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DIY Spring Cleaners

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 1:30 AM

Spring has arrived with a burst of new beginnings. For many of us this brings the urge to wipe away the lingering remnants of winter from our homes as well. Before you begin spring cleaning consider the types of cleaners you are using. While many products will get the job done, some are safer exposure in your living environment. Also, some of the simplest cleaning solutions are also the least expensive as well as least invasive. Here are a few cleaning tips and recipe solutions.

Rubbing Alcohol (90% please)

In a quart spray bottle add 4 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to water. Mix well. This is a great window, mirror, chrome, countertop, doorknob, light switch cover cleaner. A bonus is the ability to quickly cut through hairspray on bathroom fixtures! For tougher jobs simply add a little more rubbing alcohol to the mixture. This serves as a cleaner and antiseptic.

All-Purpose Cleaner

One of my favorite all-purpose cleaners is hydrogen peroxide with essential oils added. Essential oils hold many health-enhancing properties. Both lavender and tea tree offer antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and other properties. In a 16-ounce bottle of hydrogen peroxide add ½ teaspoon lavender essential oil, ½ teaspoon lemon essential oil, 1/8 teaspoon of tea tree or peppermint essential oil. Combine all ingredients in bottle, attach spray nozzle, and shake to combine. For best disinfecting results, spray on surfaces and leave for a couple of minutes before wiping clean.

Hydrogen Peroxide (3%): This common medicine cabinet staple can kill bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus. It is listed with the Environmental Protection Agency as a sterilizer. It can be used to disinfect all your surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. Note: Hydrogen peroxide is sensitive to light, so must be kept either in its original bottle (with an added spray nozzle) or transferred to another opaque spray bottle.

White Vinegar

Another common household staple that can do double duty is white vinegar. Adding ¼ cup of white vinegar to one-gallon of mop water cleans and disinfects floors. Adding ¼ cup to 2 gallons of water is safe for use on sealed wood floors. White vinegar in a spray bottle (2 tablespoon per quart) makes quick work of dirty microwaves and soap scum on bathroom tile. Looking for an alternative for oven cleaner? Spray the oven with white vinegar and sprinkle on some baking soda; then spray again. Allow to set for a few minutes and wipe clean (works well on bathtub rings too).

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