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Spring Cleaning

2020

Spring Cleaning Tips. The natural way.

The welcoming of spring oftentimes includes a revitalizing cleanse of your home. But did you know that most store-bought cleaners can cause harm to your family's health? The American Lung Association states,

"While cleaning is essential to our health, cleaning products often include harmful chemicals that can irritate the eyes or throat, cause headaches and other health problems, including cancer. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other harmful ingredients include ammonia and bleach." {learn more here}

The internet can be a helpful resource when looking to gain knowledge about healthy cleaning alternatives, but can also become an overwhelming and timely task. But don’t worry, mama. If you’re looking to make small changes to get started right away, we've come to the rescue! Check out our tips below for cleaning options to get your home sparkly clean while keeping your family's health in mind, too!

Tip 1 - Make your own products.

All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser - Head to your nearest dollar store and pick up an oversized spray bottle. Grab a sharpie and label it so the hubby doesn't think it's the kids' newest hair detangler.

Ingredients:

1/4c vinegar

1/4c Dawn

1c water

Directions: Add the above to a spray bottle. Attach the lid, shake and spray to the soiled area. → Psssst... We hear this is Danielle Fertig's (a F4MLou Body Back and Boost mama) #1 all-around fave cleaner.

Streak-Free Window and Glass Cleanser - While you're at the dollar store grabbing a spray bottle for the all-purpose cleanser, grab an extra one for your DIY glass cleaner, too!

Ingredients:

1/4c rubbing alcohol

1/4c white vinegar

1 tbsp cornstarch

1c water

Directions: Add the above to a spray bottle. Attach the lid, shake and spray onto the glass surface. → For more pointers, click here.

Tip 2 - There's no shame in buying.

Not looking to experiment with cleaning recipes? No judgment here. You can still make healthier buying selections that will create positive changes for the air your family is breathing, too! Here are a few of our go-to brands.

All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser - Thieves Household Cleaner will not only make your home smell amazing but every room will be feeling, so fresh and so clean clean (ya like what we did there? ha).

Window Cleaner - Check out ATTITUDE's Hypoallergenic Window and Mirror cleaner for a great option that will have you spraying with confidence.

Tip 3 - Don't forget about the air.

Purchase a Snake Plant - This plant provides many air-purifying benefits such as absorbing pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, xylen, and toluene. What we love most is that it's low maintenance and add a touch of color to any room!

Find this plant locally at Home Depot or online with many other air purifying options at aerifyplants.com.

Buy a HEPA Air Purifier - Not ready to take the plunge of caring for a plant? Purchase a HEPA Air Purifier like this one, to count on getting the job done. These bad boys are known for helping with allergens, pet dander, germs and odor - just to name a few.

Skip the Plugins & Opt for Simmering Potpourri*- Plug-in air fresheners release toxins into the air which can cause a wide range of health problems. Instead, create a custom aroma by whipping up a quick pot of Simmering Potpourri. Try one of the recipes below to help you get started!

Eucalyptus & Lemon Simmering Potpourri - Eucalyptus cleans the air and is great for seasonal allergies, while lemon leaves a fresh and clean smell.

Orange and Ginger - Chemical-free, springy vibes!

Lime, Rosemary and Vanilla - A great choice for hosting a play date kind of morning.

*HINT HINT... throw some Simmering Potpourri in a cute mason jar for a fun gift idea.