Tidying your house can sap your energy. Supercharge your cleaning with lifestyle expert's Terri Trespicio's DIY cleaning solutions that she adapted from green-cleaning guru Annie Bond, author of Home Enlightenment: Create a Nurturing, Healthy, Toxin-Free Home.
All you need for your spring-cleaning tool kit are five ingredients:
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Nontoxic dish soap
- Essential oils (pepperment, lavender or the fragrance of your choice)
- Tea-tree oil
This recipe is good for all surfaces in your home. Just fill a spritzer bottle with a 1:1 ratio of distilled white vinegar to water.
For an extra boost (and a nice scent), add 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil of your choice (try lavender, peppermint or grapefruit). Shake to blend and use on surfaces or to deodorize the air.
Note: Use care when handling essential oils as they are very strong and can be irritating if applied directly to skin.
Keep this solution in the bathroom and spritz the tiles and curtain every time you use the shower.
Use the same water-vinegar recipe as the All-Purpose Cleaner and add a few drops of tea-tree oil, a potent antibacterial and anti-fungal essential oil great for battling moldy bathrooms and shower curtains or musty basements.
If you're not a fan of tea tree oil's strong scent, add a few drops of another essential oil you like to cover up or lessen the intensity. Terri loves peppermint for this.
Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda to cover the surface (think light snowfall). Squirt some nontoxic dish detergent over it and either leave for a few minutes, or use a sponge or rag and a little bit of water to create a thick paste.
Let sit for a few minutes or overnight if it's really bad. Add a little water to reactivate the mixture and then use a brush to scrub the surface; rinse.
*This solution can also be used on pots or food containers that are sticky, stained or burned. Just let it sit overnight.
Baking soda absorbs moisture and odors – you just have to give it time to work. Sprinkle some baking soda over the carpet and let sit overnight. Vacuum it up in the morning.