Top 5 Tricks for Greener Spring Cleaning

Bye, Bye Allergens Keep spring allergens and dirt out of your home by removing your shoes. According to Thank Your Body, you can eliminate 60% of toxins, such as lead dust, fungal spores, pesticides and dust mites, just by doing this one simple thing. Make it easy by installing a bench or shelf near the most commonly used door. Well-washed Windows Open your home’s windows to let in fresh air. (Discover 10 reasons why that’s a good idea.) Then you’ll want to clean them. Crunchy Betty spent some time testing homemade glass cleaner combinations and found this one to be a hands-down winner over plain vinegar. She calls it the Alvin Corn Glass Cleaner because it’s comprised of alcohol, vinegar, corn starch and water. Spray on windows and wipe clean with newspaper. Wash windows on a sunny day (easier to see streaking) in the morning before it’s hot. Clean blinds with vinegar … Continue reading

Soap Nuts for Sustainable Household Cleaning

I have been curious about soap nuts for a while, and, since trying them, I have to say they are possibly the most sustainable cleaning choice you can make. Derived from a plant, these organic berries are easy to grow, non-toxic, odorless, compostable and reusable in household cleaning. What Are Soap Nuts? Soap nuts come from the Sapindus genus of trees and bushes, native to temperate and tropical regions around the world. The soap nut, which is actually the shell of a de-seeded berry, contains saponin, a natural cleaner that has been used for centuries. Their primary function is a laundry detergent. Toss 5-6 nuts in a small cloth bag into the washing machine, and you’re all set. NOTE: You will not see suds in your laundry, which is perfectly fine by me since suds are typically the product of compounds like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a toxin considered the … Continue reading

SPRING CLEANING SERIES, PART 3: Natural Cleaning Tips

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This is part 3 of my Spring Cleaning series. Read Part 1 and Part 2. When I used commercial cleaners in my home, a throbbing headache often ensued, which made me resistant to cleaning at all. Then I discovered natural alternatives, and both my house and my head are grateful. You can clean practically anything with white vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It’s better for the earth and saves you money. Convincing my bathroom-cleaning husband to use vinegar proved a challenge, so we compromised and he uses Seventh Generation and Method products that harness less toxic, plant-based ingredients. We said “no” to using bleach a long time ago. (Bleach is ineffective, harmful to humans and lethal to animals.) Now that you’ve de-cluttered and organized your home, you’re ready to give it a thorough cleaning. Here are 12 simple, natural cleaning solutions that cover some of the basics plus a few … Continue reading