Welcome to the March 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Spring Cleaning. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean - naturally.
—–When we moved into our home last July, I expected we would need to clean every surface top to bottom. What I didn't expect was that we actually were moving into a spotlessly clean home, filled with remnant gallons of chemical-ridden cleaners.
Under every sink and in every closet there was a bottle of ammonia-based cleaner or bleach! This place was filled with stinky, yucky stuff...but boy was it clean.
Knowing I wanted to keep the home as clean as possible, I considered just using the cleaners that were left for us. I hate to waste anything, and there were gallons of these cleaners!
However, the universe had other ideas. I immediately got pregnant and knew using any and all chemicals to clean was not a possibility.
My trusty friend Pinterest never leads me astray and taught me how many ways three simple ingredients can clean a home. Vinegar, baking soda and citrus fruit.
I started small, by soaking clementine peels in vinegar for a few weeks and making my own multipurpose cleaner for sinks and counters.
From there, I realized I could use old newspapers with the multipurpose cleaner to keep windows and mirrors spotless.
When I refinished my childhood desk, painting it red from white, not only did Princess step through the red paint and trek it up our staircase (with ivory carpeting), but Hubs accidentally followed suit and drug the red paint through our home as well.
How do you get red paint out of ivory carpet? Baking soda, vinegar and a lot of scrubbing.
You can imagine when it comes to spring cleaning, especially since we are prepping for little Billy's arrival in a mere seven weeks, I will use my three trusty ingredients: vinegar, baking soda and citrus fruit!
I buy everything in bulk, so Costco saves the day yet again with bulk lemons, white vinegar and thirteen pound bags of baking soda. I can get a lot of cleaning done for pennies!!
From sinks to faucets to toilets to tubs, with these three ingredients, some reusable rags and a little elbow grease I can get anything clean.
What's your spring cleaning secret?
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