Are you looking for toxic-free cleaner alternatives for your spring cleaning? Try these three natural cleaners that will leave your home clean and sparkling.
Spring is almost here! It is the perfect time to do away with the winter blues and freshen up our homes to get a head start on the often-bustling spring and summer seasons. But did you know that heavy-duty cleaners you use for your annual spring cleaning are loaded with toxic chemicals that can have a negative impact on your health? The severity of these toxins may range from immediate reactions like skin rashes, lung problems, chemical burns and watery eyes to long-term effects like cancer, infertility and a weakened immune system. Luckily, there are a lot of natural cleaners that you can easily make at home. So, this spring, ditch these toxic cleaning products for homemade natural cleaners that are safe for your kids, pets and the environment. Here are three natural cleaners for spring cleaning to keep your home clean and fresh:
All-purpose natural cleaner
This all-purpose natural cleaner combines baking soda with white vinegar to dissolve dirt and grease from a variety of surfaces, thus leaving your home sparkling. Tea tree oil acts as a natural and gentle disinfectant due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, it keeps your home germ-free.
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- One tablespoon of tea tree oil
- Add the vinegar, tea tree oil and a little water to a glass spray bottle.
- Then add baking soda to this bottle.
- Shake the bottle to blend the ingredients after topping it with water.
- Spray this natural cleaner to melt away oil and grease stains and disinfect surfaces.
Natural lemon degreaser
Did you know lemon and vinegar are two of the best natural cleaners? So, for this year’s spring cleaning, combine these two ingredients for a power-packed natural degreaser–oil stains don’t stand a chance!
- ½ cup lemon peels
- 1 ½ cups white vinegar
- 5 drops of lavender oil
- Add lemon peels to a bowl. Then, add white vinegar. Cover the bowl and put it aside.
- Soak the peels in white vinegar for around two weeks.
- After two weeks, strain the liquid.
- Transfer this liquid to a glass spray bottle.
- Spray this sustainable cleaner on oil and grease stains and wipe with a microfiber towel.
Natural Hardwood Cleaner
Cleaning hardwood floors is certainly one of the most challenging tasks of spring cleaning. Instead of chemical-laden cleaning products, try this natural hardwood cleaner which will remove stubborn stains and get your floors sparkling again. It is so easy to make and does not call for any fancy ingredients–you just have to raid your kitchen cupboard to make it.
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 4 liters of warm water
- 5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 1 large bucket
- Add 4 liters of warm water to a large bucket. Then, add half a cup of white vinegar and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Mix all the ingredients.
- To use, put a mop head into the bucket and thoroughly wring it out until it is only damp. Use on floors and then repeat.