While many people focus on the lawn and flower beds during spring, it is just as important to give the interior of the home some attention. After all, the term “spring cleaning” came from somewhere, right? It is time to open the windows and air out the house but not before the windows are cleaned and floors are mopped. Spring cleaning is most effective when it reduces the amount of pollutants and toxins, making green cleaning a smart approach.
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Step 1: Prepare an all-purpose green cleaner by mixing 2 cups of water, 2 cups of white vinegar, and 20 drops of a pleasant-smelling essential oil. Vinegar kills bacteria and attacks grease and essential oil leaves a fresh scent. Use this cleaner on windows, mirrors, the refrigerator, stove, countertops, and even floors.
Step 2: Adding ¼ cup of vinegar to a bottle containing 1 quart of water creates an environmentally sound window cleaner. Spray it on dirty windows and create a streak-free shine by wiping with sheets of newspaper.
Step 3: Make the eco-friendly equivalent of Soft Scrub by mixing 2 cups of baking soda, 2/3 cup of castile soap, 8 drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil, and 4 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin. This creamy scrub smells delightful, is a strong cleaner due to the baking soda, and has antibacterial properties from the essential oil. Use it to clean the shower, bathtub, and sink.
Step 4: Freshen the air in every room by cutting up lemon peels, placing them in lidded plastic containers, and adding some baking soda. Display English ivy, lilies, and ferns to clean and refresh indoor air.
Step 5: Decluttering does not require cleaning products and makes the indoor environment more welcoming. Go through kitchen drawers and cabinets and discard all clutter. If something is broken, throw it away. If you do not use it frequently, donate it or set it aside for a spring or summer yard sale. Recycle unwanted items such as old televisions and outdated computer equipment.