Spring Cleaning – Go Green!

As the days get longer, the temperatures rise, and everything starts to bloom, it is also the time of year to roll up your sleeves and give your home a good spring cleaning.  Most people default to the standard cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia, and other harsh chemicals.  This spring, why not try a new approach – green cleaning?  By purchasing less toxic cleaners, you will be protecting your family and pets from harmful fumes and indoor air pollution.   Another option is to make your own natural cleaners from common household ingredients.  These recipes are easy, effective, and friendly on your wallet.  

Some Green Cleaning Products (available at Wegmans and Target):

I love these plant-based cleaning agents, but they can get expensive.  Pick up a few items at the grocery store and make your own!  All you need is baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, and a small bottle of tea tree oil.  Baking soda is abrasive, and works wonders on dirt and grime while neutralizing odors.  Simply sprinkle it onto the dirty surface and scrub with a damp sponge.  Lemon juice or vinegar are perfect for grease and stains; just spray and wipe.  To disinfect, mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle.  Mist the surface, and rub it in with a cloth or paper towel.  For cleaning windows and hardwood floors, mix vinegar with water.  This solution leaves a nice shine and a fresh smell.  It’s fun and easy to experiment with different combinations of these inexpensive products.

Please let us know your spring cleaning ideas and tips!

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