Thursday, April 25, 2013


I just wanted to share my 3 favorite natural cleaning items... and if I had to add 2 more, they would be salt and peroxide!!!!
Its spring cleaning time...and I think I am a fairly clean and orderly person until I embark on my spring cleaning list!!! I start lifting things up and moving them around and eeeeeek!!!! total humiliation!!!
anyway, I got to thinking about sharing some easy(and might I add way cheaper than chemicals) cleaning solutions I  have....and in all honestly, they smell better and work just as well as their chemical counterparts. I personally find the smell of bleach to be most offensive... so here ya go!

and as a p.s..... I am closing out the drawing for a gift certificate to on April this is your last chance to make a comment or become a follower to get entries.

Window Cleaner: use one part distilled water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle to clean glass surfaces. Using linen dishtowels will leave a streak free and lint free shine...If you don't like the scent of the vinegar you may add a few drops of  essential oil to this mix also

sinks and tubs: cut a lemon in half and sprinkle with course salt, using the lemon as a natural scouring pad. sometimes I will also sprinkle my tub and sinks with baking soda for an additional abrasive element.
note: lemon also has natural anti-bacterial elements, to help eliminate nasty germys. 

drain cleaner: ever seen the horrific ingredients list on drain cleaners???? yikes! here is the solution, i swear by, and to be honest it  works wayyyyyyy better than the store bought death in a bottle. pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain, then pour 1 cup vinegar in the drain and let sit for 5 minutes. you will see it fizz and bubble up, this is what its supposed to do! After the 5 minutes, flush the drain with boiling water...the result, unclogged drain and no stinky drain smell...i do this every week to 2 weeks to keep it from clogging in the first place.

and of course vinegar makes the ultimate natural coffee maker cleaner! run 2 parts vinegar to 8 parts water through with no filter. Then run 2 to 3 pots water through your machine to remove all residue.

another environmentally conscious tip: avoid cleaning supplies that encourage you to create more trash, the top violator is SWIFFER. Yes, its oh so convenient but think of the amount of waste associated with a days cleaning with your swiffer. I use the swiffer with dust rags attached. You still get the convenience of the swiffer, minus the waste. I do not buy paper towels. I use only reusable rags and I keep lysol wipes in stock for emergency only uses.

hope this makes your spring cleaning smooth! feel free to add your own natural tips in the comments


  1. Thanks for the tips! I am definitely going to try the lemon and salt idea for scrubbing!

  2. Great idea with the Swiffer ... I agree that the pads are very wasteful; and not to mention expensive! I wish that I were as dedicated as you to spring clean. Just when I think I've got everything under control, I decide to cook a big meal or do a big craft and the whole house gets out of order again. :-/

  3. I also use the vinegar/water spray bottle to clean counters and surfaces in the kitchen & bath. Vinegar kills germs & it's way cheaper! Can use baking soda instead of toilet bowl cleaner, I recycle small jars to keep in the bathrooms. Old tshirts are also good for swiffers and cleaning rags. I love green/frugal ideas!