As spring is slowly but steadily settling in, it’s about time we all have the talk regarding spring cleaning – most of the time, no one wants to deal with it but, in the end, we all know that it is something that needs to be done, for the good health of both our household and of ourselves. Moreover, as spring is a time of rebirth, of fresh air, and of nature overall, it is important that we, all humanity, learn how to ditch chemical-based products and opt for the more environmentally-safe ones.
We know that most cleaning products out there may leave a bad taste in our mouth – sometimes even literally – and, therefore, it is better to rely on anything but chemicals. In this respect, in today’s article, we’ll be talking about sever chemical-free recipes that you can use for DIY spring cleaning!
1. Baking Soda
Well, it is baking soda – we use it for baking and, thus, doesn’t contain any type of chemicals. Moreover, this ingredient/ recipe comes with abilities that have been proven to kill viruses, as well as effectively deodorize, clean, brighten, and cut through grime and grease. Furthermore, it works just great on carpets.
Yet another product we use while cooking, vinegar comes with a truly acid personality – its acidity makes wonders when it comes to effectively clean and eliminate soap scum, grime, and grease. Moreover, it is known to be gentle with most, if not all surfaces that may need cleaning!
3. Olive Oil
Olive oil, besides making your salad a lot tastier, can also be used to clean and polish a number of surfaces. Even if it comes with a higher price than other types of oil, it can be diluted with water and still have the same effects on furniture and such.
4. Castile Soap
This one is not your usual soap – Castile soap is made from 100% plant oils, meaning that it does not have chemical detergents or animal products in its composition. It is most effective when used to clean grease.
5. Lemon Juice
Yet another chemical-free product/ recipe that comes with an acid personality, lemon juice works best when put against mold and mildew. Moreover, it can easily cut through grease and can also be used to shine hard surfaces. We don’t even have to mention the fact that it smells great!
Borax, which is a boron mineral and salt, is deemed by many as a non-toxic alternative to other, common cleaning products. However, some studies suggest that it can irritate the skin and the eyes and also disrupt hormones. While it can do wonders when used in cleaning, you should still rely more on the aforementioned products, at least until the issue of Borax is settles.
7. Essential Oils
Essential oils work as great as vinegar does – they also don’t come with the latter’s stingy smell. It is important to remember that they are not as potent, in terms of cleaning, when they are used alone. The one thing they bring to the table is their pleasant smell, which can cover the smell of vinegar, baking soda, and olive oil. So, always remember to mix them with something! When it comes to more complex recipes, you can use each of the above combined. However, you should avoid mixing lemon juice or vinegar with Castile soap, as they tend to cancel each other out – the first two are acidic, while the Castile soap is basic.
The Bottom Line
These were seven of the chemical-free recipes that you can use for DIY spring cleaning – remember that they can be mixed with one another, in order to make more potent cleaning products or just to leave a nice smell behind for when you are done cleaning. However, one thing’s for sure – they do their job as good and probably even better than most chemical-based cleaning products. Therefore, make sure to give them a try and see for yourself!