How To: Spring Cleaning Without Chemicals

by Angela Clark

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I love spring – the promise of new beginnings, bright colors, and fresh scents. I like to take inspiration from the season and make my home crisp and clean, too. However, I tend to run into one big problem – a lot of cleaning products out there are full of chemicals we don’t want in our homes. So where does that leave us? How do we keep our homes clean and smelling fresh without using toxic chemicals?

The answer? Essential oils! I love using essential oils to help disinfect my home and keep it smelling good.

Here are a few blends I use all the time. You may find some work better for you than others, but that’s the beauty and fun of creating your own cleaners. (Bonus tip: check out Steph’s post about cleaning your yoga mat with oils, too!)

 A few precautions before you get started:

  • Essential oils are very concentrated so you should dilute them with white vinegar or water, and keep them out of reach of children.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing, check to see if any of the oils you want to use are contraindicated.
  • Some essential oils can strip varnish off furniture and lemon can bleach surfaces. Always do a small test spot first!
  • As with anything you try for the first time, try small batches to make sure there are no allergies or reactions to any of the oils.

All Purpose Spring Cleaning Spray (Version 1)

  • 1 cup white vinegar (You could also use ½ water and ½ vinegar)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops citrus essential oil

All Purpose Spring Cleaning (Version 2)

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil (and/or clove bud – both have great antiseptic properties)
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops clary sage essential oil

Spring Cleaning Scrub

This one is great for the bathroom where mold can build fast! Also, If you find the tea tree oil to be too strong for your nose, add in a few drops of a citrus.

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • enough water to form a paste
  • 10-15 drops of tea tree oil

Do you have another favorite natural cleaner? Let us know in the comments!

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