Day 74–Spring Cleaning

Our weather this week is so wonderful, it actually makes me want to clean the house. Not the usual “stuff everything into a closet” cleaning I usually go for, but the “throw open the windows and scrub the house til it shines” kind of cleaning. Some people head to the beach–I grab a mop bucket. Insane, I know.

This weekend we will be prepping our raised garden beds, so I’m taking a couple of days now to catch up on some projects and really clean the house. Yesterday I tackled my daughter’s room–yes, even under the bed–and somehow found three loads worth of laundry I didn’t know existed (the impulse to hide things instead of clean is apparently genetic). Today I’m tackling bathrooms, windows and floors. Somewhere in the mix there will be a Girl Scout meeting, and I even considered whether there was a cleaning badge (there isn’t).

In case the spring cleaning bug has gotten to you, too, here are some recipes for non-toxic cleaning solutions. They are amazingly effective and easy on your respiratory system as well as your nervous system. Given them a shot and let me know what you think!

Multi-purpose Spray Cleaner (works great on windows, too)

  • 3 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. borax
  • Hot water
  • Essential oil (for scent only and completely optional)

Combine vinegar and borax in a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add hot water to fill. Add essential oil, if you are using (I don’t). Shake. This solution will keep indefinitely.

Oven Cleaner (this is thanks to Heather at Sugar Dish Me)

  • Baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Hot water

Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Remove the baking racks from your oven and sprinkle baking soda evenly across the oven floor. Spray vinegar and water solution on the oven floor over the baking soda, so that the baking soda is quite damp. The baking soda will fizz–cleaning at work! Spray vinegar and water on the oven walls as well. Close the oven door and leave overnight. Wipe up all the yucky stuff from your oven and wipe down the entire oven with clean water. This is AMAZING!!! 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Baking soda or borax

Sprinkle in the bowl and let sit overnight. Scrub with a toilet brush. Voila!

Hardwood Floor Cleaner (don’t use if you have specialty flooring as this may void your floor warranty)

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 gallons warm water

Combine all in a large plastic bucket. Apply with a mop or sponge (Note: I used an old towel to dry the floor after mopping to avoid streaks)

Scouring Powder

  • Baking soda or borax    OR
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Castile soap (enough to make a toothpaste-like paste)

Use gloves to protect your hands. Apply either baking soda or soap paste to tough areas like bathroom showers and tubs. Scrub with a brush or sponge. Rinse with water.

Tomorrow’s post will feature recipes for insect control. Here in the land of horse-sized mosquitoes and flying “palmetto bugs” (if you’ve never seen a flying roach the size of a Cadillac, consider yourself fortunate), I will be trying these out for sure!

Have a healthy spring cleaning! Or, and maybe better yet, head to the beach :-).

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8 Comments

  1. I will be doing this kind of cleaning this weekend, or next, when it’s suppose to hit eighty near me:))

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  2. I love this post. I am also on a cleaning frenzy. Thanks for the mention 🙂 Your spray bottle version of my oven cleaning was very nice. I had sweet potato drippy baked onto the bottom of my oven, so I’m more of a dump-it-out-and-watch-it-fizz kinda girl. Note to your readers: IT CLEANED OFF THE BAKED SWEET POTATOES!!!

    Natural Cleaners really work (better).

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  3. I have been looking for a list of effective homemade cleaning solutions – thank you!

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  4. Thank you for these wonderful gems! I usually use citrasolve for most cleaning. It smells good and works oh so well… however, it’s pricey. Though I am extremely sensitive to chemicals and do need to clean on a budget. I am going to print these out. Thanks!

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