Give Alternative Spring Cleaning A Try

I live in Central New York where winters are typically unbearable for me. Too cold, snowy, windy, depressing, and non-inspirational. But this winter hasn’t been too bad. The past few weeks have actually been in the 60’s some days. Makes me think about how amazing it feels to open the windows and doors, let the fresh air inside, and start my spring cleaning routine. This year I can start early, I can start now!

I found an article that shares green ingredients you can use to clean your house. It’s crazy because these ingredients are probably already in your house somewhere. So on top of being healthier for you and your family, they may even save you money. During spring cleaning this year, I plan to use My New Favorite Cleaning Products and these green ones:

Alternative/Green Cleaning Solutions (List taken directly from Wegmans source)

  • Mix vinegar and water for washing floors.
  • Combine lemon juice and olive oil for polishing furniture.
  • Mix borax and lemon juice for bathroom cleaning.
  • The website TreeHugger.com contends that “Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water with either of these and you’ve got yourself and all-purpose cleaner.”
  • Ants avoid chili powder, dried peppermint, and borax. Spread any of these near their entry point instead of a toxic insecticide.
  • Washing your clothes in cold water saves energy. For best results, choose a detergent made specifically for cold water.
  • When laundering whites, consider hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach. A cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, color safe, and less harmful to the environment.
  • Baking soda is an effective, natural carpet deodorizer. Just dust the carpet with baking soda, let is sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum.
  • Air fresheners tend to release unwelcome chemicals. Buy fresh flowers or hang dried lavender or eucalyptus instead. Boiling cinnamon, cloves, or other herbs will also release pleasant scents.
  • You’ll keep your living space much cleaner if all who enter take off their shoes. Keep slippers near the front door for easy access.

Selected Sources:

Fresh Start by Wegmans Nature’s Marketplace Magazine (Free, Taste for Life, March 2017)

365 Ways to Live Green by Diane Gow McDilda ($7.95, Adams Media, 2008)

Eco Friendly Families by Helen Coronato ($15.95, Alpha Books, 2008)

The Green Year by Jodi Helmer ($14.95, Alpha Books, 2008)

“How to Green Your Routine,” http://www.TreeHugger.com, 6/27/14

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