It’s Time For Spring Cleaning
Have you done your spring cleaning yet? Or maybe you’re like Drew and I –busy boxing up items and getting ready to move! Our Spring Cleaning is going to be right before we move on June 20th. Just in the nick of time since June 20th is actually the last official day of spring. Nothing like waiting until the last minute to get things done! Sometimes that’s how life turns out to be in the Gerry home and our busy schedules.
There’s still have 5 weeks left of Spring (and until we move). So today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite green cleaning recipes. I love using natural cleaning products in my house for so many reasons. Not only does making my own cleaners save me so much money, but it doesn’t put harmful chemicals on our carpets, our walls and into the air we are breathing today. Those harsh chemical cleaners are also very hard on your carpets and paint. So by using natural products you’re also preserving the appearance and life of your home.
So, are you ready to join me and naturally clean your home from top-to-bottom? Let me give you a few tips and then I’ll share the recipes I use in my own home to make it spotless and ready for summer!
Clean Your Carpets and Upholstery
During winter, your fabrics and carpets absorb lots of dirt, germs and all sorts of yuckies. It's time to wash these fabrics thoroughly and prepare them for another year of wear.
You can make your own cleaner at home! What’s better than a natural, eco-friendly, chemical-free way to thoroughly clean your carpets and upholstery this spring and all year round?
Carpet Cleaning Recipes
· 10 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
· 5 drops doTERRA Clove essential oil
· 5 drops doTERRA Cinnamon essential oil
· 2 cups of baking soda
· 2 cups of baking soda
· 10 drops doTERRA Orange or Lemon essential oil
· 5 drops doTERRA Lemongrass essential oil
· 5 drops doTERRA Melaleuca essential oil
Sprinkle a thin layer of the homemade carpet cleaner powder onto your carpet or upholstery. Leave it on for a couple of hours. Vacuum thoroughly with your windows open. Always ensure that your carpets and upholstery are properly dry after spring cleaning.
Pro Tip: Opening your windows can speed up the drying process.
Wash Your Windows and Window Sills
Opening up the windows and letting the summer breeze in after a long winter is absolutely refreshing! But it can also remind you just how dirty and dusty your windows are after a long winter. You’ll need to clean them up and here’s how you can do that with doTERRA.
· 1 1/2 cup of white vinegar
· 1 cup water
· Eight drops each of doTERRA Lemon, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Lime essential oils
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle and wash and wipe down all your windows. This solution leaves you with clean windows and a beautifully fragrant home.
Vacuum the House
This spring, as you thoroughly vacuum your entire house, use some essential oils and some tissues or cotton balls and add them to your vacuum cleaners canister.
Lemon essential oil is a super powerful oil that has strong natural cleaning properties. Sticking a few cotton balls or tissues soaked in 5 to 10 drops of this essential oil into the canister of your vacuum eliminates the dusty vacuum cleaner smell. What’s left is the pleasant lemon essential oil scent that will diffuse throughout your entire home.
· 8-10 drops of doTERRA Lemon essential oil
· 5 cotton or tissue balls
Wipe Down Doorknobs, Handles and Switches
We all know how easy it is to spread infection by touch. Killing off any signs of the cold and flu season this spring is important. Cleaning areas like switches, doorknobs and handles are often overlooked yet they are touched by LOTS of people.
· 8 drops of doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil
· 8 drops of doTERRA Clove essential oil
· 8 drops of doTERRA Sandalwood essential oil
· 1 cup of water
Mix up the oils and water in a spray bottle. Spray on to the area and wipe down thoroughly with a clean cloth.
Mop your Floors
Essential oils are extremely versatile and can work on almost any type of flooring leaving your house naturally clean. Spring is when all the critters wake up and may sometimes try and make their way into our homes, peppermint oil will help with this. It will help you ward off ants, mice and other types insects.
· 1 cup vinegar
· 15 to 20 drops of doTERRA Lemon essential
· 15-20 drops of doTERRA Lavender essential oil (or the scent you prefer)
· A bucket of water
Add the essential oils and vinegar into the bucket of water and mop. The combination of these two essential oils will leave your home smelling great and ward off insects and rodents.
Natural Toilet Cleaning Pods
Forget the toxic chemicals of traditional cleansers and try these do-it-yourself Natural Toilet-Cleaning Pods using Purify Cleansing Blend. Purify’s refreshing and herbal aroma will quickly replace unpleasant odors with a clean scent while eliminating tough odors in a natural, safe way.
1 cup baking soda
¼ cup citric acid
1½ tablespoon unscented castile soap
15 drops Purify Cleansing Blend
- Stir the baking soda and citric acid together until combined.
- Slowly stir in the castile soap and Purify. Stir until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Pack the pod mixture into a mold and let dry at least four hours. If the mixture expands above the mold, firmly press back down.
- Once dry, remove the pods from the mold and store in an airtight container.
- To use, simply drop one into the toilet, wait until the pod stops bubbling, and scrub away!
Before purchasing essential oils, make sure to do your research. The most inexpensive varieties aren’t nearly as pure as therapeutic grade oils. Essential oils from doTERRA are 100% natural and effective.
Incorporating these essential oils in your spring cleaning not only leaves your home clean and fresh but also has the added advantage of keeping your home safe and chemical free! You can order doTERRA products directly from me, here on my site. I’ve hyperlinked everything above that I use and recommend!
You can purchase doTERRA’s products directly here on my site. Click on the links for each of the individual oils, or check out this link to purchase the entire kit of oils for your spring cleaning!