Get Ready for Spring Cleaning with Green Cleaning Published on March 23, 2016 It’s finally Spring! The time of year when the sun stays out later, creatures emerge from hibernation, and while the rains carry away the impurities of nature, you are reminded that your home could use a thorough cleansing, as well. Here lies the predicament: you desperately need to deep-clean your place and make sure all the germs from the cold and flu season are eradicated, but you also don’t want to cover your countertops in chemicals and those same chemicals floating around in your family’s air. Worry not, we got your back! With these recommendations for green cleaning, we will inform you about which natural cleaners do what and even shock you with the great green cleaning products you probably have sitting in your house right now. Ready to clean green? Essential Oils You’ve heard of them by now – maybe you use them to create a yummy aroma in your home or try diffusing them in your baby’s room to help keep sickness away. But did you know that these magical fluids are eco-friendly cleaners? Below is a brief breakdown of well-known oils and what they do to help keep your home clean and chemical-free: Lemon – both antibacterial and antiviralTea tree – fights germs that cause bacteria and virusesRosemary – both antibacterial and antisepticWild Orange – grease fighterLavender – a natural antibacterialEucalyptus – natural germicidePeppermint – antibacterialCinnamon – antibacterial and antiseptic Hydrogen Peroxide The same stuff your mother would pour on your bleeding wounds? Absolutely! This multi-purpose miracle can replace harsh stain fighters in your laundry to help bring fabric colors back to life or remove yellowing from white material. If you add two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish soap, you make an eco-friendly stain remover. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean your toothbrushes, wash your toilet, and even wipe mildew off hard surfaces, like your kitchen tile. Lemons The yellow thing you put in tea? Absolutely! You can use lemon juice, cut up lemons, or lemon peels to do all sorts of cleansing and deodorizing. Rub a piece of lemon on plastic canisters before washing to avoid stains. Or combine them with water to rinse your microwave or tile grout. Rub lemons on stainless steel or chrome to clean off stains or simply toss the lemon peels through the garbage disposal to remove odor or clean and freshen the blades. Vinegar You can try your hardest, but you’ll keep finding ways to use vinegar in your daily life. This great product can be poured into a dish and put in a room overnight to destroy persistent odors. Take a cup of vinegar and a cup of water to make a fabulous window cleaner, or pour one cup of vinegar into a gallon of water to create the ideal cleaning solution for no-wax floors. Spray vinegar on shower walls to stop mildew or spray it along doorways and windowsills to keep ants away. You can also use pure vinegar as a general cleaner for your countertops. So now you’re prepped with cheap, easy, and most importantly GREEN cleaning products. Here are a couple more tips to get your home ready for spring: Shower baking soda on your carpet a few minutes before you start vacuuming for a natural odor eliminator.Speaking of air fresheners, avoid store bought odor killers, that spray chemicals into your air; instead, boil cinnamon or other herbs and spices you enjoy smelling, bake cookies, or purchase a fragrant plant, such as a lily, for a natural air freshener.Don’t forget to open your windows while you clean to increase air flow and avoid stagnant air, especially if you’re spraying solutions. If you’ve read all this you’re thinking, this is great and all, but ain’t nobody got time for that, try hiring an eco-friendly house cleaning service. Most cleaning services now offer green-cleaning, including Molly Maid, serving both the United States and Canada. So start cleaning and don’t ignore your ducts! The better part of your in-home air arrives through your ducts as part of your HVAC system. Make sure they aren’t neglected during spring cleaning by scheduling an appointment with Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today!