March 27, 2014

Green Spring Cleaning Challenge

I don't know about you but I just can't get into the spirit of Spring cleaning when there is snow on the ground and the wind is frigid. Mother Nature sure had it in for us this season but eventually it will have to get warm out, right?!?! I decided that even though I am not ready to start my Spring cleaning ritual, I should probably have everything in order so that when the weather does finally turn, I am ready.

Over the last year we have been using some of the recipes I compiled last year for my series, Going Green With Your Spring Cleaning. It was so much fun to do and I am excited this year to go a bit deeper with my cleaning now that we have been in the house over a year. My goal now through the end of the month is to make sure I am well stocked on all of my cleaning agents.



Since last year was the first year I used these recipes I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on their effectiveness and what changes, if any, I would be making this year. Cleaning supplies always seem to be great in the beginning but the real test for me is to see how I feel about them a year later. Overall, I will be using all the same recipes with just a few minor changes here and there. 


I can't believe how well this cleaner has worked for us. The only thing I plan to change about this recipe is to not put the lemons peals into the containers. It was really hard to get these out! I ended up making a new batch each month and kept one bottle in each bathroom and the kitchen for easy access.


I think I was the most impressed with this recipe and how well they worked. We used them on all of our wood surfaces and they gave an amazing shine and smelled like Spring! I whipped up a batch about once a month since one cloth was large enough to cover all of my dusting needs each time. When I was done I just threw them in the washer with our reusable paper towels and kitchen towels. 


After making this last Spring I had second thoughts about it only because we had found a detergent we liked, Baby Ganics. However, this recipe was so easy to make the yielded enough to last us the whole year. It works really well so I will be making another batch this month. We kept this small container in the laundry room and just filled it up when it was running low. We kept the extra in a sealed 5 gallon bucket in the garage.


 This recipe is so simple and them worked just as well as the ones you can buy in the store filled with some pretty nasty chemicals.  We kept them in a plastic container in the freezer and just popped a few in the disposal when it started to smell a little funky.


I'll admit, I am horrible with cleaning our mirrors and windows. Even with little hand prints everywhere, it always seems to be at the bottom of my to-do list. This recipe really did do the trick so I am going to try my best this year to stop finding excuses :) We kept the solution in clear squirt bottles and had one in each bathroom and the kitchen along with the all purpose cleaner. 



I am so excited to begin this little challenge for myself and would love for you to join in! Checking back on March 31st when I will be sharing my Spring Cleaning Checklist to help keep me on track for the month of April. In the meantime, visit your local grocery store to get your supplies to make some of the homemade cleaning recipes I talked about above or search out Pinterest for a few of your own! For step by step instructions on each recipe just click the picture.


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