ohhh I love spring. So beautiful, full of life, fresh, rejuvenating, full of colour…..plus it’s when all the baby animals are born, so it’s also the cutest season. I’ll probably write a whole blog post about spring soon, but today my focus will be on cleaning products. Specifically, CLEAN cleaning products!
I’m not much of a cleaner (ask my parents, or partner). But when I do clean, I’m all about three things:
2. simple, natural and safe ingredients
3. fast and effective….don’t wanna be cleaning all day, I have games of solitaire to attend to
Consider the following….
The products you clean with inevitably will diffuse into the air you breathe, and sometimes get in contact with your skin. There are tons of chemicals in conventional cleaning supplies, with claims encouraging customers that “the harsher the product, the better it will work”. And we use these cleaning products on surfaces we touch, walk on, or eat from. People suffering from respiratory conditions (allergies, asthma) or skin conditions (contact dermatitis, eczema) may be surprised to learn that these cleaning chemicals may be at fault.
There’s got to be a better way!
And there is 🙂 Thankfully the health industry has caught onto my simple requests. Lots of companies are now coming out with “green cleaners” that use non-toxic ingredients. Adria Vasil has come out with a great cleaning comparison reference guide for different brands of cleaners – check it out here and see where your cleaners fall!
My personal favourite (and Adria agrees)…..make your own cleaning supplies! It doesn’t take long I promise. The ingredients are clean, safe, cheap, and effective. All you need is an empty spray bottle and a sponge and you are good to go!
– White vinegar – you can buy a whole jug of this for under $3. And it can be used for literally EVERYTHING! It is a natural deodorizer, disinfectant, grease-cutter, stain-remover, mildew-killer, and all purpose cleaner. You can use it undiluted, or diluted with water (1 cup of each). Get an empty spray bottle, pour your vinegar in, and go to town!
– lemon – cut a lemon in half and use the juice, or buy lemon essential oil. Lemon is a natural disinfectant, brightening agent for stain removal, mild bleach, and delicious smelling anti-microbial. You can add this to your vinegar solution or just use the juice plain on its own.
– essential oils – lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree, peppermint….almost all essential oils are naturally anti-microbial, meaning they kill germs, bacteria and viruses. You can use some (i.e. peppermint, lavender, tea tree) undiluted right on your counter tops. Or, put 10 drops of any essential oil into vinegar and use. Essential oils smell amazing and are natural air cleaners, so make your own room deodorizer by mixing scents of your choice with distilled water and spritz wherever needed!
– castile soap – stay tuned for a shout out about castile soap on friday. Castile soap is simple, versatile, and uses plant oils (jojoba, hemp, coconut) to clean. You can use castile soaps as vegetable washes, floor cleaners, laundry detergents, shampoos…..everything!
– baking soda – the cheapest cleaner in the world. A natural deodorizer and scouring agent for any buildups. Mixing baking soda with vinegar is what kids do to make volcano science projects, so keep this in mind if you use them together….it will get foamy and messy. But putting 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain then following with 1/2 cup vinegar is a natural drain de-clogger!
– salt – naturally anti-microbial. It’s coarse texture makes it a great abrasive for removing dried food from surfaces. Pour some salt on, then spritz with vinegar and wipe away.
Hope you get a chance to try some of these out! Happy safe spring cleaning 🙂