Whether your children have sensitivities to certain cleaning products or you’re simply looking to lessen your family’s environmental impact, here are some natural spring cleaning product alternatives. These products and tips might also be a solution to messes that your traditional cleaning solutions haven’t been able to tackle – you never know! If you’d like more cleaning tips, tricks and techniques, head over to our Pinterest Boards! We’re busy collecting more Pins to help you tackle spring cleaning.
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- Dirty Oven – Baking soda is the perfect solution to the baked-on disaster fueled by last night’s lasagna spillage that is the floor of your oven. Simply mix water with baking soda until it forms a paste. Then, wipe this paste over the floor of your oven and let it rest for a few hours. This will break down all the grease and food that has attached itself. The best part about this? You don’t have to scrub. After a few hours simply wipe up the mess (with a paper towel or a rag you’re not worried about ruining) and you’re good to go!
- Grimy Walls – If you live with children you’re used to wiping down your walls to rid yourself of sticky fingerprints and artwork (just because you don’t appreciate the fine art that it ketchup finger painting doesn’t mean your 3 year old cares). Instead of paper towels or Magic Erasers, choose a more friendly option like Melamine Foam. You can buy them in bulk, they’re certified eco-friendly by BASF and they don’t require detergent. Just add water and you’re ready to remind your spouse of the color you painted your walls when you first moved in.
- Microfiber – Don’t have the time to make homemade cleaners that are friendlier to your skin and the environment? Don’t worry about them. Switch to antibacterial microfiber cloths (you can use these with your Swiffer as well or get a mop set). Aside from the toilets, you can clean your entire home with just water and antibacterial microfiber. During cold and flu season you may need to treat the surfaces in your home with something stronger, just in case, but for the rest of the year you’re set!
- Vinegar – Clean your dishwater by running a hot cycle with a bowl of vinegar on the top rack. Make a natural cleaner with citrus peels and white vinegar. Clean your shower heads by filing a bag with vinegar and tying it around the head. Wash your windows with newspaper sheets and vinegar. The uses for vinegar are almost endless. You don’t need much else in your cleaning closet besides vinegar and some scouring powder!
- Scum – Soap scum is history with your homemade, natural scouring powder. Mix 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax with a few drops of your favorite essential oils (this isn’t necessary but it smells great). This cuts from the mess just as well as anything you’re buying from a store.
- Toilet – This is often an area of concern for those wanting to make a switch to natural products. Can natural products take care of the germs and mess that accumulate in your family’s bathroom? They sure can! To clean your toilet, simply pour a cup or so of baking soda into the bowl and let it sit for at least an hour. After this, add a cup of white vinegar. Just like the oven, this solution is great because you don’t have to scrub! Unless you have an impressive mess on your hands, this mixture should take care of any mess. Do this when the kids go to bed so the process isn’t halted by their visits to the bathroom.
IKO Community Management hopes that these ideas have helped you make the switch to more affordable, friendlier products. Save money AND the environment, just in time for Earth Day!