With spring upon us and all of us spending more time at home than ever, a deep clean may be just what we need to spark fresh life into the monotony of quarantine. While few of us may enjoy the process of a deep annual clean (unless you’re a Type 1 on the Enneagram!) the feeling of clean windows and cabinets free of sticky jam is completely worth it.
Today I thought it would be fun to walk through an ultimate chemical-free spring cleaning checklist together. There’s a printable checklist from Martha Stewart HERE that we LOVE. It walks you through how to deep clean each room in your home with toxic-free cleaning supplies. Feel free to adjust it for your own home’s layout and start in the room that motivates you the most. Grab your rubber gloves, your spray bottles, and your essential oils and let’s get started!
Get Your Arsenal of Cleaning Supplies Ready
Before you jump into battle, spend some time taking inventory of what cleaning supplies you already have on hand and what you will need to add.
- A good eco-friendly mop with a machine-washable cover – we love THIS one and THIS one.
- Reusable spray bottles – we love THESE.
- Citrusy essential oils, such as Lemon, Lime, and Tangerine
- White Vinegar
- An all-purpose cleanser – recipe down below
- Plant-based sponges
Wipe Everything Down
Save yourself time by using the hose on your vacuum to quickly remove dust from all of the surfaces you’ll be wiping down – blinds, ceiling fans, the top of bookshelves, cabinets, etc. Use your spray bottle with an all-purpose cleanser and a reusable rag to wipe down surfaces. Go room to room, pop in earbuds, and listen to a book on audio or a podcast while you tackle this chore in chunks.
All Purpose Cleaner
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 1 ¾ cups water
- 30 drops essential oils
ESSENTIAL OIL COMBOS
- 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
- 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Orange
- 15 drops each Grapefruit and your favorite Immune Blend (such as Thieves or On-Guard)
- Add all ingredients to 16 ounce spray bottle.
- Shake thoroughly. Spritz on surfaces and wipe clean.
Smelling fresh like lemons and lavender already?
Good! Let’s keep going!
Vacuum and Clean the Floors
I feel like clean floors are the gateway to a clean house. It’s the keystone habit that unlocks other good habits and those citrusy oils I use make me feel like I can tackle the world that day (or another day in quarantine!) My advice is to invest in a good mop if you have a lot of square footage not covered in carpet. This is the one I have that I love, but I’m also thinking about investing in THIS one for a quicker clean of all of the hardwoods in our home.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner Recipe
- 1 gallon hot water
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup non-toxic concentrate cleaner (Thieves from YL or On-Guard from Doterra)
- 3-5 drops Orange EO or Pine EO
Add the above together in a bucket. Using a soft cleaning cloth, soak the cloth into the water, ring excess water, and wash a small 4×4 section of floor. Immediately wipe dry with a soft cloth and move to the next section of flooring.
A note on rugs…
When doing a deep clean, go the extra step to remove your rugs and mop the floors underneath. You can also shampoo your rugs yourself if they are synthetic or backed with a waterproof backing. Use a rotary shampoo machine or a hot-water extraction machine. If your rugs are made of wool or do not have a waterproof backing, they need to be professionally cleaned.
A note on tile…
Grout in between tiles wears down and becomes stained easily, especially if it wasn’t sealed properly. Did you know you can reseal your grout?! Use THIS tutorial to learn what and how to apply sealer to grout with a small foam brush. Promise, it’s easy!
Dust Shelves And Surfaces
Always work from the top down and vacuum as the dust falls and settles. Start with the ceiling fans, the tops of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, and work your way down towards the tops of shelves, book cases. Take everything off of shelves and surfaces that collect dust (including books, glass figurines, picture frames, trays and bowls, etc.) and dust thoroughly with a feather duster. Wipe surfaces down with a damp cloth. Avoid using aerosol dusting sprays as they often contain toxic ingredients.
Clean Upholstered Furniture
Take removable cushions from furniture outside and beat to let the dust out. If there are stains (hello, kids!) check the care labels for wash methods. Use the hose or upholstery attachment on your vacuum to clear out the nasty stuff under those couch cushions and corners. Or is it just me that has kids that store their leftover cereal within my furniture crevices?!
Check Smoke Detectors
This only takes a minute, but is so important! Go through your house and change the batteries in your smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year) and check to make sure the units are free of dust and working properly.
Polish Wood Furniture
Something about polishing wood furniture reminds me of my grandparents and how carefully they took care of their things. To polish wood furniture, first wipe down surfaces with damp cloth. Using a cotton cloth folded into a couple layers apply polish, such as Bee’s Wax. (This wax can also be used on marble, granite, glass, stainless steel and leather.)
Wash Windows and Drapes
It’s nice to get those windows squeaky clean to let the sunshine in! First, take the drapes down and check care labels. Many window treatments can be machine washed while you’re tackling the rest of the window screens and blinds.
Wipe down wood/metal/vinyl blinds with a damp cloth and a mixture of warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent.
Using warm water and mild dishwashing soap (or the all-purpose cleaner up above) spray window screens and scrub with a brush till clean.
Clean glass with non-toxic glass cleaner below.
Non-Toxic Glass Cleaner
- 2 cups of water (distilled or filtered is best so it doesn’t leave residue)
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 10 drops essential oil of choice – I use lemon (optional- but it helps cut the vinegar smell)
Fill Diffusers and Enjoy Your Spring Clean
When you’re alllll done with that chemical-free spring cleaning, fill up your diffusers with your favorite essential oil blends, prop your feet up, and enjoy your fresh house! I like to make some of my favorite diffuser blends ahead of time and put them in a dropper bottle by my diffusers. You can use our dropper bottles in our So Fresh + So Clean set HERE.
Happy spring cleaning!!!