With Spring just around the corner, there’s no better way to start the season than with toxin free Spring cleaning. In a market saturated with chemical cleaners, nontoxic cleaning methods are actually much more efficient and pose much less of a risk to your health. That’s why for this year’s deep Spring clean, I wanted to share my key tips for getting started with toxin free cleaning.
Invest In a Steam Cleaner
Steam cleaning can do more for your home than just your clothes! Steam cleaners are incredibly versatile, making them one of the staples of toxin free cleaning. Whether you’re cleaning floors, furniture, or your bathroom, a steam cleaner is a great way to target germs and dirt without using chemical cleaners. All you have to do is fill the steam cleaner with water and use it the same way you would a vacuum cleaner once it starts steaming. From deep scrubs to quick cleaning sessions, a steamer will always help keep your home both germ-free and chemical-free.
Make Homemade Natural Cleaners for Toxin Free Spring Cleaning
Unfortunately, most cleaning appliances contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and other irritants that can lead to air pollution in your own home. These chemicals are often carcinogenic and can lead to harmful health effects in the long run.
Fortunately, making your own DIY cleaners is very easy, safe, and effective at getting the job done. All you need are some spray bottles, water, vinegar, baking soda, and sometimes even a little lemon.
Here are some of my go-to DIY cleaner recipes for any part of your home:
- All-purpose cleaner: Mix 1 part white vinegar / 4 parts hot water / ½ lemon
- Glass and window cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons vinegar / quart of water
- Homemade bleach alternative: Mix ¾ cup hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup lemon juice, ¾ cup baking soda, 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil, and 7 cups of water
- Scrubbing paste: Mix baking soda with a little water and soap
- Natural wood polish: Mix ½ cup olive oil / ¼ cup lemon juice
Clean Out Your Vacuum
This is probably one of the most overlooked, but cleaning out your vacuum is extremely important if you want to avoid harmful bacteria, mold, or allergenic aerosols. More often than not, it can be the source of worsening allergies. After every few uses, make sure to clean the brushes and bristles and empty the vacuum cannister. Every month, you should check to see if your filter needs to be washed or replaced.
Try Your Own DIY Air Freshener
Instead of air freshener in a can, skip the chemicals by using essential oils and water. Invest in a diffuser where you can add your water, and a few drops of your favorite scented oil. It’s completely chemical free way to keep your home smelling fresh! Just remember not all essential oils are created equal, make sure to choose organic brands and you make smart scent choices if you have kids or pets at home with you.
Stick To Reusable Microfiber Cloths
Finally, you’re going to need washable microfiber cloths. These reusable cloths can be used for just about any surface, and they are a great way to maintain sustainable cleaning habits in your home. Use them to wipe and mop your way through Spring cleaning with all the DIY cleaning supplies listed above!
You’ll be glad you did!
Are you ready to have the healthiest home of your dreams? If you want some more of my toxin free Spring cleaning tips, I’d love to help you achieve a healthier way of living and cleaning. Let’s chat; book a free consultation with me here!