8/1/13

Spring Cleaning in Summer: Day Three

In this series, I am sharing my progress of ridding my cabinets of all products that:
  • Are chemical filled
  • Have ingredients I can not pronounce
  • Do not promote self sufficiency
  • Have no value to me whatsoever
  • Just take up space
I also find it necessary to replace those that make us want to cough up a lung when used. I have been really, really, really busy lately. I decided it worth my time to hire a little help on occasion to do some cleaning for me. The first time she came, I remembered to show her my home made cleaners so that we didn't have to inhale toxins long after she left. The second time she came with the express purpose to clean my bathrooms. She disappeared and I forgot to pull out my handy bathroom cleaner. Well, she did a fantastic job. The bathrooms looked amazing after and were worth every penny. Only problem was, we couldn't go in them for 2 days (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration) for the fumes that hung in the air. Whoa Nelly! Is that stuff really necessary for a good clean?  Do yourself and your family a favor and toss them out!
 
Thanks to Martha Stewart, I found a recipe for a soft scrub cleanser a year or so ago that I have loved. It works on showers, on sinks and on tubs. Best part is, the ingredients are all natural and emit no unpleasant nose burning fumes.
 
 
I know her picture looks much prettier than mine, but my sub par photo skills by no means diminish the awesomeness of this scrub. 

 
I put a bit on a scotch bright pad and go over the whole bathroom with it. From sink, to tub to shower tiles and glass door. A little goes a long way. Be sure to keep a lid on it, however, or it will turn into a brick.
 
No bathroom is clean until the toilets sparkle. Check out my replacement for toilet bowl cleaner here! It makes toilets smile! Because a chemical free toilet is a happy toilet.
 
 
I have put off getting rid of the blue bottle of glass cleaner for some time. After all, according to Michael Constantine, a character on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it heals everything from psoriasis to poison ivy. Popular culture aside, Windex will probably melt your hand, so out it goes. 
 
 
You can clean your mirrors with ingredients you pour on your salad. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water, add a few droops of citrus oil (I prefer doTERRA grapefruit oil) and voila! Glass cleaner you can drink. I wouldn't, but you could and the worst it could do is cause you to crave lettuce. Can Windex do that? I think not! Oh, and I know my pic doesn't show it, but if you add citrus oils, be sure to use a glass bottle as over time, they degrade plastic. Ah, life's little lessons.
 
The best key to a great clean was pointed out to me by one of my readers. It is good old fashioned elbow grease. Home made products may not melt off the grime, but they don't melt the lining off the lungs either! It may take more work, but the benefits are good health and maybe a few extra burned calories. Who doesn't need that?
 
There is still more to come next week on the spring cleaning in summer series, including laundry soap, all purpose cleaner, a medicine cabinet makeover, and more!
 
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11 comments:

  1. Gotta try that soft cleanser. It seems strange to tell the family..."wash your hands after touching the counter, I just cleaned it." Gonna tweet and pin this. Have a lovely day!!

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  2. I've heard about vinegar and water for cleaning windows. So why do we resort to Windex..?

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  3. I love all natural homemade cleaners!! Thanks for sharing yours!

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  4. Love all these suggestions. I'm slowly getting rid of all my chemical ridden products and using more natural cleaners. Thanks! Pinning!

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  5. I started using a vinegar/water mix to clean a while ago and feel so much better for it. Non-toxic cleaners are not just better for us directly as we clean, but better for the water supply. Oddly, my mom insists on using those chemical cleaners. Maybe one day she'll listen to her daughter, LOL. Thanks for sharing this great info! I gotta try the soft scrub some day.

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  6. I agree that a little elbow grease goes a long way. Thanks for sharing these tips on Tuesday Greens!

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  7. I did a bit of spring cleaning this summer as well. Love the tips!
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Come on over and share what you've been up to!

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/08/tuesdays-with-twist-19.html

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  8. I love the picture of the happy toilet!

    Thanks for sharing your tips at Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

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  9. Homemade cleaners are the best and they do such a wonderful job! I'll have to try your soft scrub! Thanks for sharing this post as well on the Home Acre Hop, can't wait to see what you'll share tomorrow! Nancy On The Home Front

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  10. Just wanted to let you know I'm going to feature this post on the HomeAcre Hop tomorrow! Do stop by and pick up your I've been featured button!!
    Nancy On The Home Front

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  11. It’s funny how you can use these condiments on your salad and use them as well to clean your household. See, even Mr. Toilet was happy that you gave him something to munch on. Haha! But seriously, vinegar is known for its cleaning capability, just like the baking soda.

    Bo @HJSSupply.com

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