Rethink Spring Cleaning - A Guide

It’s that time of year when, as nature starts to make itself over anew, we feel inspired to do the same at home. In light of this, I want to invite you to reconsider your standards for clean. For most if not all of our lives, we’ve been sold this idea that environmentally toxic and corrosive ingredients are necessary to disinfect and clean our homes, our clothes, even our faces! All this really does is leave harmful chemicals all over surfaces where they can be absorbed into our bodies through our skin, or ingested by our pets when they eat a treat off the floor.

In reality there are so many effective and inexpensive ingredients already in our kitchen pantry that can be used for spring cleaning. Here are a few examples:

  • DIY All-Purpose Cleaner - Fill 2/3 of a reusable spray bottle with vinegar (I like this one from the Zero Waste Store - the amber color protects liquids inside from UV light!), add a few lemon peels and rosemary sprigs, and top off with water. Let the mixture sit for a a week or two so the fresh, lemony scent can infuse into the mixture and voilà! A perfect, all-purpose cleaner for your kitchen and bathroom (just avoid using it on granite or marble surfaces).

  • Olive Oil Furniture and Floor Polish - Olive oil is also readily available in most pantries and makes for a great, non-toxic furniture polish. Combine two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice to a small reusable jar (it’s best to make this fresh every time as it can go rancid if kept for too long). Use one rag to rub a thin coating of the mixture onto wood furniture and flooring, and another rag to wipe it off.

  • Cut Up Old Tees for Cleaning Rags - Have some old tees from your ex lying around that don’t exactly “Spark Joy” anymore? Before you throw them out, consider cutting them into smaller rags for all your cleaning needs. I love this tip from The Wellness Mama for turning these rags into your own DIY disinfecting wipes. Best part? You can simply wash and re-use them when you’re done - yay for less waste!