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Green Your Spring Clean (5 Natural Recipes with 5 Non-Toxic Ingredients)

Green Your Spring Clean (5 Natural Recipes with 5 Non-Toxic Ingredients)

It is spring cleaning time folks! Read on to learn how to clean your entire house without using any toxic chemicals. These recipes only require of you 5 ingredients, distilled water, and a few supplies that you probably have lying around your house. Enter your email address below and get an immediate download of instructions with all this information in a clear, concise, readable format.
 

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I do admit, being the Virgo that I am, mundane tasks like keeping a tidy house are my jam. I find a lot of comfort and a great source of grounding in keeping order and tending to the practical bits of life. It is a way that I show love. It is how I keep myself mindful and present and from unraveling. I appreciate and get a lot of pleasure from a well kept home - clean, bright, warm, minimal yet homey, intentional. If a thing is to be in my possession and surround me then I want it to have beauty and/or use, a place, a purpose, a season.. If whatever it is makes the cut and into my home, then everything gets cared for well. Which brings me to Spring cleaning, folks! It is upon us! 

Here is a post that will give you all the information you need to switch over to a natural, non-toxic cleaning regimen that works brilliantly. It will fill your home with the most refreshing smells, and I guarantee you will just feel better bringing this level of mindfulness and care to your space and your family. You won’t worry about little exploring fingers going into mouths. You won’t worry about you and your family being exposed to toxins. There will be no damaging chemicals on skin. No harsh fumes in eyes and lungs. No toxins going into our water system...
We all must clean ourselves and our homes, why not bring a degree of care to it that you deserve and will benefit from. 

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INGREDIENTS

  • baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Castile soap
  • Olive oil
  • Essential Oils (optional - tea tree, sweet orange, lemon, lavender)

 

SUPPLIES

  • squirt bottle (old condiment or lotion bottle)
  • Spray bottles (3) (use glass if holding essential oils)
  • Fine strainer (or old powder bottle)
  • Squeegee (optional)
  • A few lint free cloths (like an old cotton tee or flour sack towel or I use the cotton cloth diapers show in the photograph. They are the best! So absorbent and soft and large and attractively minimalist)
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Mattress/Sofa cleaning

This is a tried and true method to freshen your mattresses. It absorbs oils and any odors, even if you don’t realize they’re there, they’re there.

How to:

  • I suggest to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda you will use. And mix it up well until absorbed and spread through evenly.

  • Sprinkle approximately a cup of baking soda onto your bare mattress. I use an old powder bottle to do this, but you can use a strainer or just mix in a bowl and then use your fingertips!

  • Leave the baking soda on for an hour or two then vacuum it clean.

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Wall Cleaner

This is a great simple solution to clean fingerprints, light scuffs, high traffic areas and the like from your painted walls.

  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 1 quart warm water

 

How to:

  • Mix the vinegar and lukewarm water in a pail or bowl, wet a soft white washcloth with the solution, and gently rub your walls clean.

  • Store some of the solution in a spray bottle for spot cleaning and maintenance. Spray it directly on the spots and gently wipe clean with a white cloth.

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Window cleaner

Okay, I know cleaning windows is the pits. And battling with streaks is a hell of its own. That said, this solution is my favorite. It actually CLEANS the windows and leaves minimal, of any, steaks at all. But the secret for any haunting streaking is in the squeegee .

  • 2 Cups filtered and distilled Water (this prevents the streaking and/or residue)

  • 1/3 Cup White Distilled Vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Castile Soap

  • Spray Bottle

  • Lint Free Cloth

 

How to:

  • Mix ingredients well in a spray bottle, but don’t shake the solution too much or it will foam up.

  • Spray window, squeegee dry (if doing so), then wipe clear with lint free cloth.

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Wood Furniture Cleaner 

This is a cleaner that smells great, and also moisturizes and polishes.

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil  (can also use jojoba oil)

  • ½ Cup White Distilled Vinegar  (can also use ACV for darker woods)

  • 5-10 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

  • Spray Bottle  (remember to use glass)

  • Lint Free Cloth

 

How to:

  • Shake to emulsify in spray bottle.

  • Spray on surfaces and wipe clean with cloth.

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Soft Scrub Formula 

Use this scouring scrub on the toilet and tank, tubs, sinks, dishwasher, oven, etc.

  • 2-3 Tablespoons Water (enough to create a paste)

  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Castile Soap

  • 3/4 Cup Baking Soda

  • 12 Drops Tea Tree or Lemon Essential Oil (optional) (I like to use Tea Tree for its natural anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties)

  • Squirt Bottle (like an old ketchup bottle or the like (or) I use a jar in a pinch)

  • Lint free cloth(s)

 

How to:

  • Inside your container mix all ingredients and a few tablespoons of water to form a paste. If your bottle is oddly shaped/grooved, I would mix in a bowl first.

  • Squirt (or spoon) it on, use a damp soft cloth to scrub.

  • Then with a separate clean, damp cloth wipe it clean.

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Those are 5 of my 8 household cleaning supplies! In addition to these I use a multi-purpose spray for practically everything, everyday. And I have a laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent.

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