With spring around the corner, I find myself stuck aboard the cleaning wagon. When I first started making homemade cleaning products, I’d occasionally find it challenging to get an area completely spotless. It can be frustrating to scrub twice as hard, when a chemical-laden spray used to eat through the grime in seconds. Using all the tips I’d learned, I was always able to get it clean, but not without some effort.
The good news is that there’s an easy way to spare myself the intense, muscled scrubbing: the monthly onceover. When I stay on top of things, revisiting each room weekly, the cleaning isn’t more than a basic wipe. Such a relief.
Copy instructions for your favorite cleansers onto recipe cards, laminate them or place in a Ziploc, and stash them in your supply cabinet. It’s also easy to glue a small wooden or cardboard box to the inside of a cabinet door, stack your recipes inside the box, safe but handy.
Hungry for more non-toxic spring cleaning tips?
For quick online references, these sites offer detailed recipes and tips:
- The Green Guide: Tips for housekeeping, cleaning, and much more.
- DIY Network: Check under the “Household Tips” section.
- Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips: Recipes, recipes, recipes!
- The Daily Green: Nontoxic Spring Cleaning article with pictures.
- The Fun Place: List of cleaning tricks to save time and money.
For a handy, tangible reference with fresh recipes, nab one of these books about natural housekeeping from your local library:
- Clean House Clean Planet by Karen Logan
- Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home by Linda Mason Hunter and Mikki Halpin
- The Naturally Clean Home: 100 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Non-Toxic Cleansers by Karyn Siegel-Maier