Spring cleaning just feels like a natural thing to do. After all, spring is a time of birth and rebirth in nature. Birds build nests and lay eggs, baby bunnies abound, flowers bloom, trees come back to life— the world is green and lively again!
It makes sense to throw open your windows and perform a thorough spring cleaning of your home after the cooler months are gone. It can also be a time to organize, declutter, and focus on using healthier cleaning products in your home.
Here are our top tips for a green spring cleaning to keep your family in a healthy environment.
Make a Spring Cleaning Plan
Think about all the rooms, closets, and spaces in your home. What is the top priority for your spring cleaning? Make a list of every room in your home and put them in order from most important to clean to least.
Then, take a look at your calendar. Is it easiest for you to commit to a weekend or two in order to complete your list? Or maybe it would work better for you to tackle one room a day for a week or so. Whatever works best for you, be sure to add the dates to your calendar.
Spring Cleaning Supplies
Once you have a list and have decided on the dates, confirm that you have all the equipment and supplies you need before the day you’ve designated as the start of your spring cleaning.
Of course, you’ll need your vacuum and mop, but if you’re planning on a green spring cleaning, you’ll need to make sure you have all the ingredients to make your cleaning products. Here is a helpful list of supplies to make sure you have on hand.
- Baking soda
- Good for killing viruses, deodorizing, and cutting through grease
- Castile soap
- 100% plant-based, cuts through grease
- White vinegar
- Gentle, but will clean almost anything
- Olive oil
- A natural polisher
- Lemon juice
- Good for cleaning mold and mildew
- A good scrub agent
- Essential oils
- Additions to your bases like white vinegar, baking soda or castile soap. Some good essential oils to use in cleaning are Thieves, Lemon, Lemongrass, and Lavender
- For windows and glass to leave a streak-free shine
- Glass spray bottles and/or glass containers
- If you are planning on using essential oils, lemons, or vinegar, the glass will stand up against their acidity
- Microfiber towels
- These are washable— they eliminate the need for paper towels
- Reusable gloves
- These can be washed and reused, cutting down on the use of plastic disposable gloves
If you plan on decluttering as well, it might be a good idea to buy some cardboard moving boxes to collect items you’d like to donate.
The popularity of do-it-yourself anything is so great you can search green spring cleaning DIY products, and thousands of suggestions will come up. Knowing what to search is half the battle. A few suggestions are:
- Natural oven cleaner recipe
- DIY natural toilet scrub
- Recipe for natural disinfectant
- Countertop cleaner with essential oils
To get you started, we’ve added our favorite green spring cleaning product recipes, and all of them can be made with products from the list above!
For tough grime in the bathtubs, showers, or even your sinks, mix together a bit of baking soda and castile soap with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Scrub and rinse clean with water.
Microwaves can get pretty gross and they’re hard to clean. In a small cup, pour in vinegar and a splash of lemon juice or lemon essential oil. Put into microwave and run it for two minutes. Take out the cup and wipe down the microwave with a microfiber towel. No elbow grease needed!
Living Room- Furniture Polish
Make that furniture shine and remain dust free longer with this natural furniture polish. Combine 3/4 cup olive oil, the juice of a quarter of a lemon, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 3-4 drops lemon essential oil (optional). Dip a damp rag into the polish and rub on furniture. Use an old dry towel to buff off. This same recipe can be used on stainless steel.
Whole House- Floors Cleaner
Combine one part white vinegar with two parts warm water in a bucket. Use a mop or rag to wipe down floors. Put a few drops of essential oil as well to mask the smell of the vinegar if desired.
Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. It’s tough to find the time you need to do the job right, let alone create the green products that will clean in an environmentally friendly and healthy manner. There is nothing wrong with outsourcing that task to a professional cleaning company. CleanSpace offers a spring cleaning service to our clients in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and surrounding areas in California.
Our licensed and bonded professional cleaning teams are highly trained; every cleaner is specially trained in our special top to bottom, left to right process of cleaning your home. We are proud to only use Green Seal and Green Guard approved products, so you will only ever receive a green spring cleaning from our cleaning professionals.
Call our customer service team today for your free estimate for your home’s spring cleaning!