I hope you had a fabulous Easter with your peeps! (Get it?) My whole family got together at my Mom & Dad's house for our traditional egg hunt and taco feed. I don't know how tacos became our Easter tradition, but I'm not complaining!
Seeing how it's spring now, I woke up Saturday morning and decided some spring cleaning is in order. I absolutely loathe cleaning and can never seem to find the "perfect" cleaning products to get the job done. So I decided to go the all-natural route this time. You've probably seen lots of natural cleaning recipes floating around Pinterest lately, and I really wanted to try some of them.
Being the undomesticated diva that I am, most of the "common household items" that the recipes called for were nowhere to be found in my household. Which meant a trip to Safeway to begin the day.
Some items that didn't make the photo were a new mop, a bucket, and three empty spray bottles.
Next, I channeled my inner-chemist and got to mixing. Here are the recipes* I used and some tips I discovered along the way.
All Purpose Cleaner
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Dawn dish soap
- 4 tbsp white vinegar
- 400 mL warm water
My tips: You might want to mix these ingredients in some type of container before adding them to your squirt bottle. I dumped each ingredient one by one into the spray bottle and shook, and things started fizzing out of control and shooting out the lid of the spray bottle, even though it was closed. It still worked but was messy. Maybe if you had a more heavy-duty spray bottle and not a cheapy $2 one, it might work out better for you. Overall I loved this cleaner though. Be sure to wipe it up with a damp cloth or paper towel after spraying, otherwise it does leave a slight residue.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1/4 c baking soda
- 1/4 c borax
- 1 c white vinegar
My tips: I didn't read the directions very carefully and ignored the part that says "place directly into toilet". As in, don't pre-mix these ones. There is a foaming reaction similar to the all-purpose cleaner, and it needs to foam up in the toilet to get the best results. Oh, and if you're like me and have never heard of Borax, you can find it at Safeway next to the powdered laundry soap. (You can also add a scoop of borax to your laundry to get rid of that mildewy towel smell. You know the one I'm talking about, don't pretend that you don't!)
- 1/4 c rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 c warm water
My tips: Pretty self-explanatory. My mirror had a little bit of streaking after this dried, but I think it was mainly user error.
- 1/2 cut grapefruit
- 1/4 c kosher salt
My tips: I've heard of this method before so I had high hopes, but honestly it didn't seem very effective to me. Except for the fruity smell which was great but I still wanted a clean tub. Eventually I gave up and went back to my tried-and-true recipe of dish soap mixed with baking soda.
Heavy Duty Floor Cleaner
- 1/4c white vinegar
- 1 tbsp liquid dish soap
- 1/4 cup baking soad
- 2 gallons tap water, very warm
Mix together in large bucket and mop until floors are clean.
My tips: I really loved this cleaner, it didn't leave my floors sticky at all like other cleaners I've used in the past. I bought a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser mop and it worked great. It feels so good to have squeaky clean floors!
So far I've only managed to deep clean the kitchen and the bathroom. I spent most of the day sorting through bathroom cupboards and discovering that I'm a beauty product hoarder. Seriously, I had so much junk under the sink, it was cray-cray. Tony just shook his head as he probably asked himself what he's gotten himself into buying a house with me.
Lastly, I added some tulips because nothing sets off a clean kitchen like bright and cheery flowers!
Have you done any spring cleaning yet?
*Recipes from He and She Eat Clean and Food.com.