Spring has sprung, which means spring cleaning time for many of us.
The products once chosen to deep-clean your house may not be the best choice—particularly as we learn more about the impact of harsh cleaners on our health and the environment in which we live.
Canadian agency Environmental Defence states that popular cleaning products add to indoor air pollution, with possible links to serious health problems like asthma. The American Lung Association agrees, with warnings about irritation to the eyes or throat, as well as headaches and other health problems. And the handling, storage, and disposal of such products cause environmental concerns.
So how can you accomplish spring cleaning in a healthy and environmentally friendly way? How can you clean your home safely, with products that don’t cause health or environmental concerns?
Here’s our list of the 3 best natural products for spring cleaning, and for keeping your house “spick and span” all year round.
1. Castile Soap
You might know about the benefits to your skin of using castile soap, which is made from vegetable oil instead of animal fat or synthetic detergents. But you can use it for more than washing your hands, body or hair. It’s a multi-purpose cleaner that’s ideal for general household cleaning. Simply dilute a tablespoon or two of our liquid castile soap in a bucket of water and use it to clean a multitude of surfaces in your house, including your floors. You can also use it to wash dishes and do your laundry.
With natural scents like Citrus Twist, featuring sweet orange, key lime and lemon essential oils, your house will smell clean too! It’s also available in Peppermint, Lavender, West Coast or unscented Pure + Simple. It’s plant-based and biodegradable, and good for your skin with added castor and avocado oils. So use it to wash you and your kids, and to clean up around them.
2. Lemongrass Bathroom Scrub
You might want some added scouring power in your bathrooms, so reach for Lemongrass Bathroom Scrub for those extra grimy spots in your home’s most-used room. It’s good for you with refreshing lemongrass essential oil, baking soda and—you guessed it—the cleaning power of Castile soap. It’s also good for your bathroom, as it removes dirt and grime from toilet bowls, tile and stainless steel.
To use it, apply a small amount to a cleaning cloth, scrub in a circular motion, then rinse it off. For your toilet bowl, place a small amount in the bowl and scrub with a toilet bowl brush.
3. Orange Bacteria Buster Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Washing any room or performing spot wipe-ups is simple with this spray cleaner that’s made with only six ingredients and sweet orange essential oil. It’s also 10 times more concentrated than an average natural cleaning product, so just a little goes a long way. You can use it everywhere too, as it’s strong enough to tackle your kitchen and bathroom, and safe enough to use in family rooms and bedrooms.
The Multi-Purpose Cleaner is safe for use on many surfaces, including:
- stainless steel
- sealed or painted wood
- and more.