We can finally look forward to warm temperatures because spring is here! For many, the blossoming of flowers and the budding of trees renew our dedication to cleanse our homes of all the dirt, dust, and any other debris we’ve accumulated during the winter.
There are several cheap and sustainable alternatives for household cleaning, which allow us to get away from chemically driven cleaning products. Dirt and dust aren’t the only culprits for indoor air pollution, the off-gassing of chemicals in cleaning products are also to blame. Time to make the switch!
Look at what you have on hand, and what you use it for. This will help you find eco-friendly substitutes for any harsh chemicals you may have.
Baking soda effectively cleans, deodorizes, and cuts through grime.
- For a heavy-duty toilet and shower cleaner mix ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse after applying the solution.
Lemon juice annihilates bacteria, mildew, and mold.
- Tired of bleaching your cutting boards? Lemons are a great alternative to disinfecting wood or plastic cutting boards. All you need is to cut a lemon in half, scrub over the desired surface, and let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing. Talk about a non-toxic solution!
Vinegar acts as an all-purpose cleaner because of its acidity, which helps eliminate stains.
- One cup of vinegar and a gallon of warm water (applied sparingly, especially to wood floors) make a great bare floor cleaner. Throw in a few drops of an essential oil and your room will smell great after the vinegar smell dissipates.
Olive oil works great as a polisher for furniture and surfaces.
- Combine ¼ cup vinegar with ¾ cup olive oil and use a soft cloth to distribute the mixture over the desired surface. Alternatively, you can combine ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup olive oil and follow the same procedure.
Microfiber cloths are a great substitute for disinfectant wipes and can be used over and over again!
- Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice over a microfiber cloth (you can also use vinegar). Then scrub away any dust or dirt on surfaces. After, wash and dry the cloth for endless use!
There are many ways you can clean your home in an eco-friendly way and hopefully these DIY solutions will help motivate you to make the switch. Best of luck with your spring cleaning!