Spring Cleaning au Naturel

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First, allow me to point out that we're not talking about spring cleaning in the buff. Although a solid argument can be made for this housekeeping method, that is another discussion for another time. Right now we're going to focus on a few quick and dirty tips to get seasonally clean using natural ingredients.

Make your own grapefruit all-purpose cleaner.
Maybe you don't love the taste of grapefruit (which is crazy, BTW), but you can't deny that the scent of grapefruit is synonymous with clean. In this easy tutorial from Five Little Homesteaders all you need is some grapefruit, vinegar, grapefruit essential oil and a spray bottle. Put it in a prettier bottle, add a ribbon and you have yourself a perfect hostess gift.

Keep your fabric fresh with "Febooze"
The Yellow Brick Home coined the phrase for this brilliant recipe for homemade Febreeze or fabric refresher. Reason #728 to like vodka.

All-purpose disinfectant for potty trainers of humans, pets or people with potties
One needn't risk burning one's flesh from the bone to disinfect a home. Try combining 20 drops of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a spray bottle and have at 'er.

When life gives you lemons, clean your bathtub
Mix a few drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice with enough baking soda to make a paste and scrub it into the bathroom grout with an old toothbrush. Let it sit for 10 minutes and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Granted this isn't for overly neglected grout, but perfect for proper maintenance.

Olive oil as elbow grease
A simple combination of 1 cup of olive oil and a 1/4 cup of white vinegar in (you guessed it) a spray bottle makes for a lovely, natural wood polisher. The oil nurtures the wood while the vinegar cleans it.

All-natural and really, really wonderful air-freshener
And last but not even a little bit least, this vanilla and rosemary air-freshener from In Sonnet's Kitchen will make your home a better place and you a better person for making it.

So, there you have it. You can welcome spring into your home without toxins and save a bundle! Happy Spring!

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