Spring Cleaning with Natural Products

I’m spring cleaning today…went from the kitchen to the bathroom, to the laundry room….I know that I should stick in one place instead of going from place to place, but it’s spring and I’m giddy for the warmer weather.  I can actually see grass in my yard this morning….still waiting for the first robin.

At our house we like to clean using eco-friendly natural products…I like to make my own.  Again, these things are basic and simple and work great…and I feel like I’m taking good care of my family because there is no toxic residue.

So between making soap, blogging,  painting my living room, and running with my family… I have big ambitions to clean this old farm house from top to bottom. I decided to make myself a list…and stick to it.  At least for a while…I’m going to recruit my boys to clean the clutter, then I’ll do the deep cleaning.

 Somehow cleaning the house in the Spring feels like a mental cleaning and dismissing of winter as well….

 So here’s my list:

 General:

  • Wipe down windowsills and baseboards
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Remove marks from walls- touch up with paint if needed
  • Wipe down doors, clean handles & mouldings
  • Wash, iron and re-hang curtains.
  • Dust picture frames and wall hangings
  • Dust lamp shades
  • Dust plants
  • Steam clean carpets
  • Wash out wastebaskets
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors
  • Wipe down and clean under, between and tops of washer and dryer

 Kitchen:

  • Clean and wipe down refrigerator
  • Clean inside and outside of stove
  • Clean Microwave (I head vinegar water for 1 minute – let it sit and wipe it out).
  • Clean and defrost freezer
  • Wipe down cupboards inside and out

Bedrooms:

  • Wash or dryclean quilts/comforters
  • Organize closets – sort and take some clothes to charity

Outside:

  • Cleann up the Grill
  • Clean up the flower beds
  • Rake the remaining leaves
  • Power wash the driveway
  • Power wash the garbage cans
  • Clean windows outside
  • Straighten and sweep the garage

 Vehicles:

  • Clean out, wipe down and vacuum
  • Take to the car wash

 Now that I have a list, the task seems almost impossible…but once the sun somes out I seem to get a burst of energy that keeps me going.  The reward from a neat and tidy, fresh smelling home is motivating as well. 

A few other thoughts….tuck lavender sachets in drawers and closets…I like to keep on in my kitchen towel drawer.  Scent your vacuum bag with a little essential oil (keeps the dirty, dusty smell at bay)…and put out a bouquet of fresh flowers.  Nothing says spring like daffodils or tulips!

Our lavender laundry sachets come in

Lavender Laundry Sachets, 2-pack $6 http://www.irishtwinssoaps.com

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