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Natural Spring Cleaning & Energy-Saving Tips

By Mary Ripley on  March 16, 2017

Spring is here!  Naturally clean your home and save on energy with these spring cleaning tips.

1. Use common household products like lemon, vinegar, and baking soda for cleaning. Not only is this a healthier way to clean and better for the environment, but it will also save you money.  Here are some examples of ways you can use these common household items to clean and deodorize your home.

Easy All-Purpose Cleaning Spray Recipe: Just fill a clean, empty spray bottle with a mixture made up of ½ water and ½ white vinegar. This spray can be used to wipe down windows, mirrors, sinks and counters.

Cleaning with Lemons: Easily clean out the microwave by placing slices of lemon in a bowl of water and heating for 2 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.  Carefully remove the bowl and then wipe down the inside of the microwave.  Throw those lemon slices in the garbage disposal and turn it on to deodorize.  Lemon juice can also help cut grease, soap scum and mineral deposits.

Baking soda isn’t just for baking:  Place a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to help keep odors away.  Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of trash cans, hampers, and even kitty litter boxes to help freshen and deodorize.  Soak food containers that have lingering odors and pots and pans with burnt on food with hot water and baking soda overnight, then rinse in the morning.

2. When dusting, work around the room from highest to lowest. When you are done, you can vacuum up any dust that settles to the floor.  To dust hard to reach areas, place a microfiber cloth on the end of a broom and use a rubber band to secure the cloth.

Energy-Saving Tip: Don’t forget to dust light bulbs and light fixtures. Dirty fixtures and bulbs absorb light, have to work harder and may cost you more in energy bills.

Energy-Saving Tip: Replace the air filter in your furnace every three months to help reduce the amount of dust being circulated through your house and reduce the amount of energy needed to circulate conditioned air through your home.

3. Freshen your house while you vacuum.  Add a small amount of baking soda to the vacuum bag before you vacuum. Your house will have a nice clean scent after you are done vacuuming.

Energy Saving Tip: If your refrigerator has exposed coils, brush and vacuum them at least twice a year. Make sure to remove as much dirt and dust as possible. This simple action twice a year will increase its efficiency, reduce repair calls and extend the life of your refrigerator.

Do you have tips for cleaning with natural ingredients?  Let us know by sharing your tips in the comments below.

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