Spring Cleaning the Easy Way

Make your whole house sparkle and shine using baking soda, lemon juice, and white vinegar.

| Spring 2018

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    Baking soda and water made into a paste makes a cheap and effective way to polish silver.
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  • Lemons
    Whole and sliced lemons are useful for cleaning a multitude of things.
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  • Spring Cleaning
    Baking soda, a lemeon, and plain white vinegar sit on a table with a sponge and rag, ready to clean.
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  • Spring Cleaning
    Baking soda and white vinegar sit on a washer and dryer, along with fresh laundered towels.
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  • Spring Cleaning
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  • Spring Cleaning

This time of year, if you're like me, as soon as you see and feel the first warm rays of sunshine, the urge to clean the house, top to bottom, hits. You want to make everything fresh and clean again. You want to open all the windows and let the stale winter air out, exchanging it for clean, fresh air. In my opinion, nothing says spring like a clean house and open windows.

Following are tips for using three staple products most of us always have on hand — baking soda, lemons or lemon juice, and plain white vinegar — to clean a variety of things, as well as a few simple recipes for homemade cleaners that have a permanent place in my cleaning cabinet.

Words of Caution

If you search the web for recipes for homemade cleaners, you'll find that nearly all of them call for some sort of essential oil — not only for smell, but also for their antiseptic and antibacterial properties. If you do a little more research, you'll discover several online sources stating that certain essential oils can be harmful or even fatal to pets. Since I have dogs in the house, I'm not willing to chance it, so I never use essential oils. If you don't have pets, feel free to add a few drops of pine, tea tree, orange, or lemon essential oil to any of the cleaner recipes for a fresh smell and added cleaning benefits.

Also, since it's always better to be safe than sorry, before you use any homemade cleaners on your floors, counters, walls, etc., be sure to test them on a small, inconspicuous area to be sure they're safe to use on your specific surfaces.

Baking Soda

While some people use baking soda just for baking, it does so much more. For starters, it has odor-absorbing properties, which makes it a great deodorizer for the refrigerator, carpets, laundry, and more. It's also mildly abrasive, so it does a fantastic job of cleaning and removing tough stains from floors, countertops, sinks, etc.

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