Tips for Healthy Spring Cleaning

Hello Loyal Soup People! With the new season comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Many people take full weekends to open the windows and deep clean their homes. Unfortunately, many of the commercially available cleaners contain very harsh chemicals that can be harmful to our skin, eyes, and lungs. This week I’d like to offer a few suggestions for natural cleaning solutions that are better for our bodies and the environment. They are also quite inexpensive!

– Glass cleaner. Steep eight bags of black tea in 1.5 cups of boiling water for approximately five minutes. Once the water has cooled, transfer it to a spray bottle. Black tea contains tannins which act as a great cleaning agent and don’t streak or stain.

– Bathroom solution. Bathroom cleaners may often contain the most harmful chemicals. Try combining one cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of castile soap and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Use this solution to scrub your sinks, tubs, and tile. Make a big batch and store this cleaner in a mason jar.

– Toilet bowl cleaner. Combine one cup of distilled white vinegar with 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Spray this solution generously into your toilet and let it sit for two to three minutes. Then, add 1/2 cup of baking soda and start scrubbing.

You can find many other green and healthy cleaning tips online. Discover the power of white vinegar! This magical (and extremely cheap) liquid can clean everything from apples to stoves! Say goodbye to expensive and unhealthy harsh chemicals!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!