Although we haven’t had any snow or sub 32 degree weather here in Manhattan Beach I do have a strong desire to dive into Spring with a eco-clean house. This means donating and recycling items we haven’t used in the past year as well as using some elbow grease and really cleaning the nooks and crannies of our place. We have a fabulous lady that helps with the cleaning once every 2 weeks but I am always
disgusted shocked by how gross our teeny house can get in just 14 days…
I’m also truly disgusted by the ingredients in most everyday cleaners…but relieved to know there are lots of natural ways to have a clean house. My go to all purpose cleaner is a combination of baking soda, water, lemon, and a CLEAN sponge. I emphasize clean because sponges are harborers of a cornucopia of bacteria. This concoction can be used on kitchen and bathroom countertops, sinks, bathtubs, showers, you name it. For floors, we don’t wear our shoes in the house, (like at The Green Yogi) which really helps keep out dirt. But every couple days I do a quick pass with our washable Bona microfiber swiffer and Alma, our cleaning lady, polishes them up with a vinegar water solution. At the studio we use tea tree oil after every class to disinfect as well as for a pleasant aroma, click here for directions.
For windows and mirrors I use Seventh Generation‘s glass cleaner with old newspaper instead of paper towels. I don’t know why newspapers work so well to get glass sparkling but they do! I also use Seventh Generation’s laundry detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, dish soap, and dishwasher soap.
If you too want to commit to a greener home but don’t want to deal with homemade solutions check out The Natural Home Guide from vine.com. It’s my go-to online retailer for literally everything, it ships and is on my doorstep in two days (sometimes less) and if you spend more than $50 shipping is free, love that.
Any tips on how you eco-clean your house?