We consider our homes a safe haven. It’s where we cultivate our families and memories. We would never think our home could be a place that harbors dangerous toxins. Unfortunately, our homes are, most likely, the place we will pick up skin and respiratory irritations, bacterial infections, and find dust and dust mite build-up. Incorporating healthy cleaning habits will help alleviate these problems.
Circulating Indoor Air
Spring is the perfect time to open up all the windows and doors and allow fresh air to circulate through the house. Getting rid of that old air that’s been locked in tight in your home all winter long will instantly refresh the home.
Removing clutter will help minimize dust. Remove dust with microfiber cloths, which will trap the dust instead of spreading it. A “no shoe policy” indoors will also help eliminate tacking in dirt and dust from the outside.
Use biodegradable sponges and reusable, non-toxic cleaning cloths, which can be washed, instead of sponges. Sponges trap bacteria, which can be easily spread throughout the house, cross-contaminating and infecting everything it touches.
Clean From the Top Down
Save the floor for last. Clean window blinds and shelves first, and work downwards. This will allow the any dust that escapes your cleaning cloth to fall to the floor. Allowing time for all the dust to settle before vacuuming will make sure you get all of it.
Keep it up!
Spring begins on Wednesday, March 20th. That’s only 2 days away, and I can’t wait! But before I start packing my beach towel and bikini, and heading to the beach… I have a lot of spring cleaning to do.
For the next few post, I will be focusing on spring cleaning. There are many cleaning products on the market today made to make our live a little easier, when it comes to cleaning. However, these commercial products are chemical based, which may have some long-term health and environmental concerns. Not to mention, they can be very expensive.
Although there are a growing number of non-toxic home cleaning products available today, there are a lot of easy-to-make, natural alternative we can find right in our pantry.
All Purpose Cleaner
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, and 1/4 part of baking soda in a spray bottle. Use this mixture on counters, sinks, and toilets. Let it sit a little longer for tougher stains. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, as it disappears as the vinegar evaporates. Do not use vinegar on grout as it will cause it to break down.
Add 1/4 cup of castile soap, and 1/2 cup of lemon juice to 2 gallons of water. Use this on all floors unless the manufacturer has specified to avoid all detergents.
Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on mold and let sit for about an hour before rinsing.
Mirror and Glass Cleaner
Mix 2 teaspoons white vinegar in 1 quart of water in a spray bottler. Use this on mirrors and glass. Wiping with newspaper leaves a streak-free, lint-free shine.