Those of you who have been here for awhile know I like things chemical free. Essential oils are definitely an added bonus! With spring upon us, it’s important to get that spring cleaning done. Today I want to share my chemical free cleaning – spring cleaning style! So let’s get started.
Cleaning Your Floors
One of the highest traffic areas of our homes is our floors. So it’s important to have a floor cleaner that you trust is all natural and safe. After all, you may have children crawling around (or licking!) those floors. And what about your pets?
Here’s a great tile floor cleaner.
Here’s a laminate floor cleaner: Mix one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 4 cups of water. If you know it’s a dirty job and you need some extra “oomph”, you can add a Tablespoon of vinegar.
Here’s a great option for carpets: Mix one fourth cup Thieves Household Cleaner with two cups of water in your carpet cleaner.
Cleaning Windows & Mirrors
I used to buy all the commercial cleaners for my windows and mirrors, but NOT ANYMORE! Now I simply mix one eighth of a teaspoon of Thieves Household Cleaner with two cups of distilled water. Yes, that little bit of cleaner goes a long way. Just spray it on, and then take a clean cloth to wipe your windows and mirrors clean. Easy peasy chemical free cleaning!
General All-Purpose Cleaner
Many of the spring cleaning projects you’ll be tackling will include light fixtures, countertops, and things of that nature. If you’re looking for a great, all-purpose cleaner – this one is easy! Mix one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with two cups of distilled water. Put it in a spray bottle and go to town! I use this cleaner for all sorts of things from dusting to scrubbing a stubborn spot on my kitchen counter. I <3 it!
Kitchen Stove/Oven Cleaner
I’ll be the first to admit that my oven is an “out of sight, out of mind” type of thing. Aka – I don’t clean it NEARLY as often as I should. But this two ingredient “recipe” uses just vinegar and baking soda and cleans your over almost effortlessly overnight!
You can use the same method for your stove, or use the all purpose cleaner we talked about above.
To say my microwave gets disgusting is an understatement. I never cover food, and neither does hubs. Now we at least have an easy way to clean it so we don’t look like such gross slobs. All you need is a sponge, water, and lemon essential oil. Here is the recipe.
With just vinegar, baking soda, and lemon essential oil – it doesn’t get much easier to clean your dishwasher. Here is the website with directions to help you out. Chemical free cleaning is easy with recipes like this one!
Now that your kitchen is spotless, let’s move into the bathroom. Soap scum has a way of slowly building up in our tubs and showers without us even realizing it. You can get it clean with water and one other ingredient. Here’s a blog post I wrote that tells you all about it.
Grab your vinegar, baking soda, a twist tie, and a plastic baggie. Put one third cup of baking soda in the bag, and then slowly add one cup of white vinegar. It will fizz a bit. Plus this over your showerhead (securing with a twist tie) and leave on anywhere from two hours to overnight. Rinse it off well when you’re done and you’ll have a super clean showerhead again in no time!
Do you have boys (big or small) in the house? Then you probably need a pretty tough toilet bowl cleaner. You can get a great clean with water, vinegar, and baking soda! Simply put about half a cup of baking soda in the bowl, getting it up under the ledge as much as possible. Then pour about a cup of vinegar in as well. Let this sit and fizz for a minute or so. Then scrub away with your toilet brush! You may need to use a spray bottle of vinegar and water to reach up under the lid as well.
Feeling brave enough to try a DIY? Sherri at Overthrow Martha has a three ingredient toilet bomb recipe that I haven’t yet been brave enough to try. Check it out here.
Odds and Ends
Chance are you’re going to need some extra “oomph” for at least some of your cleaning. (I cannot possibly be the only one with super dirty areas, right?!) Make your own soft scrub for those areas that need a deeper clean. Mix together 3 cups of baking soda, three fourths a cup of Thieves Household Cleaner, one tablespoon of vinegar, and 30 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil. Store them in a glass container so you can grab it for all those dirty areas.
Want to make sure you have all of your spring cleaning done? I love this checklist! Literally check off each item as you get it done, and sit back knowing your house is at its cleanest!
If you’re a fan of Thieves Household Cleaner (or plan to become one), you’ll want to print off this easy guide so you can put it in your cupboard and easily reference it every time you want to use your THC.
Lazy Spring Cleaning
Can we be honest with each other for a minute? Sometimes there just simply aren’t enough hours in the day! You go to work, feed the family, take care of a few odds and ends, and cleaning gets pushed to the side – again. But that’s ok! I’ve got some super easy to make cleaning wipes that allow you to clean up in seconds. Spend five minutes making these up, and you’ll have a great cleaning tool handy whenever you need it!
Simply cut a roll of paper towels in half and mix it with 1.5 cups of distilled water and one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner. If you don’t want so much disposable waste, up the water to two cups and use old rags or mis-matched socks. Store them in a seal-tight container, and you have instant cleaning wipes for the car, those quick messes, or any other time you need them!
Hopefully these recipes have helped you tackle your chemical free cleaning – particularly as spring cleaning time is here. If you have any questions or further chemical free cleaning suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
As you may have noticed, many of these recipes call for essential oils. Where can you get them? Oh, I’m so glad you asked! Essential oils are not necessary in order to go chemical free, but they are a great bonus! Once you start using them, you’ll see that they can be used for a multitude of reasons every day. Many can be used to help clean, and you can use them for a variety of reasons in your home.
Check out this link to see how you can actually get your hands on these awesome essential oils.
I am not here to diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a medical professional. You should not use any of the information on this site to replace the medical advice given to you by your primary care physician. More than likely, however, your doctor will not be trained in essential oils, so do your own research first. Be your own health advocate! To practice medicine requires a license…To promote good health does not. I DO offer information to support and teach each of you how to rely on yourself to build better health. I seek to create a community of women and men who support each other on the path to wellness using non-toxic, safe, and natural approaches. Be well! Please note these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This post is for informational purposes only.
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