaces and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
It seems as though laundry detergents are often a source of unhealthy, toxic additives…which is a shame because they are so easy to make! Try this recipe from Wellness Mama that is safe for high-efficiency washers.
1 bar of bar soap, finely grated (homemade or natural store-bought)
1 cup of washing soda
1 cup of borax (or additional washing soda)
20 drops of lemon or lime essential oils
Carefully mix the washing soda and borax (both can be drying to the skin). Add essential oils, stir, and store in a jar with an air-tight lid. Use 1 – 2 tablespoons per load.
We think you’ll be amazed at just how effectively these green cleaners work at cutting through dirt and grime. And we know you’re going to love how bright and naturally fresh your home smells.
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