Get Ready for Spring Cleaning with Green Cleaning Published on March 23, 2016 It’s finally Spring! The wonderful time when it’s lighter longer, wildlife comes back from hibernation, and while the rains rinse away the impurities of nature, you are reminded that your house could use a good cleaning, as well. Here lies the predicament: you want to really deep-clean your house and make sure all the germs from the cold and flu season are destroyed, but you also don’t like the idea of having your home surfaces coated in chemicals and those same chemicals floating around in your air. Worry not, we got your back! With these tips on green cleaning, we will inform you about which natural cleaners do what and even surprise you with the great green cleaning products you likely have sitting on your shelf right now. Let’s do this! Essential Oils They’re everywhere these days – maybe you use them to create a yummy aroma in your home or try diffusing them in your baby’s room to help avoid illness. But did you know that these magical fluids are the perfect cleaners? Below we’re provided an easy breakdown of which popular oil does what to help keep your family safe and your home clean: Lemon – both antiviral AND antibacterialTea tree – fights germs bacteria and virusesRosemary – both antibacterial and antisepticWild Orange – grease fighterLavender – antibacterialEucalyptus – a germicidePeppermint – antibacterialCinnamon – antibacterial and antiseptic Hydrogen Peroxide Yes, that same liquid your mom would pour on your open wounds. This affordable miracle can replace harsh stain fighters in your laundry to help brighten clothes or remove yellowing from white material. If you mix two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish soap, you produce a great homemade stain remover. You can also use the liquid to clean your toothbrushes, cleanse your toilet, and even wipe mildew off hard surfaces, like your kitchen tile. Lemons The fruit? Why, yes! You can use lemon juice, cut up lemons, or lemon peels to do all types of cleansing and deodorizing. Rub a sliced lemon on plastic storage containers before washing to remove stains. Or use them with water to clean your microwave or tile grout. Rub them on stainless steel or chrome to clean off stains or just throw 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 day-to-day life. This great cleaner can be poured into a basin and put in a room overnight to remove persistent odors. Take ½ a cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water to make a great window cleaner, or combine one cup of vinegar into a gallon of water to create the ultimate cleaning solution for no-wax floors. Spray vinegar on shower walls to prevent mildew or spray it along exterior doors and windows to keep pests away. You can also use straight vinegar as a common cleaner for your countertops. Now you’re ready to get to cleaning with your affordable, simple, and – most importantly – GREEN cleaning products. Here are some more ideas to get your home spring cleaned: Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet a few minutes before you start vacuuming for a natural air freshener.Speaking of air fresheners, avoid store bought odor eliminators, that spray chemicals into your air; instead, try baking cookies, boiling yummy spices, or buying a plant that emits fragrance, like a lily for a natural air freshener.Don’t forget to open your windows while you clean to raise air circulation and avoid stagnant air, especially if you’re spraying anything. If you made it this far you’re thinking, this is awesome and all, but ain’t nobody got time for that, think about hiring an eco-friendly cleaning company. Most cleaning companies now offer green-cleaning, including Molly Maid, serving both the United States and Canada. So start cleaning and don’t forget 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 forgotten during spring cleaning by scheduling an appointment with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today!