Spring is finally here and it’s time for Rittenhouse Square apartments to be refreshed with the start of the new season. Spring cleaning is a staple among most households, but more and more people are looking for natural alternatives to cleaners containing harsh chemicals. For centuries those cleaning their homes have used just a few simple ingredients and you can, too! Here are some great tips for natural spring cleaning.
Just two items in your pantry can work wonders: white vinegar and baking soda. These natural ingredients will be the basis of most of your cleaning product recipes. In addition to being more gentle, they’re cost effective. If you go to the big warehouse stores, large boxes or bottles of these staples will cost $20 combined or less!
Other commonly used ingredients in natural cleaning products include castile soap, essential oils, vodka (the cheap stuff you wouldn’t drink), hydrogen peroxide, and, of course, water.
Here are some natural recipes that will suit spring cleaning needs for Rittenhouse Square apartments:
One part white vinegar mixed with one part water, an equal ratio. This is a great cleaner for windows, stove tops, the inside of a microwave, and any countertop that’s not made of natural stone. Vinegar-based cleaning products should never clean granite, marble, or stone. If you have that kind of countertop in your home, swap the vinegar for vodka or rubbing alcohol.
This is a simple mixture of liquid castile soap and water. Pour the soap into your container until a fifth full, then fill the remainder of the container with water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you’d like a scent to the soap. You can even make the popular foaming hand soap with the addition of some oil.
For this cleaner, it couldn’t be simpler: vinegar (undiluted, in a spray bottle) and baking soda. But for actually cleaning the oven you need some tools: rubber gloves, steel wool, and your very own elbow grease. To clean the oven, you’ll need to remove the racks, and spray on the vinegar. Sprinkle on the baking soda, especially on any greasy spots. Sit back and watch the baking soda bubble while it goes to work cleaning your oven. Let the mixture sit for up to an hour. Come back, put on those rubber gloves, and scrub with the steel wool, using some good elbow grease. Once you wipe the gunk out, your oven will be shiny clean.
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