It didn’t take very long for our “dreadful” winter to move out of the way, making room for the beautiful spring! It is time to do some spring-cleaning too. It’s very easy to become cluttered, disorganized and just too lazy to get those winter clothes out of your closet. When you do decide to set that goal of creating a serene entrance into the spring, here are a few easy tips you can follow to make your actual cleaning breeze and not an overwhelming chore and why don’t we go a step further and make sure that your clean efforts are also green efforts!

For cleaning supplies pick up a little distilled white vinegar and mix it with water. This is a great and safe way to clean your home; floors, counters, anything really, will sparkle and be germ free without having to use harmful chemicals. If the smell of vinegar initially bothers you, you can add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil. Once you are finished cleaning, the smell of vinegar will dissipate very quickly though, so you might not even need to use aroma.

Vinegar is also great for mold and mildew; just drop some on a cleaning cloth and wipe away.

Use olive oil to polish your furniture; you can also infuse it with essential oils such as lavender, lemon or anything you choose to make your furniture shine and smell amazing. A lot of furniture polish products can contain chemicals that will corrode your furniture over time so why take the risk when you have a perfectly fine cleaner in your kitchen cupboard?

Baking soda makes a great toilet bowl cleaner, drop a little bit on a toilet bowl brush and scrub the deposits away. The baking soda will really make it shine and you won’t have to spend too much money on harmful cleaning products.

For air freshener you can soak a little of your favorite essential oil on cotton balls and put them away in different rooms, you can get creative with this part if you choose. You can use lavender oil in the bedrooms for relaxation, peppermint in your work space to keep you alert, lemon in the bathrooms for that fresh and clean scent.

Invest in a reusable mop and replace those paper towels with fabric; this way you will save money over time and you will reduce your waste. For dusting and cleaning cloths you can use microfiber cloths or make something out of old shirts, pillow cases etc. This is a great way to recycle old fabric you don’t plan on using any more.

Spring-cleaning is not dirty and annoying work when you implement fun ideas; these easy tips will make you feel great about cleaning and you will know that, if you have pets of children, that they will be safe in a home where a little care is placed on not just how you clean, but with what. Happy spring and we hope these tips help you make your home shine!