Does your home smell fresh as spring after you clean?
Is it just me or do you feel unsuccessful if you clean and your home doesn’t smell fresh as spring? I guess I grade cleanliness on the scent.
But, if the counters are clear, dishes are washed, and the floors are clean AND I don’t smell the achievement of a spring fresh home, I feel like I’ve done something wrong.
Or do you have the same experience?
It’s probably related to growing up using highly fragranced dust sprays, wood polish, carpet powders, and floor cleaners. Which, unfortunately, we later learned was chock full of chemicals.
According to Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization focused on the environment and public health, there is no federal regulation of chemicals in household cleaners. Among the thousands of cleaning supplies available to consumers, the thought of not having a safety standard is overwhelming. But, I soon discovered cleaning your home naturally can be very expensive.
A spring fresh home doesn’t need to be toxic or expensive!
When my husband and I started a home of our own, natural cleaners weren’t widely available and came with quite a price tag.
Luckily over the years, I’ve learned to make my own natural cleaners. Each is inexpensive, very effective, and smell spring fresh without the use of toxic chemicals!
Today, I’m going to share with my secret to making a spring fresh home, every time you clean!!
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How to Have a Spring Fresh Home All Year Round:
Begin by clean your home as you normally would, leaving out the floors. Need some new ideas? Use one my cleaning checklist like one found in my Clever Strategies to Naturally Spring Clean or my 8 Unexpected Tactics to Speed Clean.
Mix together a batch of my favorite Lemon Myrtle Carpet Refresher. Sprinkle is over rugs and carpet and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before vacuuming to reduce odors and release my secret to a spring fresh home – lemon!
1/2 cup baking soda
½ teaspoon lemon myrtle essential oil
1 airtight, 4 ounce shaker container
How to Make Lemon Myrtle Carpet Refresher:
Combine baking soda and lemon myrtle essential oil in a small mixing bowl. Stir until all baking soda clumps have dissolved. Pour the carpet refresher into an airtight container. These are little shaker containers I use and love!
Yields: 1/2 cup
Then whip together a bottle of multipurpose Lemon Vanilla Lemon Spray. This natural remedy can make a big difference in things we don’t launder that often like comforters, shower curtains, and throw blankets.
Add lemon essential oil to your floor cleaner. This one my favorite natural living methods. Not only do I replace toxic household chemicals with a natural solution using this method.
I also get to cut down on paper waste by reusing old hand towels and washcloths!
Find my tutorial for creating natural floor cleaning wipes in No-Nonsense Natural Bathroom Cleaning Methods, That Work.
Want more green recipes for home and beauty? Grab your free copy of my Beginners Guide to Natural Living Book!
So, the next time you clean use this three easy steps to naturally keep a spring fresh home, all year round!
Find more even more ways to naturally clean with lemon in my spring article at the Herbal Academy.
Not ready to make DIY cleaners? Then grab a free 5 piece Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit from the Grove Collaborative!