How to Naturally Spring Clean Your Home
freshen up your place without any nasties
Spring cleaning is a good chance to give everything a bit of a refresh – and why not use it as a chance to try some non-toxic cleaning?
The move away from chemicals is growing in popularity, and with good reason. As well as inhaling what we spray, our skin absorbs chemicals right into our systems. While it may feel like only a serious chemical cleaner will keep the kitchen benches completely disinfected, it's just not true. There's plenty of non-toxic ways to keep your home clean. And the best thing is, you'll only need a few inexpensive things to get started.
make an all-purpose spray disinfectant
This cleaner takes no time to make and uses only three ingredients.
Told you it was easy. You can use this spray on your kitchen counters, as well as wood, glass, stainless steel and porcelain. (Just be careful using vinegar on marble.)
properly store your winter woollens
Before you store your winter clothes away, get them back to perfect shape (trust us, you won't feel like doing this next May). That means depilling, getting out any stains, and giving them a gentle handwash.
Start by depilling your jumpers with a sweater stone (or, let's be honest, an electronic handheld depilling machine). Lay your jumpers flat and work over the jumper slowly, picking up as much as possible. It's incredibly satisfying seeing your jumper come back to life.
To wash, fill your laundry sink with room temperature water and add a small amount of Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap. Next, liberally dab (not scrub) any stains with Kin Kin Eco Laundry Soaker & Stain Remover. Turn your jumper inside out, and put it in the sink, swishing it around a bit. Pay extra attention to any stains with a bit of extra soap. Leave it for 10 minutes to soak. Rinse your jumper by replacing the water in the tub with clean water. Swish gently, as before, through the clean water. (If you are handwashing a few items, consider having a tub for soaking, and using your sink for just clean water.)
To dry, don't wring! Gently squeeze out any excess water, then lie it flat on a towel. Roll up the towel and squeeze gently. Finally, lie your jumper flat, reshaping it if necessary, and lie it in the sun to dry completely.
To store, fold your jumpers and store them in a container or suitcase with a few sprigs of lavender to fend off any moths.
clean your mattress
When it comes to the state of your mattress, ignorance is probably bliss. So instead of us going into all the details, let's just move on to how you should clean it.
First of all, remove everything from the bed and give all your linen a good wash. Use a mild detergent, such as Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap in hot water to wash your sheets, pillows, doona and quilts. (If your sheets happen to be white, you can use hydrogen peroxide to naturally bleach them too.)
Next, vacuum your bare mattress with the highest suction setting possible.
Considering most stains are erm... organic, use a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for your stain treatment (both are available at the supermarket or hardware store). Dab or spray the mixture onto a sponge and spot clean any stains, using as little liquid as possible to avoid breeding mildew. Then cover the entire mattress in a generous layer of baking soda to deodorise it. Leave it for at least 30 minutes, but several hours is even better. Vacuum again to remove. Let your mattress dry completely.
Now you can remake your bed (with a mattress protector this time, to avoid all those stains again). Spray your fresh linens with a homemade linen spray of rose geranium essential oil and distilled water and you're done! (Finally...)
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