Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Cleaning Tips

It's Spring and I feel as though I have been trapped in my dusty house forever.  My cleaning routine has been out of whack for almost a year.  I have honestly been slacking off since I had surgery last April.  However, now is the time to get things back in order.

One thing I have neglected to clean is the ceiling fans.  They are covered in thick dust and need to be cleaned before anyone turns them on and they create a dust cloud.  I saw this tip on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try and it worked great!  You just use an old pillow case, put each blade inside it and swipe off the majority of the dust trapping it inside the pillow case.  This was great because then the dust was not floating around in the air irritating my eyes and nose.
After that step I just used a wet rag and some Thieves cleaner to wipe everything down really good including the light fixtures.
We can't wait to start eating the foods of Spring and Summer and strawberries are definitely one of those flavors.  So, I have found myself washing and slicing a lot of strawberries lately.  I like to put the strawberries in a big stainless steel bowl with 2 drops of lemon essential oil and water.  I swish them around with my hand and let them sit for a few minutes.  Then I just take them out and slice them up.  You will be amazed at what you find floating around in your dirty water and your strawberries will last longer when you use the lemon oil.  And no...they do not taste lemony.
One more tip I have been using lately is a homemade bleach recipe I found on Pinterest.  I have been working to remove toxins from our every day lives as much as possible and this is a great toxin free recipe for "bleach".  The hydrogen peroxide and lemon are great at whitening and removing stains.
Do you have any favorite cleaning tips to share?  I would love to hear them!