It’s March! That means spring is just around the corner!!!
And with spring comes this very strange malady that affects many of us. This weird and totally abnormal desire to clean. Not a “make the house look good” type of clean but a deep, whole house spring clean.
Growing up, my mom was the mean mom who not only made us dust and sweep every weekend, she made us deep clean twice a year. As a teen I decided I would never deep clean my home. But apparently spring fever is a real thing with one symptom being the strange urge to clean!
One thing has changed from the cleaning I did as a young girl and the cleaning I do now. Then our house “smelled clean,” now I know that clean doesn’t have a smell. CHEMICALS have a smell.
Today I spring clean without chemicals and my house is healthier and even cleaner for it. Not to mention, many times chemical free cleaning is even quicker!
Hi there! Just a quick PSA to let you know that this post is part of our non-toxic Spring cleaning series. Check out the full list of topics we’ve covered at the bottom of this post.
28 Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning Tips
Bedroom and Living Areas
- Easily wash walls by using a microfiber mop or wrapping a microfiber cloth around your broom.
- Freshen carpets with this simple recipe. *Bonus, your sweeper will smell great too!
- Use the same recipe as above to deodorize your couches.
- These microfiber cloths and water easily clean windows and leave a streak free shine.
- Mix 2 cups baking soda with 10 drops of your favorite essential oils and brush into your mattress. Let sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming up.
- Use a bristle brush on your vacuum to clean air vents.
- Use this dusting mitt to easily remove all the dust from your mini blinds.
- Wash plastic toys in the dishwasher with 1/4 cup of vinegar on a hot wash.
- Murphy’s Oil Soap is a great chemical free cleaner and polisher for varnished wooden surfaces.
- Use lemon essential oil instead of goo-gone on sticky surfaces.
- Use half a grapefruit dipped in coarse sea salt to scrub your bath and shower. This scrub mitt also works great.
- Half a lemon will remove water spots and shine your faucets.
- Make your own cleaning wipes for around the toilet and stuff.
- Use 1 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup castile soap, 2 tablespoons baking soda and 10 drops melaleuca oil to create your own toilet cleaner.
- Whiten grout with a mix of 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 vinegar. Scrub with a bristle brush.
- Remove buildup on the shower head by pouring a cup of vinegar in a plastic bag and tying it around your shower head. Let soak for an hour and use a toothbrush to scrub clean.
- Clear clogged drains with this fun trick.
- Cleaning kitchen cupboards is a drag, use these tips to make it easier.
- Layer newspapers on the top of your cupboards to make cleanup easier next time.
- A magic eraser does a great job at restoring the shine to your stainless steel sink.
- Baking soda and oil cleans and shines a glass top stove.
- Coconut oil polishes stainless steel.
- Clean your sink spray nozzle the same as you clean the shower head.
- Heat a cup each of vinegar and water in the microwave on high for 2 minutes to easily wipe it down and clean it.
- Boil nasty range hood vents in water with a cup of baking soda to remove grease and dust.
- A microfiber mop will clean your floors with just water.
- Are your kitchen towels smelly? Strip them to remove the stink and bring back the “fluff.”
- Get rid of the stench in your front loading washer by cleaning the lint trap.
As I have learned to clean without chemicals, I can say that the only toxic chemical I keep around is a bottle of regular bleach hidden way up on a shelf for emergencies. Not having to worry about locking cupboards full of chemical cleaners is such a relief.
In addition, my little ones can be around and even help me clean without concern of poisoning!
Sometimes I’m too busy to DIY my own cleaners and when that’s the case I use this stuff with is natural, child safe and works great.
While clean doesn’t have a smell, I do like my house to smell good. Diffusing lemon and basil essential oils will make your house smell great, and the unsuspecting visitor that still thinks clean has a smell, will say your home smells clean!
More Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning Ideas:
- DIY Linen Spray
- DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
- DIY Homemade Stain Remover
- In case you’re not a big fan of the smell of plain vinegar, try this Citrus Infused Vinegar.
- DIY Furniture Polish
- Carpet & Room Deodorizer
- Laundry Detergent
- Homemade Bleach Alternative
What are your tips for spring cleaning without chemicals?
This post was written by Kendra at aProverbs31Wife.com