Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner and we are all getting the urge to spring clean and wipe away those winter ‘blah’ dust bunnies!
A spring clean should always start with a complete dusting of your home from ceiling to floorboards. It is also important to note that cleaning your home with eco-friendly products is a much safer alternative for you and your family.
Many cleaning products that consumer’s regard as safe are full of harmful chemicals that pose threats to humans and wildlife alike. Did you ever wonder why you get a headache while cleaning the house?
Here’s an interesting fact:
In the past 20 years, 15 percent of the 80,000 new chemicals that have been invented since the 1950’s have been tested for health and safety, and none of them have been tested in combination! Furthermore, almost 2,000 new chemicals are introduced each year, seven new chemicals per day!
When looking for an eco-friendly household cleaner, check for a certification symbol because phrases such as “All Natural” and “Toxic Free” lead us to believe a product is safe; however, something can be “All Natural” and still be hazardous. For instance, tobacco, uranium, crude oil, mercury, and arsenic, are ALL natural!
Also shop locally, where possible, and look for cleaning products for your home that you trust. EcoMax, Green Beaver and Reinhart Vinegar (with locations in Stayner, Toronto, Quebec and a co-packing unit in B.C.).
Here is a short list of simple things you can do when spring cleaning from Century 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage:
1) Start with the dusting on the highest level of the home.
Use a dusting handle and vacuum for the walls and ledges and warm soapy water for the windowsills and ledges on windows. Dry off the wet ledges and sills with a cloth once clean. And, get rid of those flies, bees and ladybugs that have been hibernating all winter long because they may just start to wake up soon.
2) Organize your closets and pack up all your winter apparel in Rubbermaid containers that are sealed and safe from mold.
Once you’ve cleaned your closets, you’re ready to vacuum up any dust particles or icky bugs that have fallen to the floor.
3) Tackle your kitchen and bathroom/s with a full scrub down.
Use a natural degreaser for the stoves, toilets and sinks; but, be sure to wipe them all clean with a dry cloth afterward.
Empty spray bottle
1 Tablespoon natural dish soap
Fill with water
Add a few drops of therapeutic essential oil (such as cloves, orange or lemon).
Don’t forget to clean out the fridge and freezer, after you have taken all the food out and disposed of the old stuff after defrosting it, and then fully wipe the fridge and freezer down with your homemade degreaser (an all-purpose eco-friendly cleaner will work as well).
This should be a good start when you find a little extra time in your home to clean. Once all this snow melts, we’ll be out in the yard! We are all looking forward to some warmer weather here at Century 21 and what a perfect time to be preparing a spring clean.
News provided by #Century21Millennium.
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