If you’re anything like me, you’re more than ready for sunny days and the fresh breeze of springtime. It’s high time to open the windows, air out the house, roll up our sleeves and get going on that spring cleaning!
I tend to be a bit hesitant to pull out the harsh chemicals when it comes to deep cleaning my home in preparation for warm weather. With children and pets running around the house, I’m a big fan of natural ways to make my home sparkle!
This week found me scouring the internet (pun absolutely intended!) for new ideas on keeping my spring cleaning safe, natural, simple and effective. Here are a few I’ve found!
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“To clean and disinfect a laminate counter top or cutting board, cut one whole lemon and in half and squeeze its juice onto the counter top. Work the juice into stains, using the lemon halves as scrubbing tools. Let the juice sit on the stains until these disappear. The citric acid content of the lemons removes the stains. Rinse the counter with clean water and dry it.”
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“Artificial flowers: Place the fake blooms inside a paper bag and pour in salt.
Close the bag and shake vigorously. The salt will dislodge accumulated dust and dirt.”
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“How to Remove Crayon from Walls:
Make a paste with baking soda and water.
Gently scrub the crayon marks with the paste.”
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“Spackle nail holes in a wall in lieu of plaster.
Clean tile grout and shower runners. Remove build-up with recycled old toothbrushes and paste and rinse with vinegar.”
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“I recently had a knock-down, drag-out fight with mold. Things got ugly fast when a leak in the basement wasn’t fixed quickly enough, and before long, mold was all over everything that was stored down there. While I had to throw a lot of things away, I saved a lot thanks to a really easy and natural solution that kills virtually all strains of fungus – plain white vinegar with about a teaspoon of tea tree oil added to it, in a spray bottle. Spray liberally and vigorously wipe all affected surfaces, but don’t rinse.”
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“When buffing the clean, dry glass, use a pad of crumpled newspaper. The printers’ ink will give your windows an extra sparkle.”
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“Make an all purpose cleaner by just mixing 1 part of vodka with 2 parts of water. Don’t worry when the vodka dries the smell of it disappears. This mixture also works perfect on mirrors and glass surfaces.”
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“Combine ¼ cup olive oil with 4 tablespoons vinegar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice for a homemade furniture polish. Mix ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle and shake well before use. Store leftover polish in the fridge to prevent the lemon juice from going bad.”
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“Add 2 oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your regular dishwasher’s washing formula.
Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.”
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“Carpet Stains—after blotting stain with paper towel, mix one teaspoon dish soap with one teaspoon vinegar dissolved in 2 1/2 cups warm water. Apply to stain and rub gently. Rinse with warm water. Blot dry.”
Tell me – are you ready for spring?
What’s the #1 area in your home that could benefit from some deep cleaning?