How to spring clean your home naturally
So, how can you Spring Clean your home naturally?
When it comes to Spring Cleaning and those larger cleaning jobs you may not think that your natural cleaning products aren’t up to the job. But that’s where you’d be wrong as there will be a natural cleaning solution for every task.
You may wonder why people feel the need to Spring Clean at all. It relates back to when homes were heated by wood or coal fires the houses were kept shut tight during the Winter months to keep the heat in. When Spring arrived it was time to open the windows and let the fresh air in and clean the homes of soot and dust.
Nowadays with modern heating we don’t need to keep our homes locked up tight during Winter and very few are heated by open fires so there’s less need for a big Spring Clean.
However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain larger jobs around the home that should be done once or twice a year. Therefore, rather than one traditional Spring Clean I like to schedule these jobs throughout the year as monthly or bi monthly tasks as required.
We’ll still call this our “Spring Clean” but just approach it in a slightly different way.
And, don’t forget the best natural cleaning aids are fresh air and sunshine so it’s still a great idea to throw open those windows and let the clean Spring air help with the job!
The What and When - Why Have a "Spring Cleaning" Schedule?
Before we talk about the How let’s talk about the What and When.
It may seem unnecessary to have a Spring Cleaning schedule as everyone knows what needs to be cleaned in their own homes. But believe me when you break it down into simple tasks of what to do when it makes it so much easier to tackle.
And, if you schedule the big cleaning tasks throughout the year you’ll find it much easier to manage and you’ll always be on top of things.
How to Create your spring cleaning schedule
Everyone will have a slightly different schedule as everyone’s lives are different. If there’s only two of you in a small flat your cleaning tasks aren’t going to be the same as a family of 5 in a large house.
Start planning your own “Spring Cleaning” schedule by making a list of all the large / non routine cleaning tasks in your house that need to be done.
Once you have the list you can then decide how often you want to do them. For instance, you may want to wash the curtains once a year but you may want to wash under / behind the fridge twice a year.
It’s up to you how you plan your cleaning tasks as everyone is different. Some people like to blitz it all in a few days, others will be happier spreading the tasks over different months.
Remember it only takes 3 steps to create your own schedule:
1. Walk round your house and list out all large / non routine cleaning tasks.
2. Decide how often you want to do them.
3. Complete the cleaning schedule template for a handy reference.
And, don’t forget you don’t have to do them all yourself. Keeping the house clean and tidy should be a joint family responsibility.
Download your own Cleaning Schedule and blank templates below (just click on the image)
The How - Natural Cleaning Solutions for your home
Now that you have your list of tasks and you know What you are doing When, it’s time to talk about How.
With most of the cleaning tasks you can just use the normal natural cleaning solutions you would use everyday. For instance you can use the 50:50 vinegar and water general purpose cleaner for washing down the paintwork. And for washing the floors under and behind the fridge just use the natural Floor Cleaning solution recipe.
You can find all the normal natural cleaning recipes for General Purpose Spray, Oven Cleaning, Floor Cleaner, Wood Polish and Window Cleaner etc in my Home Cleaning section.
However, here are a few specific tips on how to freshen up your home room by room when Spring Cleaning :
Bedroom and Living Rooms
Mattress – strip the bed and sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto the mattress, you can add a few drops of essential oil as well. Leave for a couple of hours then vacuum off. If it’s a nice day throw open the windows while you’re waiting to let some fresh air in.
Carpets – make sure you vacuum right under the bed and a great way to freshen up the carpets is to do the same as with the mattress. If you use essential oils and have pets or children make sure you use oils that are safe around them.
Fridge – empty your fridge and give it a good clean with a solution of baking soda dissolved in a bowl of hot water.
Microwave – squeeze half a lemon into a half a cup of water and place in the microwave. Run the microwave for 2 minutes and leave for a couple of minutes, open the door and wipe down the inside.
Cupboards – empty cupboards and wash inside and out. Cupboards in the Kitchen can get quite greasy from cooking so use some washing soda dissolved in hot water to cut through the grease, remember to use gloves as washing soda can irritate your hands.
Chopping boards and wooden utensils – clean with salt and lemon, rinse thoroughly and dry. Once dry oil with fractionated coconut oil.
Happy Spring Cleaning and remember to throw open those windows ans let a little fresh air in while you’re doing it.