Our Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spring is here, which means it’s time for spring cleaning!  OK, I know that you aren’t as excited about that as I seem to be, but hopefully these tips and tricks will help you when you are getting your house in tip-top shape this spring.

1. Put an organic bed-bug and dust-mite barrier cover on all of your pillows and on your mattress.  Even though natural rubber mattresses naturally repel dust mites (it’s not a very hospitable environment for the little buggers), these covers can also keep the surfaces of your bedding clean, and can be thrown in the wash very easily.  If you have an older innerspring mattress, a dust-mite barrier cover can keep the dust mites away from you.  If you already have covers on your mattress and pillow, this is the time to throw them in the wash.

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2.  Freshen up your non-washable bedding by airing it out in the sun.  Wait for a nice sunny day, and put your wool comforter, pillows, couch cushions, and anything else that can’t go in the washing machine out in a sunny part of your yard.  You can even sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the surface while it sits out in the sun for extra freshness.  The sun is a natural brightener, and will make your bedding feel nice and refreshed.

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3.  Instead of using your dryer to dry your bedding, hang it outside to dry.  Not only will it give you that great straight-off-the-line crispness, it doesn’t cost anything, and is a great way to save on energy costs when you are washing all of your bedding.

Fresh Organic Bedding

4.  Is your house feeling a little stuffy after being closed up for the winter?  Open all of the windows on a nice day, and let it air out.  It makes a huge difference in switching your mind from “winter mode” to “spring mode,” and makes the chore of cleaning a little bit more enjoyable.  If your house is especially stuffy, try one of our HEPA air purifiers.  Lifekind has several different sizes that can handle an area as small as your car to a space as large as 1,300 square feet!

 Lifekind HEPA Air Filter

 

5.  Dust all of your surfaces, starting at the top of the room, and work your way down to the floor, saving vacuuming for last. Don’t forget to wipe down your light fixtures and baseboards to remove contaminants that aggravate allergies.

6.  Vacuum after you have done the rest of the cleaning. If you vacuum first, you will just end up knocking all of the dust from higher up in the room back onto the floor, and you will need to do the floors again.  Save yourself a step.

7.  For hard, water-safe surfaces throughout your house, you can use our All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser.  It is made with grapefruit-seed and orange-peel extract, and has a nice, clean scent, so your house will smell great, without smelling like chemicals.  I usually dilute it for wiping down counters, painted walls and other light-duty cleaning, but also use it full strength for tougher cleaning.AllPurposeKO8.  Flip your mattress!  Most of our mattresses need to be flipped only once a year, and this is the perfect time to do it.  If you have a mattress that doesn’t need to be flipped, you can still rotate it (move the head of the mattress to the foot) so that it wears evenly and will last as long as possible.

Lifekind Organic Kids Mattress
9.  Move all of your appliances and clean out from behind them, including vacuuming off the dust from the back of the fridge, getting the schmutz from around the stove (full-strength Cleaner and Degreaser works great for this!), and all of the lint that hides around your dryer.  These hidden allergens can be annoying your sinuses, even if the rest of your house is spic-and-span clean.

10.  Put a few vases of fresh flowers around your house. Even though this isn’t really cleaning, it is a great way to put a smile on your face and remind yourself that spring is just around the corner after a long, cold winter!shutterstock_73432741
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to change your household air filter.  You should be doing this every month to make sure your HVAC system is working as well as possible, but if you haven’t done it in awhile, do it now!

How to clean your home naturally

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Cleaning your house with natural products doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Most ingredients to make powerful, safe, effective cleaners can be found in the cabinets of most peoples homes. Here is a list of common household products and their uses.

Baking Soda – This can be sprinkled directly onto sinks and tubs before giving them a good scrub. Baking soda can also be used to deodorize sinks and garbage disposals. Pour ½ cup down the drain, trickle a bit of hot water to moisten, and let sit 2 hours, then flush with hot water. I like to put a lemon rind into the garbage disposal after this treatment. Turn on the disposal and it will smell lemony fresh!

Baking soda can also be added to laundry to deodorize and soften clothes. Add ¼ cup to wash cycle.

White Vinegar – Mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. in a spray bottle. Add 5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oils and give it a shake – I personally like clove and lavender as these have powerful disinfecting properties. This concoction can be used to wipe down tables and counter tops, desks and doorknobs. Not to worry about the smell, it will evaporate and dissipate in a few minutes.

White Vinegar is a powerful disinfectant. It can also be poured directly onto mold or mildew in the shower. This will kill the spores.

Rubbing Alcohol –Mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and tablespoon vinegar in a spray bottle to make an excellent glass cleaner. Also cleans chrome fixtures.

Vegetable oil and lemon juice – Mix 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts water into a bowl or spray bottle. Apply to wood furniture and polish off.

If none of these do the trick for you, don’t forget that we carry a full line of Naturally Safer cleaning products.  Go check them out!