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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

~ SPRING INTO SPRING CLEANING ~




Hello...Hello Ladies!

Yes! Spring has finally Sprung. And with that many find it the perfect time to do a deeper cleaning of there homes. Its time to open the windows, and allow the sweetness of the fresh air fill your home.

I am a avid DIY Natural home cleaner.  Finding them to be of most benefit , effectint, and inexpensive..
 
 There are a few basic simple supplies needed to begin your journey to becoming a DIY Natural cleaner fanatic, like myself *lol*. Below I will share a few of them, many in which you my already have in your home. And many you can find at your local supermarket, health food store, etc.

Baking Soda-  Also known as bicarbonate of Soda. Which can be found at any supermarket usually in the baking supply isle.

Borax-  A combination of water, oxygen, sodium, and boron.  Comes in powder form normally located in your local supermarket or dept store in the laundry aisle. The most popular brand is 20 Mule Team by the Dial Corporation.

Castile Soap-   liquid castile soap can be found at local health food stores, some supermarkets, and online.

Citrus seed extract- Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural perservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. Often sold as grapefruit seed extract, and can be found at your local health food store or online.

Essential Oils-  These concentrated volatile Oils of plants can be found at health food stores, speciality shops , or on line.

Glycerin- Glycerin is a useful liquid for cleaners, medicines, and some craft projects. Glycerin can be found in art and craft stores, some pharmacies, natural food stores and online.

Washing Soda-  Washing Sodas generic name is sodium carbonate, and it's also known as soda ash. Many super markets and some dept stores carry Arm & Hammer's super washing soda in the laundry isle. If you can not find it there , then try online. I know Amazon carries it.


White Vinegar -  Can be found in your local supermarket in the Oil aisle.

 A great start for Essential oils to do your cleaning:

Citronella - antibacterial

Citrus ( lemon, lime, or sweet orange) -
Lemon- antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial.
Lime- antibiotic, antibacterial.
Sweet Orange-  antibacterial.

Tea Tree- antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial.

Great Herbs to have on hand for your DIY cleaning are :

Basil
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Mint ( any of the mints)
oregano
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme



With all the goodies needed to make your cleaning supplies. You will also be in need of basic equipment.  Many which are probably already on hand. Be sure to label your DIY products with a list of ingredients. A great way to keep your labels nice and tidy, preventing them from getting wet you can cover them with shipping tape or laminate them.

Here are a few items needed:

Plastic Squirt Bottles- Many different sizes are great to have on hand.

Plastic Spray Bottles- small and large sizes are great.

Plastic Containers with shaker tops - I use spice containers or salt shakers.

Glass Jars-  Wide mouth jars with screw top lids work great.

Cotton Cloths- Cloths are much better than paper towels.And frugal, all you have to do is use and toss in wash.

Rags- Old t shirts, old towels, etc.

Cellulose Sponge Cloth- Made of natural cellouse, they are very absorbent, washable, and durable.

Gallon sized buckets- great for those larger jobs.

Mops- It's suggested to use a cotton headed mop for floors and sponge head mop for carpets and walls. Using on walls works great!


I hope this was of some help.  Thanks for stopping by Ladies, take care. And remember to stay fly, naturally healthy, and fabulous!

Zainab1


4 comments:

nappy headed black girl said...

It's great that most of those ingredients can be used on your hair, too. Being green is cheap and practical. You get multiple uses out of one product.

zainab1 said...

Hey there Kay!

Yes! Thats true. I love it. just as you've stated cheap and practical.

Thanks for stopping by Kay. Take Care!

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty.com said...

I went shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday for some things to bring a fresh new look to my apartment. I never need an excuse to buy new stuff though :-)

I was sick this past weekend and didn't get any cleaning done. I would love to get up on it this weekend and will take some of your tips into consideration. Cleaning with natural items is best.

zainab1 said...

Hi Michelle,

I love bed bath and beyond.

Hope you feel better soon. We you can try some of the things listed and see if you like.

Thanks for stopping by, take care!