More and more people are choosing to use natural cleaning products in their home. With the arrival of Spring, you might be wondering what are some eco-friendly alternatives you can take to clean you home. So, if you’re ready to start using safe, environmentally-friendly cleaning methods, we’ve got some awesome natural Spring Cleaning tips you can start using right away.
Opt for Castile Soap
Castile soap is a vegetable oil-based soap that works just as well as other soaps in getting rid of dirt, grease, and germs. It is nontoxic and biodegradable, so you can feel good about using Castile soap for cleaning around your home and family. We recommend using it with one of our waffle weave kitchen towels. These towels work great for scrubbing down surfaces after the soap has done its job. If you are interested in learning more, here’s a great post on how Castile Soap works.
Cleaning With Just Plain Water
Yes, you heard that correct! When used with microfiber, water can be an effective cleaner. How does it work? Well water is regarded as the universal solvent, meaning it dissolves more chemicals than any other liquid. That’s why things like dirt, dust, and food dissolve in water. After water loosens things up, microfiber can come in an effectively pick it up.
Why does it have to be microfiber? Well because microfiber is extremely small, it has millions of fibers working together to pick up and absorb the dirty water and debris. Microfiber also acts as a dust magnet! This is because microfiber has a positive charge, so it will cling onto dust , which has a negative charge. Go here for even more reasons on why to use microfiber and water to clean. This might just be the best natural Spring Cleaning tip there is!
Use Water & Vinegar
Using a combination of water and white distilled vinegar is an easy, effective, and nontoxic solution for cleaning floors, windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces. Due to vinegar’s acidity, it works great at breaking down gunk, like dried on toothpaste, soap scum, and stuck on food. It can even help kill bacteria by breaking down their cell structure.
Opt for microfiber cloths when wiping down your windows and mirrors with these solutions. Microfiber towels will ensure you remove any and all streaks and smudges from the glass. Paper towels and other types of cloths usually leave lint and scratches behind. Use our microfiber glass cleaning pack for the best results.
For naturally clean floors, use a combination of a half-cup of white distilled vinegar with a half-gallon of water. Mop this cleaning solution over your floors with a microfiber mop to make sure you collect every speck of dirt. Do not use vinegar for granite or marble surfaces, as the vinegar can damage the stone.
Stock Up On Citrus
Lemons, lemon juice, oranges, and other citrus can help to combat bacteria with their antibacterial properties. This is due to their acidity, much like vinegar. You can add lemon slices, lemon peels, or lemon juice to water or your surface cleaner to sanitize your home naturally. Other than its antibacterial properties, lemons can also remove stains and neutralize odors naturally! You can even scrub your sink with half a lemon and a sprinkle of salt so you don’t have to use any chemicals around your dishes.
Though lemons have shown to kill multiple types of bacteria, that doesn’t mean they will kill all pathogens. Lemons are great for most of your daily cleaning tasks, but for the really dirty jobs, we still recommend something stronger.
Making Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner
Now that you know how these natural cleaners work, its time to put them into action! Many store-bought cleaning agents are full of chemicals, which can be toxic. Instead of wiping harmful chemicals around your counters or spraying them in the air, you can make a simple all-purpose cleaning spray yourself with just a handful of ingredients! All of these cleaning solutions work great with microfiber products. Here are some options to make your own surface cleaner spray.
- Castile soap all-purpose cleaner. Combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of Castile soap in a spray bottle. You can use the Castile soap cleaner on any surface!
- Vinegar all-purpose cleaner. Combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. Do not use the vinegar cleaner for granite or marble surfaces, as the vinegar can damage the stone.
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oils (lemon, orange, lavender) to these surface cleaners for a natural fragrance, especially if you want to overcome the vinegar smell.
- Alternatively, you can add lemon juice to your vinegar surface cleaner for a pleasant scent. Be sure to store the cleaner in the fridge if you do so.
- If you can, use distilled or filtered water in these cleaning solutions to avoid leaving residue.
Instead of cleaning with harmful chemicals that could be damaging your health, follow these natural Spring Cleaning tips for a cleaner and safer home. With just a few simple changes to your cleaning routine, you can create a more environmentally-friendly and healthy living space for you and your family.