After a long winter, I love to open up the windows, put out the summer linens, and give everything a good scrub. I've learned a lot of tricks on how to get the house sparkling without it smelling like chemicals. You can make your house sparkle with just a few simple supplies, many of which are already in your cupboards.
All Purpose Cleaner:
1/2 cup Warm Water
1/2 cup Vinegar
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
15 drops Tea Tree Oil
The Tea Tree oil isn’t necessary, but it does make the cleaner anti-bacterial. So it’s great for wiping down hard surfaces, especially during cold season.
2 Cups warm water
1/4 Cup Castile Soap (like Dr.Bronners)
Mix together in a spray bottle and spray on surface, let sit for a few seconds then wipe off with a damp sponge.
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70 percent)
Mix in spray bottle. Use to clean all glass surfaces or mirrors. I use newspaper instead of paper towels for glass, which may sound strange but it doesn't leave streaks or those little towel fibers behind.
And if making your own cleaners isn't something you want to do, brands like Method, and Seventh Generation, make good quality household cleaners and products you can invest some peace-of-mind in.