I know it hurts but we have to face it…summertime is over!
No, don’t be sad, we must hold on to the beautiful memories and look forward to new adventures, to set new goals and brand-new dreams for the season that’s about to start. Let’s get rid of all useless, negative thoughts.
Once you start something, it’s like you’re already half-way there, so let’s make a good start by cleaning your house! With a doze of willpower, a dash of imagination and some valuable…“grandma tips”, we can have our house sparkling and be very eco-friendly about it! We may not remember it but all of our “modern”, eco-friendly methods of cleaning, are none other than the ways people used to clean their houses in the past, when, for lack of ready products, they inadvertently also protected the environment!
Apart from the eco-friendly aspect, we should also consider the cost cutting one, since we will be using simple things we already have at our houses, instead of specialized cleaning products! So, let’s see…
- Green soap
This is our most useful tool and our most faithful ally. It is probably well-known that green soap is made of olive oil! So, unwrap that bar of green soap you once bought at that pretty little village in your favourite island and use it!
Green soap makes a beautiful, rich lather which you will use to clean your doors, windows, shutters and tiles. When you’re through with the house cleaning by the way, keep using the soap for your personal hygiene as it leaves your skin perfectly moisturized!
- Mountain Tea
Perfect for wooden surfaces! Boil some and let it cool in a jar. Then take a piece of cloth, dip it in and wipe tables, doors, cupboards, and any other wooden surface! Use a dry cloth afterwards and get ready to be stunned by all the shining!
- Magic Vinegar
Vinegar is pure sorcery! Except for everything wonderful it does in food preparations, it is also a powerful cleaning agent! Add a cup of vinegar in a bucket of water and mop the floors with it. Your floor will be gleaming but not at all slippery since vinegar is absorbed by the pores of the tiles.
Also, for your glassware that’s foggy (glasses, vases, bowls), stir a spoonful of salt in a cup of vinegar pour some of the mixture on the glass surfaces and let it sit for an hour. After that, rub it with a brush, rinse well and see it shine!
- Lemon and baking soda
This is a perfect combination for cleaning the grout and tiles! You can also put some of the mixture in a spraying can and use it to clean the whole bathroom. Limescale will just magically disappear!
- Water and glycerin
Are you tired of dusting your furniture all the time? Of course, you are! If you want the dust off and away from your furniture for a long time, there is one simple solution. Fill up a bowl with water and some glycerin, dip a piece of cloth in it (make sure it’s a type that leaves no lint), wring it out well and let it dry. Then, use it to wipe all the surfaces and watch it make the dust disappear from everywhere!
- Baking soda
We all love our interior plants and the truth is that they do perk up space. But wouldn’t it be great if their leaves were shiny? In a natural way, without stifling them with chemicals? How is that possible? With some magic…soda!
Mix water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda and spray on the plants’ leaves from a distance. Then, wipe every leaf with a dry cloth. I know, it’ll take some time, but the result will be worth it!
- Baking soda (vol. 2)
Except for your plants, baking soda is the best way to clean and disinfect your sofa, pillows and your mattress!
Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of your favorite perfume or essential oil, directly on the surfaces. Leave it for about 20 minutes and then remove it with the vacuum. Every stain will disappear and your sofa will be smelling heavenly!
- Egg & vinegar
To give your leather-bound books their old luster back, you simply have to follow this easy recipe.
Mix egg white with a spoonful of vinegar. Whip it well with a fork for 1 minute and then use a sponge to apply some of the mixtures directly on the surface of the book covers.
Would you like every piece of fabric in your house, curtains, throws, blankets, duvets, to smell like spring? Well, here is how to make this happen!
Add three drops of your favorite essential oil into a container filled with rosewater and use it to spray on all fabric surfaces. The smell will linger for days and the effect will be dazzling! Make sure you don’t get carried away with the essential oil, because if you add too much it will leave stains where you spray it. So, just 3 drops please.
- Cinnamon and clove
Would you like your house and your wardrobe to smell fresh, to smell…mom? There is a simple way to make this happen.
Find a piece of tulle -everyone has some tulle stashed away in a drawer- and fill it with soap shavings, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and a few lavender twigs. Tie it up in a pouch with a thin thread and hang it in your closet and in random corners around the house. The amazing scent of this combination of herbs, spices and soap will make you walk down a few happy memory lanes. It is truly the ultimate room fragrance.
I wish you all the best…naturally!