Spring Clean With "Greener" Cleaners


Country MoonSpring cleaning is like a holiday (except it never feels like it) — another ritual that we all do each year to varying degrees. There is something about the sun’s first warm rays tugging at us to open the windows and let the fresh air in that makes us want everything fresh and new. Thus, we start sprucing up all the nooks and crannies. Guys might even rearrange the garage, sweep out the workshop, or put away the tools with which they've finished up winter projects. Spring is a time of renewal, and we want our homes, barns, garages, offices, and vehicles to be clean and fresh.

So this year, why not give spring cleaning a spruce up, too? Many of us have cleaned up our diet and tried to get away from chemicals and eat more naturally. Why not also get rid of the harsh chemicals that we have always used to clean? Maybe it’s time for greener cleaners made with simple products that we have on hand.

I know I have touched on this subject a little before, but I would like to share a list of do-it-yourself natural cleaners that was published in the April edition of Prevention Magazine. Following are the best combinations for safe and efficient scrubbing that won’t ruin your health haven:

• LINOLEUM, TILE, AND VINYL FLOOR CLEANER: Mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/4 natural liquid soap, 20 drops tea tree essential oil, and 20 drops orange essential oil. Add two gallons of hot water and mop away.

• BATHTUB AND TILE CLEANER: Sprinkle sinks, tubs, and showers with baking soda, then scrub. For stains that need a little more “oomph,” make a paste of baking soda and water. Cover the troublesome spot, let set for a half-hour, then sponge off. If you are trying to eliminate germs or mold, spray a solution of 10 percent vinegar and 90 percent water. Let it set 30 minutes and then rinse off.

• WINDOW, MIRROR, AND GLASS CLEANER: Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle, spray on glass surfaces, and wipe with a clean cloth. Rubbing a little on your eyeglasses also cleans them.

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