It's Spring time, and you know what that means! It's time to clean up and clear out those winter dust bunnies, and start opening the windows to welcome the freshness of Spring with its new flowers and cut grass.
This year, I wanted to add some new recipes to my cleaning arsenal. I was aiming for a few non-toxic options that mirrored the beauty of Spring, and helped me embrace my cleaning tasks (a miracle in itself). I also wanted them to be relatively simple to make.
Homemade Healthy Recipes for Spring Cleaning
1. Thieves Oil has been around for centuries and is said to be anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, and it's most famous for being used during the 15th century for protection against the plague. For cleaning purposes, it works well on wood, tile, mirrors and glass.
Lemon zest of one large lemon
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup whole cloves
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
To make Thieves Oil concentrate, fill a pot with a quart of water and add the first four ingredients. Heat on the stove top to boiling, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and pour the remaining liquid into a glass jar. Lastly, add the five drops of eucalyptus oil to a mason jar or other glass container and cover with a tight fitting lid. And don't throw your peels and spices away! You can re-use them for another 2-3 batches. Woohoo!
Ways to use Thieves Oil:
- General purpose cleaner that can be used on countertops, tile, stone floors and sinks: Pour 2 cups water into an empty and clean spray bottle, and add 1/4 cup of Thieves Oil concentrate to the bottle.
- Glass and mirror cleaner: Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bottle of the general purpose cleaner.
- Wood cleaner/polish: Place 2 cups warm water in a small bucket or bowl. Add 3 Tbls of Thieves Oil concentrate, 2 drops of dish soap and 1 tsp of olive oil.
2. Organic orange cleaner is an excellent multi-surface cleaner.
1 gallon jar
7 cups of white vinegar
5-7 organic orange peels (you can mix it up and throw in an organic lemon or tangerine peel if you want)
1 clean spray bottle
Put your orange peels in a gallon glass jar and add 7 cups of white vinegar. It will need to sit covered for 2-3 weeks to maximize infusion. Be sure to shake your jar often. Your cleaner will start to turn yellow as it begins to extract the oils from the orange peels. When ready to use, strain the peels and vinegar, and fill the spray bottle with 1/2 to 3/4 cleaner to 1/2 to 1/4 water. You may smell a hint of vinegar when cleaning, but it disappears upon drying and leaves a lovely orange scent.
3. Lemon juice is highly versatile and can be used on cutting boards, non-marble countertops, bathtubs and sinks to disinfect and remove stains. Cut a lemon in half and scrub with the exposed part of the fruit, or you can squeeze lemon juice onto the surface and clean as usual. For extra stain fighting power, sprinkle baking soda on top of the lemon juice and let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing. Sprinkle salt on half a lemon and scrub to remove rust stains from copper, brass and stainless steel.
What homemade cleaning recipes have you come to rely on?
Check out this amazing homemade glass cleaner recipe that really works too!