Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Of course, we're cleaning!

                                    From the Laundry Basket of the Homegrown Mama

Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but I am tackling the Spring Cleaning list while there is still snow on the ground and gray cloudy skies. As I sit here typing, the windows are open and I'm cold but grateful to enjoy the fresh air!  The majority of my Spring Cleaning is decluttering and organizing, but I do like to give the house a vigorous scrub.  I write out a long list, and pull on my gloves and get going.

The gloves are really only there because I hate having my hands weathered by the hot water.  Recently, I added Dr. Bronner's Castile soap to my arsenal of green cleaning supplies. Once I ran out of a commercially produced green spray cleaner, I decided to recycle the bottle and make my own all purpose cleaner. Hot water, 2 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner's liquid soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil.

I clean pretty much all surfaces in my home with this now: bathroom tiles, the ceramic stove top, the inside of the washer... even the inside of my car!  Two weeks ago, my 3 year old had a bout of carsickness and we thought to try the same solution in our carpet cleaning machine on the upholstery of my car and the carseat.  I've owned that car for years and this is honestly the cleanest that seat has ever been!

If you're a Spring Cleaning type and can't wait to get scrubbing, or at the very least, scrubbing without  harsh chemicals, try this solution!  And if you're looking more tips and tricks... check out this round up from our Spring Cleaning Heroes!


Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

A wonderfully simple recipe. Love the idea of putting it in a carpet cleaner -- wish we could borrow yours to clean our car...

Laura said...

Oh man... I only tell you this story because the realization that the carpet cleaner had an attachment that would do the upholstery didn't hit until after a year of serious car sickness cleanups. The amount of dollars and chemicals wasted... appalling!

robbie @ going green mama said...

Just be careful - essential oils can over time degrade plastic.


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