Spring is upon us, and for many of us, it brings the inevitable job of spring cleaning. This year, instead of heading to the store to buy environmentally unfriendly cleaning products, save that money and the earth by making your own cleaning products. Here are 5 DIY eco-friendly products to make for spring cleaning.
1) Use newspaper for an impressively clean glass window or mirror. Make a cleaning solution of 50% water and 50% white vinegar and apply to any glass window or mirror. Then wipe with a dry cloth and follow up with a piece of newspaper to provide the final streak-free shine. Unlike paper towels, there is barely any lint, and according to Apartment Therapy, most newspaper are printed with water based inks so there’s no need to worry about any messy streaks.
2) Instead of throwing them out as soon as they get smelly and gross, give your sponge a second chance at life. First, wash them well with soap, rinse completely, and then soak them in heavily salted water for one to two hours. The salt will kill the germs, take away the smell, and actually bring them back to the same plump shape as before.
3) Ever use chemical cleaners to clean your oven and swear your food comes out smelling and possibly tasting like those chemicals? Well, save yourself the hassle and opt to clean your oven the chemical-free way with the simple ingredient of baking soda. Sprinkle it all over the bottom of the oven, spray it with water, and leave on for a few hours. Then wipe clean. For any white residue left from the baking soda, use some white vinegar to wipe away the residue.
4) Ditch the Lysol and sanitize your home with tea tree oil. It turns out that tea tree oil instantly kills bacteria, mold, and viruses. Who knew? Spray a tea tree mixture on heavily used surfaces like door handles, counter tops, and toilets, and sanitize instantly. To make this tea tree oil mixture, add the following ingredients into a spray bottle:
- Two cups of hot water
- Two tablespoons of 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap
- 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
5) Make your wood shine with olive oil. Mix together one teaspoon of olive oil with a ¼ cup of lemon juice for a chemical-free way to gently remove dust and make wood furniture shine. Not only will the wood furniture look great but thanks to the lemon, it will smell great too!
What suggestions might you have for creating eco-friendly products for your spring cleaning adventures?