Green Spring Cleaning
Are you looking for a way to clean your home from top to bottom, with items you already have in your kitchen? We asked the staff for their top tips and tricks for Spring Cleaning, using no chemicals or toxic ingredients.
Combining baking soda and vinegar is like magic. I use it to unclog (or prevent clogs) to my drains. Just pour ¾ baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes, and then pour a full kettle of boiling water. Works like a dream, and it reminds me of making volcano science projects when I was kid – the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar is fun to watch!
Vinegar and water are my go to cleaner. I mix equal parts together, and it works well to clean glass, floors, counter tops, or any other non-porous surfaces. If you need a bit of extra muscle when cleaning the bathroom, just add a bit of borax (not for mirrors or glass though).
I do a lot of cooking and baking, so I find I need to clean my oven fairly frequently. My favourite trick is to sprinkle baking soda all over the floor of the oven, and then spray it with water until it’s damp. I walk away for a few hours, and then use vinegar to help remove any residue left behind. No scrubbing needed – this is really easy!
Lemon juice and olive oil work really well to polish wood and furniture. Mix equal parts, and then gently polish with a soft cloth. It lasts for a few weeks and makes wood look shiny and new (and smells great!). Olive oil is really great for removing those pesky smudges and dirt from stainless steel too!
I have a few tricks for air fresheners. Simmering cinnamon sticks on the stove make the whole house smell like you are baking a fresh apple pie. Or, another easy trick is to sprinkle essential oils on a few cotton balls, and stash these in the corner of a room. Just make sure it’s out of reach of children and pets.
Do you have a tip or trick we haven’t mentioned here? Tell us about it in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!