Spring is starting to bloom, little by little. It’s almost time to open the windows and clear away the clutter, grime and general feeling of the long winter.
If you’re like us, you’ll be using handmade products and essential oils into your spring cleaning efforts.
Here are some tools to stock up on before you get started:
Cleaning Rags and Sponges
Try using old tee shirts and worn out towels for cleaning. When buying sponges, look for all-natural materials. Many name brand sponges are full of harsh chemicals. To keep your organic sponge fresh, just toss it in the cutlery rack in your dishwasher.
Empty Spray Bottles
Buy two or three industrial-sized spray bottles at your local hardware store or big box store. You should be able to find them in the cleaning aisle. Use these to put together your heavy duty surface cleaner recipes.
Buy organic castile soap in bulk. You can use it in everything from liquid hand soap to abrasive sink cleaners. Save money and raw materials by getting a big bottle and pouring it into smaller containers as needed.
Hard-working Essential Oils
When using essential oils to clean, you need a few hard-working oils as your foundation. After that, use your stash of essential oils to tweak recipes and create your own favorites. Here’s the bare minimum to stock up on when it comes to cleaning:
- Lemon essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- White Pine essential oil (or pick your favorite piney oil!)
- Lavender essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil