Spring cleaning is supposed to refresh your home. It’s a little counterintuitive, then, that traditional cleaning methods lean on harsh, often toxic chemicals to do the job. Your home may look better after using these products, but, in actuality, you’ve only swapped germs and grime for possible dangers to your family and the environment.
There’s a better way. These three eco-friendly cleaning solutions get your home sparkling while keeping it safe.
If you’re new to the do-it-yourself world, making your own cleaning solutions is a great place to start. All you need to do is throw ingredients together in a container, and you’re set. Plus, you probably already have the majority of what you’ll need on hand. Before you reach for the bleach, give these environmentally-conscious DIY cleaners a try.
The king of eco-friendly cleaning solutions: homemade all-purpose spray
Get your surfaces to sparkle with an easy solution you can use in nearly every room of the house. In a spray bottle, mix:
- 1 part water (distilled is best)
- 1 part white vinegar
- Optional: 12-15 drops of essential oil (lavender and lemon are great options)
Spray this solution into a soft towel, and use on almost any surface. If you omit the essential oil, you’ll lose the refreshing scent, but can also use this solution as a glass cleaner.
Note: Vinegar isn’t safe for stone surfaces, such as marble or granite. As an alternative, a baking soda solution will get your counters shiny and spot-free.