Houseplants Clean The Air!


 

When spending lots of time indoors, it is very important to have plants around as they provide lots of oxygen and are a natural way to clean and removing toxins from our homes. NASA conducted a study on houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. It was found that plants filter out the common volatile organic compounds and clean our indoor air. Houseplants are like a continual maid service that keeps our house clean. Plants also keep a balanced energy level and pleasant environment. Besides having the great attribute of purifying air, plants are also a great decorative element. Homeowners may want to consider some of the best low light indoor plants to place in rooms of their house if they want a low maintenance plant growing experience.

 

Dracaena: While this slow-growing shrub can get quite tall (up to 15 feet), it’s relatively compact and will make the most out of whatever floor space you can offer it. This plant will take care of gases released by xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which can be introduced by lacquers, varnishes, and sealers.

 

Golden Pothos: Like many other vines, it tackles formaldehyde, but golden pothos also targets carbon monoxide and benzene. Consider placing one in your mudroom or entryway, where car exhaust fumes heavy in formaldehyde are most likely to sneak indoors from the garage.

 

Clivia Miniata: original from southern Africa, it is also known as the Lily plant. The flowers on this indoor plant are very colorful and have a nice, sweet fragrance. It is not a pretentious plant and doesn’t need any special attention.

 

The Peace Lily: This beautiful plant is often placed in bathrooms and laundry rooms as it is known for absorbing mold spores. Besides this, it is also safe for pets. The peace Lily, as its name calls it, is a very peaceful and friendly plant that makes any room feel amazingly fresh!

 

The Snake Plant: It is called this because of its unusual snake-shape. The leaves are long and sharp, with a light shadow of yellowish green on the edges. The snake plant is known for its capacity of absorbing nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. This makes it the best plant for filtrating out chemicals, common in cosmetics or room fresheners.

 

Getting a few houseplants to help improve the air quality and clean your home is a great first step in making your house a healthier place to live.

DIY Softscrub Recipe II


One of our first posts was a recipe for homemade soft-scrub.  We are pleased to introduce a new variation on soft-scrub to our all natural house cleaning recipes. This recipe is designed to make the the toughest house cleaning jobs go quickly.

This recipe’s biggest difference for our original soft-scrub recipe is the addition of Borax, and the omission of white vinegar. We found that the vinegar broke down the baking soda over time, compromising the cleaning power of the scrub. Our new recipe works great for scrubbing out showers, sinks, and tubs, anywhere you would normally use Softscrub  in your housecleaning routine. To add extra kick and some fizz, use in tandem with our Lemon Lift Off! counter top spray. Here is the recipe:

The Cleaning Crew Soft Scrub II

homemade softscrub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 3-4 TBS of water, or enough to make a paste
  • 15-20 drops of essential oil of your choice. Some nice options are: lemon, orange, pine, bergamot.

Stir all ingredients, and store in a tightly sealed jar or container

Window Cleaning Homemade Recipes


Spring is upon us once again in lovely Southern Oregon, and as spring cleaning commences across the Rogue Valley, we are happy to share two simple, economical, and all-natural window cleaning recipes to brighten up your view of all the spring activities underway.

Club Soda Window Cleaner

club soda window cleaner

The first DIY is so simple and inexpensive, it can hardly be called a recipe, but it works so well we had to share!

You will need:

Spray Bottle

Club Soda

That’s it! Yes, this really works. Even on water stains, the carbonation acts as a dissolving agent. The best part: absolutely no smell, and streaks are not an issue. Let us know what you think!

Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol Window Cleaner

natural window cleaning

The second recipe is a simplified version of our multipurpose glass and surface cleaner. This recipe is great for the bathroom, as it also serves as a disinfectant, thanks to the rubbing alcohol.

You will need:

16 oz Spray Bottle

1 Cup distilled vinegar

1/4 to 1/2  Cup rubbing Alcohol

Combine vinegar and alcohol in spray bottle, and fill the rest of the way with water. We haven’t tried this with club soda instead of plain water yet, but we are guessing it would make this solution even more powerful. If you beat us to it, let us know how it works out, we would love to hear from you!

If you liked these tips, you might also enjoy reading about our Good, Better, and Best All-Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaners.

And as always, we invite you to check out the ideas we are collecting on our Window Cleaning Pinterest Board:

 

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House Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide


Cleaning Tip: When you think of peroxide, you usually think of “bleaching” hair. Did you you know that hydrogen peroxide is one of the best ways to remove mildew from bathroom tile and grout? Put it in a spray bottle, spray it on your tile and grout, let it sit for at least 30 minutes, and then scrub with a scrub brush.

Spray bottle too complicated? No worries, just switch the caps!

Lemon Countertop Cleaning Spray


Our latest natural house cleaning recipe:

bottle of DIY Counter top spray, Lemon Lift Off!

This recipe has quickly become my number one go-to cleanser in the kitchen. The grease cutting power of this cheerfully colored concoction is amazing.

Stuck on bits of food and grime on the stove top? Spray a bit of Lemon Lift Off!, let sit for less then a minute, wipe, and done!  Works great as a spot cleaner on my linoleum floor, appliances, and cabinet doors.

Directions:

16 oz Spray Bottle

2 cups Lemon Vinegar

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

Water to fill

Combine the vinegar and the rubbing alcohol first, and then fill the rest of the way with water. If you prefer a lighter solution, cut the vinegar down to 1 cup instead of 2.

Directions for making the vinegar can be found here:

Lemon  Infused Vinegar for Natural House Cleaning

This stuff works better than any of the store bought brands I have tried, and best of all, its inexpensive and easy to make, and does not contain harmful chemicals.

Not recommended for granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, or glass, as the lemon oil leaves faint streaks on shiny surfaces. I have not tested it on wood, caution is recommended.

Happy House Cleaning!

Lemon Infused Vinegar for Natural House Cleaning


Lemon Infused Vinegar

White vinegar is an excellent all natural house cleaning product. Not only is it non-toxic and inexpensive, it has a multitude of uses, and can be scented naturally with citrus peels. Classic and cheery, the scent of lemon is a favorite.

Occasionally I make lemon juice ice cubes; to be stored in Ziploc bags in the freezer for use later. This is a great time to make lemon vinegar, but you can also layer lemon peels and vinegar in a mason jar as you go.

Directions:

1: Remove all inner pulp from lemon (or any citrus) rind

2: Pack loosely into a 1 quart Mason Jar

3: Pour distilled white vinegar over rinds, leaving about 1/2 inch at top.  Gently push rinds down to remove air bubbles if needed.

4: Let sit for 1-3 weeks.

5: Use to add a delicate scent of lemon to your house cleaning routine.

 

So far my favorite use for this bright yellow and mildly scented vinegar has been in a recipe for a DIY counter top cleanser and disinfectant spray, stay tuned for the recipe, coming soon!

For ideas and inspiration on other homemade cleaning recipes, check out our Pinterest Board: 

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Natural House Cleaning in the Kitchen: Lemon and Salt Cutting Board Care


Natural house cleaning methods in the kitchen help ensure food preparation areas are both clean and chemical free. This post is the first in a series of natural cleaning recipes and tips focusing on the kitchen, just in time for the Holiday cooking season.

To remove strong odors from your cutting board, as well as administering some germ busting scrubby action, salt and lemons are the perfect combination.

  • Simply pour on some salt, and scrub with a piece of lemon, making sure to hit all of the surfaces.
  • Rinse with very hot water for good measure, and let dry.
  • And finally, condition board with a layer of coconut oil, which  has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and will help keep your board from drying out and cracking over time.
  • lemons and salt on cutting boardlemon salt and cutting board With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we hope you find our little tidbits interesting and useful, and we would love to hear about your favorite natural cleaning tips and tricks!

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Spring Cleaning Inspiration


Summer is nearly in full swing once more in Southern Oregon, and while some folks have already completed the yearly ritual of clearing out the closets and deep cleaning the house, others are still contemplating the task ahead. It can be hard to keep a clean home for your family especially if it gets messy again not long after! But there are professionals out there that can help change that, by doing a thorough and good clean job for you so that the bits in-between are easier on you and your family to complete.

We are always happy to take on the bulk of spring cleaning for our clients, and we are just a phone call away. However, if you are tackling the job yourself, or would like to brush up on organizing tips and ideas before cracking open the overstuffed closets and drawers and shaking out the dust of winter, we have searched the web for articles to help motivate and inspire.

1) Housekeeping.org – a great blog with plenty of links to useful articles, some of which include information on homemade housecleaning products, right out of the pantry. Good stuff.

2) Motherearthliving.com – Another great blog, focused on using common, inexpensive, and safe ingredients for house cleaning, such as lemon, salt, and vinegar.

3) Oprah.com – And last, but not least, a step by step breakdown of completing the entire house in 8 hours or less, though this of course will depend on the size of your house, and the level of grime and clutter. I am a bit suspicious of the 8 hour promise in this article, but included it anyway, as dusting walls and ceilings and airing mattresses are mentioned; very important for reducing the presence of dust and allergens in the home.

If you are short on time and energy for spring cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are happy to help!

As always, we tailor our housecleaning services to each situation, and specialize in accommodating the particular needs of our clients.

We wish you the best in your spring cleaning endeavors!

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