When you’re ready to throw the windows open, do all the pending home to-dos, and clean out the closets, you need a spring cleaning list to help you get in the right frame of mind to tackle all the things! From washing your floors to dusting the window shades, you can take a streamlined approach to get a few things done in this new season!
Ready to dive right in? We are too!
But before we get into the nitty-gritty with the “to-dos,” we want to discuss a few things. Specifically life-supporting cleaning agents vs. chemical agents.
Natural Cleaning Products
At Freegirl, we take a natural approach to everything in life and want to share with you why it’s important to use healthy cleaning products and which products we recommend!
The Dangers of Cleaning Chemicals
When you’re starting to uncover the many chemicals that surround you in your home, many are shocked by the toxic elements that exist in cleaning agents. From irritating the eyes and throat to causing headaches or other health issues, there are many reasons to avoid traditional cleaners.
The first thing to do is read all the labels of your current cleaners and determine which ones you need to replace. Be sure that they do not contain or have even small amounts of produced fragrances, flammable ingredients, ammonia, bleach, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and more.
Also, companies are not required to list all ingredients found in consumer products. Just because something is labeled as “green” doesn’t necessarily mean they are toxin-free.
As you’re researching ingredients, check out our friends at MADESAFE and the resources found with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Tips for Cleaning With Health in Mind
Be sure to clean in a well-ventilated area - or have a fan going to circulate air in tight spaces.
In your home, you can often create your own cleaning solutions from vinegar and water or baking soda and shop safe cleaning suppliers, to avoid unwanted side-effects!
When You're Pregnant or Have Small Children
Avoid certain chemicals, like bleach and alcohol, and be extremely cautious when handling essential oils and other cleaning solutions. See MADESAFE’s pregnancy guide for more information!
Finding the Right Spring Cleaning Products
Now that you have a good view of what to avoid, here are some naturally-minded companies who make it easy to find the right solutions for your home! Check out these four companies/products and see what you can replace in your home!
Some of our favorites are —
• Bonami for high-scrub areas
• Branch Basics for all-purpose cleaning
• Meliora for all purpose cleaning and dish soaps
• Nellies for laundry
• Natural soft abrasives (feldspar and limestone)
• Absorbs odors
• Effective on kitchen, cookware & bath surfaces
• Available in 14oz and 21oz
• Can replace all of your cleaning supplies
• Dilute with water
Meliora All-Purpose Home Cleaners
• All-Purpose Home Cleaner Refill
• Dish Soap for Handwashing, Lemon
• Dish Soap for Handwashing, Unscented
• Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub – Peppermint Tea Tree
• Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub – Unscented
• All Natural Laundry soda
• Nellies Dishwasher Powder, Automatic
• Nellie's Lamby Dryerballs
Last but not least, check out our complete checklist for natural spring cleaning with a few home-made home cleanser recipes!