April 26, 2023

Have you ever considered investigating what is lurking in your household cleaners?

It is time for spring cleaning!

For some of us, spring cleaning is just another weekly deep clean of our spaces. For others, it may be the first time in months that we have broken out the mop. Whether you enjoy cleaning or not, spring cleaning is a powerful aid for our physical and mental health.

One of the main reasons being that it helps remove powerful asthma triggers such as dust and pet dander. This can help you and your family breathe a bit more easily. There is enough to worry about with all the pollen in the air this spring.

Even for those not bothered by breathing issues, spring cleaning has other benefits. It can lighten your mood, increase productivity, provide physical activity, and help drive more positive feelings.

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Before breaking out those cleaning products, have you ever considered investigating what is lurking in your household cleaners? Not all are bad! However, some contain harmful chemicals. These compounds can be flammable or corrosive.

If you are looking for ways to bring more “green” to your cleaning routine, look no further! With some simple swaps, you can build a clean cleaning routine. As a bonus— it can also help you save your hard-earned cash.

White Vinegar

Did you know that vinegar is a natural disinfectant? And no, the smell will not linger. Use it in your home as an effective treatment for buildup, rust, and hard water stains! If you add a pinch of salt to your mixture or a smidge of dish soap and water, it can be even more effective. Clean those countertops or use it by itself in your washing machine or dishwasher to remove soap scum.

Baking Soda

We are familiar with using baking soda to clear odors in their refrigerator or in their cabinets, but have you considered using it in your trashcan or laundry to accomplish the same thing? Also, by mixing it with a little bit of water and using a cloth, you can clean your windows, the limescale in your bathroom, or shine up your dishes and Tupperware containers.

Rubbing Alcohol

Using rubbing alcohol helps to shine up chrome and stainless-steel surfaces, de-skunk smelly sneakers, and can disinfect thermometers, nail clippers, or makeup brushes! Though it does evaporate quickly, you can add essential oils to make it smell better. Be careful on other surfaces such as wood or granite, and never, ever mix it with bleach.

Get Creative.

Feeling inspired this spring? These are just a few of many common household products that double as cleaning products.

And if you really want to flex your creative muscles? Check out this article from Good Housekeeping to make your own effective cleaning concoctions at home.

Usher in spring with a cleaning session that improves your health, is good for the environment and takes it easy on your wallet.

Weekly Recipe

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup