Spring is maybe most powerful fresh-start energy we have all year. The earth is thawing and the days are starting to get longer and brighter again – a happier, healthier overall vibe is just around the corner. It’s time to shake off any winter stagnancy now! This spring, instead of relying on harsh chemical cleaners, get your space feeling truly fresh by using natural, sustainable means. Here are 8 green ways to refresh and brighten up your home.
Rearrange some furniture
According to feng shui, the art of creating a balanced and harmonious environment, if a room feels stagnant or is collecting dust it can symbolize a part of your life that’s stagnant. Rearrange some items – furniture, books, records, plants, art, and stir up the energy. Treat yourself to a few new accents to really make the room pop – check out these hemp products for the home we’re obsessed with right now.
Reassess your closet
Having piles of old clothes shut away behind closed doors can make you feel a little weighed down, right? Reassess your existing warm-weather wardrobe, and whatever you don’t want, give away. Bunz is proof that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. Swap out old clothes or other items and boost your karma points by making someone else happy. If you like the idea of being more minimalist this spring, swap clothes for consumables (pantry staples, plants, etc.)
Deep clean without the toxins
Making the swap from conventional cleaners to natural solutions makes cleaning no more difficult or time consuming – if you’re going to clean, do it chemical-free, we say. Here are a few natural DIY cleaner recipes you can use throughout your home:
- Citrus-infused vinegar disinfectant
Fill a mason jar half-full with lemon peels and cover to almost full with white vinegar. Leave the mixture to sit for a week, then strain the vinegar. Use it as a window or glass cleaner, or for disinfecting kitchen surfaces.
- Baking soda carpet deodorizer
Chop up a handful of mint and thyme (the herbs are optional) and mix with enough baking soda to cover the surface area of a carpet you want to clean. Scatter over your carpet, let it sit overnight, then vacuum it up. Just make sure your vacuum is up for the job, first.
- Salt + borax all-purpose bathroom cleaner
Combine 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax in a mason jar. To use, mix into a paste with water to use on surfaces. It’ll cut through scum just like Mr. Clean.
- Pure castile soap kitchen de-greaser
Mix 2 cups of distilled water (for the streak-free factor) with 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of pure castile soap, and if you want, a few drops of citrus essential oil. Pour into a spray bottle and shake to combine. Use this on the tub, toilet, and sink.
- Baking soda + vinegar drain-o
For slow-draining sinks, sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda
down the drain, and follow with ¼ cup white vinegar. Let it sit for an hour or so, then pour boiling hot water down the drain to rinse clean.
Detox your kitchen
How many condiments have been on your fridge door for longer than you would like to admit? Anything with an expiry date that makes you cringe, anything you don’t remember buying, clear that shit out. When you keep your fridge, freezer, and cupboards organized and clean, it’s that much easier to keep your diet clean.
Revive your pot accessories
Give yourself that new pipe feeling this spring. You can can clean your porcelain, glass, or ceramic accessories with totally natural substances – salt, lemon juice, and plant-based oils. That gunk may not come out as quick as it would if you were using acetone or some other freaky cleansers, but you get to spare your lungs from breathing in chemical residue.
Shower your houseplants (or get some!)
Are you on the houseplant train yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Plants have been called nature’s life support system – having them around can help combat off-gassing from household items that pollute the air we breathe (furniture, paint, plastics, and also cigarette and pot smoke). Get some air-cleansing plants and freshen up the air. If you do have a crew of plant friends already, give them a shower. Flat-leaf plants can get dusty just like any other household item, especially after a dry winter.
Burn some cleansing herbs
After cleaning your place, open up the windows and walk around each room while burning some cleansing herbs. Waft that smoke into the corners and under tables, chairs, beds. Turn a fan on and get the old energy moving up and out.
Don’t tackle spring cleaning all in a day – take it one room at a time, or one of these points at a time. Clean with intention. Feel grateful for your space as you do it. Put on that happy playlist on and start the spring on a positive note.