Spring Cleaning Essentials: A DIY Guide

Toxic Chemicals in Cleaning ProductsWith springtime right around the corner, it’s almost time for spring cleaning! When the chill of winter finally lifts away, it feels so nice to refresh your household with some bubbly scrub-a-dub-dub action. But did you know that many common household cleaners are full of toxins? If you examine the cleaners in your arsenal closely, you’ll likely notice a warning label: “Hazardous to humans and animals.”

Many cleaners contain chlorine or ammonia. Both of these ingredients can cause skin irritation or, worse, harm your respiratory system. Many fragranced cleaners contain phthalates, which are known to disrupt hormonal function. A lot of multipurpose cleaners contain 2-butoxyethanol, which can give you a sore throat or even damage your heart, liver, and kidneys.

When you use cleaners that contain powerful chemicals, you also run the risk of causing harmful chemical reactions. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia creates a toxic vapor that can make you sick.

At Grund, we believe that the home is a sacred space, where it’s more important than ever for you, your children, and even your pets to feel happy, safe, and healthy. Luckily, there are natural alternatives to toxic cleaners that will give you the same hygienic results without the danger. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite DIY cleaning hacks to help you move one step closer to cleaner, greener living this spring.

  1.  DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
    Combine 4 tablespoons of baking soda per quart of warm water. This easy combo is great for cleaning surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom. Bonus: It deodorizes like a champ!

    Vinegar

    For a scented all-purpose cleaner, mix half water with half vinegar. Stir in a fragrant addition like sliced citrus fruit, rosemary, mint, or lavender, then allow it to sit for at least a week. You can spritz this combo on everything from your windows to towels and carpets. Just don’t use it on hardwood floors or granite or marble countertops.

  2. DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner
    We recommend washing hardwood floors with warm water scented with a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance. You might have heard that hardwood floors can be cleaned with vinegar as well. This is true, but we only recommend vinegar when your floors are particularly dirty. Prolonged use of vinegar can make your floors less shiny, so save it for special occasions.

  3. DIY Shower Cleaner
    Make a solution of two parts vinegar per three parts water, then add as much or as little lemon juice as you please. You’ll be amazed by how well vinegar breaks down soap scum. It also prevents and removes mold and mildew.

  4. DIY Air Freshener
     In a spray bottle, combine two cups of water with one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. Then, you can get creative with your scents! You can create your own signature blend of essential oils (about 10 drops should do the trick) or infuse your solution with fresh ingredients like rosemary or lemon slices.

 Essential Oils

We feel certain that these DIY tricks will make your spring cleaning a safer, happier, and greener experience. You can clean with confidence, knowing exactly what you’re spraying and scrubbing through your home. Not only will you feel great having your home spic and span, you’ll be proud you took the initiative to make your own cleaning products from scratch. Happy cleaning!

Do you have a DIY cleaning recipe to share? We’d love to hear from you!