It’s true – spring is very nearly here. Over the past few weeks, the mornings and evenings have been getting just a little lighter. At this time of year, many embark on a spring clean of their home to brush away the cobwebs of a long, dark winter, so to speak. This is done to make both the home and the individuals that live there feel light and breezy, ready for an inspired and wonderful spring and summer ahead!

But many cleaning products on the market are harsh and contribute to the toxic air in homes. What’s the point of making your house all clean with these products when you’re only replacing the dirt with toxicity? Here are a few DIY recipes for eco-friendly products so that you can do your spring cleaning the natural, organic way.

All Purpose Cleaner

This recipe was found here at Freshome and can be used on almost any surface. Lemon essential oil is anti-viral and anti-bacterial, and has an uplifting and calming scent. Mix the following ingredients into a spray bottle.

1 part distilled water

1 part white wine vinegar

12 – 15 drops of lemon essential oil

You can spray this on a soft towel and wipe over almost any surface. For stone surfaces like marble or granite, use a baking soda solution as vinegar isn’t safe for these surfaces.

Glass Cleaner

This recipe was found here at Green Clean Solution. Simply mix the following ingredients into a sterile spray bottle and you have a streak-free glass cleaner to make your windows and screens shine.

1 drop lemon essential oil

¼ of bottle to be white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon eco-friendly washing up liquid

¾ of bottle to be warm water

This recipe is cheap, quick, but effective. There is no need to worry about your home smelling of vinegar as the scent dissipates when it dries. Vinegar is also a natural mould killer, so whilst cleaning your windows, it will also kill the toxic mould around the frame. Lemon essential oil has natural degreasing power, but you can use eucalyptus oil as another which is disinfecting and will also clean your glass effectively.

Bathroom Cleaner

This recipe was found at Moral Fibres. Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties and lavender oil has brilliant diinfectant qualities. Add a 50/50 ratio of cooled boiled water and vinegar to a spray bottle, and then add the rest of the ingredients.

Cooled boiled water

White wine vinegar

20 drops lavender

20 drops tea tree

By spraying this on tiles after showering, it will inhibit the growth of mould and remove soap scum. You can also use it to wipe down the sink, toilet and all other surfaces. Once this solution dries, you will not be able to smell the vinegar. A sublte aroma of lavender and tea tree will remain.

Are you excited for a Spring Clean this year? Do you have any of your own DIY recipes to share? Let us know!

Written by Jess Burman

Wellbeing Writer

(BA) Honours Writing