SPRING INTO GREEN CLEANING WITH SOPHIE ULIANO
I’m so happy that our dear family member on Home and Family , Sophie Uliano has graciously agreed to do a blog for me just in time for spring cleaning. Sohpie has been a true blessing in my life, she has helped me so much with coming to terms with and accepting how important it is to be and stay “Gorgeously Green”. She has truly made a difference in my life and my families.
I love Spring Cleaning. I like to set aside a whole morning to really get stuck into it, however, you know me – it’s got to be 100% non-toxic. There is absolutely no way that I’m going to put myself or my family at risk of breathing in toxic fumes, and trust me – most commercial cleaning products are full of them. It is vital that parents of babies/small children take heed of the fact that indoor air quality can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air quality, and part of the reason is that we clean our homes a cocktail of with ingredients. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 150 chemicals most commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities.
The great news is that there are now a number of safer/greener cleaning products on the market – and many of them smell amazing: Method Home and Mrs Meyers are the 2 that come to mind when I’m talking about actually scenting your home with a counter spray! However, if you want to save your pennies, it’s ridiculously easy to make your own.
Here are 2 of my favorite recipes:
This works for countertops, tables, cabinets, fridge interior, sink, and can even work on kitchen floors (not wood).
You will need:
1 24-oz sprayer
1/2 tsp washing soda crystals
2tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp liquid castille soap
2 cups hot water
20 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix the borax, washing soda, vinegar and castile soap on a large measuring cup. Slowly add the hot water (just off the boil). Allow it to cool before adding the tea tree oil. Pour into the sprayer. Shake well before each use.
Green Scouring Tile/Grout Cleaner
This is better than any of the brand-name scouring powders and costs just pennies to make
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
1 cup table salt
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
Approx 1 cup water
Large container with a lid (I use a glass Pyrex storage container).
Place all the ingredients except the water in your container. Add enough water to mix to a thick paste. You may need more or less than a cup – just experiment to get the consistency that works for you. When ready to use, scoop out a glob of the paste with a scouring sponge or a natural bristle brush.
Spring Cleaning Tips
Make sure you are signed up for My Weekly Dose of Goodness to get free updates, and all my new tips and recipes, but for now, here are a few good Spring Cleaning Tips:
1. As soon as the sun comes out, take your pillows and comforters outside, give them a really good shake/beat, and drape them over a drying line, or hedge in your backyard. The sun helps to freshen your bedding.
2. Fill a sprayer with equal parts of white vinegar and distilled water, and spritz all of those bathroom nooks and crannies in which mold/mildew tends to grow.
3. Unscrew your showerhead and soak in a bowl of neat white vinegar for a couple of hours. This will loosen lime buildup. Follow by scrubbing it with a hard bristle brush.
4. Having wiped out your fridge with my all-purpose cleaning spray (above), Spritz all the nooks and crannies with a sprayer filled with equal parts distilled water and food grade (from drug store) hydrogen peroxide. This will help to kill any lurking bacteria.