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!
Note: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. But after testing and researching and more testing, only one is worth spending money on (in my opinion). For a couple years now I’ve been committed to Young Living oils, and you can read more about their oils and my decision HERE.
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