Deep Cleaning Guide with Recipes for Natural Household Cleaners
Did you miss the spring cleaning deadline? It is always good to get the house cleaned up to mark the beginning of a new year. However, if you missed the spring cleaning date, it is not too late. You can deep clean the house this weekend and start the next week in a clean, fresh-smelling house. We have even included quick and easy recipes for natural household cleaners.
DIY Non Toxic, Natural Household Cleaners:
- Glass cleaner:
Add to a spray bottle and use to clean glass surfaces like windows, stovetops, mirrors, etc.
- Floor cleaner:
2 cups vinegar
1 cup baking soda
4 liters hot water
2 tablespoon borax
2 tablespoon washing soda
30 drops of Revive Clean essential oil blend (or essential oil of your choice)
Mix in a bucket and use to mop floors.
- Furniture cleaning and polishing spray:
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sweet orange essential oil
½ cup vinegar
3 ½ cups water
Spray on furniture and buff with a microfiber cloth.
- Drain cleaner:
1 cup baking soda
10 drops lemon essential oil
½ cup vinegar
Mix lemon essential oil with baking soda and add to the drain. Pour vinegar in it, plug and wash down with hot water after 30 minutes. This will not only clean your drains, but it will also drive away bad odors and make the sinks smell fresh.
- Bathroom Cleaner:
Mix all the ingredients together and use the paste to clean sinks and bathtubs. Clean with a cloth and rinse.
- Gentle scrub:
12 ounces baking soda
4 ounces Castile Soap
0.5 ounces of water
0.5 ounces vinegar
15 drops of tea tree essential oils
15 drops of Protect essential oil blend (or any other essential oil of your choice)
Mix together and use the paste to clean surfaces that have more built up and need scrubbing.
- Appliance cleaner:
1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil
2-3 drops of Revive Citrus Delight (or sweet orange essential oil)
Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Add a little amount to a soft cloth, preferably microfiber, and clean your steel appliance. Use small circular motions to remove dirt, stains, fingerprints, etc.
- All-purpose disinfectant spray (Thieves oil spray):
15 drops of Revive Immunity Boost which contains Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Cinnamon Bark Essential Oils.
1 teaspoon organic Witch Hazel
2 ounces of distilled water
Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake thoroughly to mix. This all-purpose disinfecting spray helps eliminate disease-carrying pathogens. You can use it on cutting boards, countertops and surfaces, clean children’s toys, clean inside of a refrigerator, and much more.
- Room Freshener:
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake well and spray in the corners that smell musty or stuffy, and need freshening up. The vodka will help keep the fragrance last longer.
Essential oils degrade plastic surfaces so always use glass bottles to store and carry your homemade natural household cleaners.
Easy Guide for Deep Cleaning the House:
Here are some simple steps to deep clean your house. Before you begin, make sure you have all the tools, equipment, and cleaners ready. You may need a pair of gloves, brooms, mops, buckets, scrubs, cleaning supplies, microfiber cloth, sponges, etc. If you prefer using non-toxic, natural household cleaners, you can make your own by using the DIY recipes we have listed below.
1) Start by de-cluttering
As Marie Kondo has been telling American audiences, only keep things that spark joy. The rest can be donated. This is an essential first step. Make sure you go through your stuff in the bedrooms, living room, storage rooms, basements, kitchen, etc. and separate the stuff you need and the stuff that has to go.
2) Arrange closets and cabinets
Once you have decided on what you are keeping, arrange the rest in their respective closets or cabinets. Dust your bookshelf and rearrange the books if needed.
3) Clean all surfaces
Clean all surfaces including windows in the living room, bedroom, children’s playroom, basement, etc. This includes sweeping the floors and stairs if any, dusting artwork, curios, fans, etc., and vacuuming couches and carpets. Make sure you put away stray items by keeping them back in their designated places.
4) Wipe down surfaces
Wipe down all surfaces, table tops, and countertops. You can also polish the furniture.
5) Bathroom cleaning
Clean the toilet, scrub the bathtub and sink, and clean the mirror, floor, and walls. Scrub and wash faucets, shower heads, etc.
6) Pay attention to neglected areas
Next dust and clean smaller things that usually escape notice. This includes doorknobs, light fixtures, electronic equipment, etc.
7) Deep clean the kitchen
Wipe down countertops, clean all appliances, flush out the sink, wash dustbins, set cabinets in order, and empty out the fridge and clean it. Also clean faucets and other fixtures.
8) Clean outdoors:
Mow the lawn. Clean the porch and entryway. Wash your car and clean out the garage.
9) Clean all floors:
Sweep and mop all the floors in the house, preferably using a strong disinfectant.
Your home is now clean and tidy. It is easier to keep your house clean if you simply maintain it after the deep cleaning. If you make it a habit to keep things back in their designated place after use, you won’t have to tackle the problem of a mess. When it comes to avoiding clutter, all you need to do it discard things you know you don’t need and put other things in their correct spots. Also, making sure you clean the house once every week or fortnight will ensure it won’t be in complete disarray at the end of the year.