Spring Cleaning without Chemicals
Posted By
Rachel Teodoro
/
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Cost
Low
Experience
Newbie
Time
Fast

Project Steps

Intro

When the spring flowers start popping through the dirt and the days get just a little bit longer, I start getting excited for spring. I throw open my windows and start airing the house out and I also get the itch to start cleaning off the cobwebs and wiping away the dust that's settled during the winter. For years I thought that if my house didn't smell like bleach after a thorough cleaning, then it wasn't really clean, but I slowly started using chemical free products and found that I could get my spring cleaning done without any harsh pollutants. I'm showing you how you can spring clean with out harsh chemicals with products you probably already have in your home.

Lemon Juice

Natural lemon juice is one of the best natural cleaners. It has a low pH and is has natural antibacterial properties plus they smell great

Baking Soda

Baking soda is non-toxic and inexpensive. Not only does it have some amazing odor absorbing properties, it's also abrasive enough to remove tough stains.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great polisher and when used in combination with a few of our other natural ingredients it can be a great cleaner too.

Essential Oil

I love using tea tree oil. Not only does it smell good, it can prevent mold and mildew and it disinfects.

Vinegar

Vinegar is acidic and works as a natural disinfectant. When mixed with baking soda, it makes a pretty amazing fizzy reaction.

I use all of the five natural ingredients together with the HomeRight SteamMachine for the ultimate chemical free powerhouse team.

Step 1

In the Kitchen

Use equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to spray the counters {but not if you have granite, marble or stone, the vinegar is too acidic-you can use alcohol mixed with tea tree oil instead}, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mix and spray the oven and stovetop and inside your sink.

In a measuring cup, add a few drop of fresh lemon and vinegar and place it in your microwave. Start the microwave and let it run for 2-3 minutes. Open the microwave and use the SteamMachine and a microfiber cloth to wipe off the inside.

Pour about a quarter of a cup of baking soda down your sink into the garbage disposal and add a few teaspoons of vinegar.

Use the steam on all surfaces in your kitchen including your appliances. Wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.

Brass Brush for kitchen sink

Use a drop of olive oil on a microfiber cloth to shine stainless steel appliances and faucets.

Add vinegar to your dishwasher and run a rinse cycle to clean the inside of your machine.

Use half of a lemon to scrub cutting boards and give them a final cleaning with steam from the SteamMachine.

 

Squeegee attachments are great for cleaning any glass you might have. 

Squeegee Attachment

Step 2

In the bathroom

Remove mineral deposits on sinks by soaking vinegar on a paper towel and leaving the vinegar soaked towel on the area for a few hours. Rub the fixtures with lemon juice.

Toilet steaming

 

Spray equal parts vinegar and water on countertops, inside the sink and in and on the toilet. Baking soda and vinegar can be mixed together in the toilet bowl and scrubbed. Use the steam from the SteamMachine on all areas and wipe clean with microfiber cloth. A mixture of lemon juice and baking soda can create a paste that can clean grout. Scrub the paste with a toothbrush. Steam and wipe clean. Shine fixtures with a drop of olive oil. Put a few drop of tea tree oil in the scrubbed toilet bowl.

Step 3

Around the house

Sprinkle baking soda on carpets, couches and mattresses. Let sit for as long as you can to soak up odors. Vacuum clean. Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to 1/2 gallon of water. Spray on windows and glass. Spray equal parts vinegar and water on the window tracks to prevent mold. Use the SteamMachine to loosen the dirt in the window track and wipe clean with microfiber cloth. Use steam on the baseboards, trim and any blinds and wipe clean with a cloth. Polish furniture with a drop of olive oil and a drop of lemon juice mixed together on a microfiber cloth. Use the HomeRight SteamMachine attachment and mix a few drops of tea tree oil into the water to mop the floors in the home. It's possible to spring clean without chemicals. Why not give it a try yourself!

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