Taking the Toxic out of Spring Cleaning

Every year, spring weather prompts homeowners to pull out the cleaning products and freshen up their homes. In the process of cleaning your home, toxic fumes and ingredients in commercial cleaning products cause multiple health problems and create dangerous living conditions for your family and pets. Even eco-friendly cleaners contain mystery ingredients. By making your own cleaning solutions, you control the ingredients and create eco-friendly, non-toxic and effective cleaning agents that leave your home clean and fresh.

Eco-friendly cleaning solutions require eco-friendly tools. Make your own cleaning equipment from mismatched socks, torn cotton T-shirts and cloth diapers. Instead of purchasing disposable sponges or mop cloths, purchase long-lasting microfiber cloths and reusable mops. Limit waste without sacrificing cleanliness.

To mix an all-purpose cleaner that cleanses countertops, appliances and other surfaces, add lemon juice to white vinegar. Lemon juice neutralizes the strong vinegar odor, freshens your garbage disposal and removes countertop stains. Every home should invest in these two ingredients that serve as antibacterial and all-natural cleaning agents.

Make the bathroom the cleanest room in the house without using harsh chemicals. To clean and disinfect the toilet bowl, pour ½ cup of borax and ½ cup of vinegar into the bowl. After an hour, scrub the toilet to remove any residue. Combine one part vinegar, two parts baking soda and your favorite essential oil to create a heavy-duty sink and tub cleaner that leaves your entire bathroom smelling fresh.

Clean your vinyl and tile floors by combining vinegar, borax, liquid soap, essential oil and warm water. Instead of using a steam machine to deep clean your carpets, invest in dry carpet cleaning. With low moisture, you reduce drying time and lower the chance of mildew development. You can make your own non-toxic powdered cleanser. In a glass saltshaker, combine borax and essential oil. Shake the powder onto your carpets and allow it to sit for several minutes. Vacuum the carpets and remove harmful allergens without harming the environment.

After you create a sparkling clean home, wash your car with common kitchen ingredients. Combine 10 drops of dishwashing liquid and a gallon of water. The liquid soap contains degreasing materials that effectively remove accumulated grime. This homemade solution also protects the Earth and costs less than a commercial car wash.

Clean your vehicle’s tires with a baking soda and water paste. Wet the tire before applying the paste with a hard-bristled brush. Allow the paste to sit for several minutes before rinsing it off. Pressure washers are excellent for this part of the job.

These environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions will give your home and vehicle a fresh, clean appearance and smell. Save money and provide a clean, safe and non-toxic environment for your family this spring.

About the Author

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys DIY projects that help her live a little greener. Her most recent activity is making her own toothpaste – yet another use for the baking soda she already has on hand! Read her work at Eat Breathe Blog.