Spring is just around the corner, which means CLEANING TIME!
If you get freakishly giddy over spring cleaning like I do, you are most likely breaking out those to do checklists and spending your free time daydreaming on home improvement projects. (PLEASE tell me I am not the only one who does this!)
While I make a big point of natural living (heck, I even have a natural living tab on my blog subject line!) I am as guilty as the next gal when it comes to lapsing into using harmful chemicals and wasteful products in my home.
I am going to share the three biggest tips I have found to aid in chemical free spring cleaning, with a huge emphasis on number 3, because it is one of my newest discoveries! You ready folks? Okay, here we go!
1. MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANING SUPPLIES WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS
Kick all those nasty chemicals to the curb, and stock up your kitchen with some all natural, powerful cleaners. Here are some heavy hitters that are completely safe, natural and perfect for cleaning:
Liquid Castille Soap
With just a handful of these ingredients, you can take to Pinterest and make ANY cleaning concoction for ANY room!
Need someplace to start? Check out two of my favorite recipes below:
2. USE NATURAL AIR FRESHENERS
Take a walk down the cleaning aisle and there’s no doubt that fragrance is a major player in the cleaning product industry. These added aromas may encourage us to get our house smelling clean, but could actually be harming our health! Fragrances added to many cleaners can cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, watery eyes, allergies and asthma. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in fragrances are toxic and can even cause Cancer!
I am the absolute guiltiest when it comes to chemical bombing a room with Fabreeze and then calling it clean! I am still in the process of dumping the chemical air fresheners, and it really is one of the best places to start. Toss the chemical laden air fresheners and toxic candles, and instead opt for essential oil scented sprays and beeswax candles! Check out these links below for inspiration:
Need someplace to start? Check out three of my favorite air freshening posts below:
3. SWITCH TO MICROFIBER CLEANING TOOLS
Microfiber is a new discovery for me, so if I am coming on late with this super cleaning bandwagon, please humor me here!
Not only does microfiber prevent excessive waste from paper towel usage, but they are the epitome of true chemical free cleaning. Microfiber is proven to remove over 99% of all bacteria (including e-coli and listeria) from hard flooring surfaces with JUST water.
Gone are the days of using “mystery” chemicals to push around dirt on your floors. Microfiber cloth cleans almost all surfaces, penetrating and removing dirt, grease, oil, grime and over 99% of bacteria using just water!
Do you realize how epic this is?! Germs can multiply easily. Within eight hours, one bacterium can multiply to six million. Microfiber slaughters them all!
But be warned! There are MANY faux microfiber cleaning cloths out there that make lofty claim to being legit, but they are straight up fakes. I think this is why I never really cared for microfiber before finding a legit brand earlier this year… the cheap junk from the dollar store just isn’t real microfiber.
My Personal Recommendation for Microfiber Cleaning
There are only TWO microfiber cloth companies that I can recommend. One is Perfect Clean Microfiber, and the other is e-cloth®. Of the two, I am most impressed with e-cloth® as far as performance and pricing. I recently began using the e-cloth® microfiber mops and floor dusters, and they both perform wonderfully!
They feature modern microfiber technology, adjustable sturdy aluminum handles and a 360 degree swivel base to clean hard to reach places other mops on the market cant.
These mops, with JUST WATER ALONE, remove dust, dirt, pet hair, cobwebs, and allergens from floors, walls, and ceilings. The reusable mop and duster are machine washable and guaranteed for 100 machine washes!
[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]
Learn More About Microfiber e-cloth®
e-cloth® products enable a chemical-free cleaning process that only uses water. Using microfiber technology, proprietary equipment and manufacturing techniques e-cloth® produces superior performing products to meet specific cleaning challenges.
Since its founding in 1995, e-cloth® has rapidly grown into Europe’s No. 1 chemical-free cleaning company. e-cloth® products began being sold in the United States in 2008.
Our aim is to supply the most effective, healthiest and most environmentally friendly cleaning products available at a good value to the consumer.
Our single minded focus on high performance cleaning has created a range of products that clean entirely without chemicals, using just water. The selection includes Single Cloth Packs, Two Cloth Packs, and Multi Cloth Value Packs for general cleaning, for cleaning in specific rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom, and for specific tasks such as cleaning stainless steel, stovetops, and windows.
In additional to exceptional cleaning, e-cloth® products provide significant cost and time savings and real health and environmental benefits versus ordinary cleaning.