Spring is in the air. And, as you clean your home whilst spring cleaning, you can be sure to bring some spring air into your home, even on days when you can’t have the windows open. Don’t be so convinced that a store bought cleaner or air freshener is the only way to have that fresh and clean smell in your home. Here are some ways to life hack spring freshness into your home while leaving the toxic chemicals out of the mix.
- Make your own reed diffuser.
Take an old jar, preferably one with a small opening and inside of it place a light carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, a little bit of 90% alcohol (some people use vodka in case you don’t have rubbing alcohol), and 20-25 drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is great for relaxing, vanilla is soothing too. For something more invigorating, use lemonbalm or orange. Place reed diffusers inside the jar. Using bamboo skewers with the sharp tips cut off works too, although it takes longer for the scents to rise up the skewers than the reeds. After the scent has faded, just flip the skewers over to refresh it. And if the entire diffuser runs out of fragrance, it’s very affordable to renew the mixture inside.
- Make your own cleaning system.
Take a clean spray bottle and fill it 2/3 full of white vinegar, then fill with distilled water. Add in some drops lemon essential oil for the astringent properties and scent. Tea tree oil would work to this end as well. Then, take an empty jar and pierce holes in the lid. Fill the jar with baking soda. To clean surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom, spray the vinegar mix and wipe down. Vinegar can cut through nearly any gummy residues (like oil or soapscum) and it also disinfects. For tougher dirt, or for your sinks, sprinkle the baking soda then spray it with the vinegar mix. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and fizz. Scrub all surfaces with a brush or sponge. The baking soda paste acts as a gentle scouring agent that’s safe for delicate porcelain or stainless steel. Rinse thoroughly to remove the baking powder.
- Make your own foaming handsoap.
You don’t have to buy an expensive replacement for that foaming hand soap that just ran out. Just refill it with your own non-toxic and favorite scents. Here’s how: fill the dispenser to about one inch below the top with distilled water. Place about two tablespoons of pure castile liquid soap along with 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oils. Replace cap and voila, a customized to your olfactory senses, non-toxic, foaming hand soap.Have any other life hacks to bring the freshness of spring inside? Share them here!