With the chill of winter leaving us soon, spring is the perfect time to tackle a variety of deep cleaning projects around the house. Some areas are rarely cleaned thoroughly, so it’s important to show them love every so often.
As you work up the courage and stamina to take on these tasks, consider this mind-boggling statistic: the average American family has 25 gallons of toxic chemicals in their home, mostly in the form of conventional cleaners. We unwittingly expose ourselves to dangerous fumes and toxins in an effort to keep our homes “clean”. There are safer alternatives, however, and Aunt Fannie’s is dedicated to sharing those with you.
Crumbs, leaky food containers, and other general debris can leave the inside of your refrigerator a sticky, stinky mess. But before you grab the harsh and caustic bleach, consider that the product you use to clean it will most likely come in direct contact with your food. Instead, opt for a safe cleaning solution like Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar to wipe down shelves and drawers. Our cleaning vinegars are MADE from whole, food-based ingredients. Whole ingredients are evolutionarily adapted to our bodies, making them a healthier option for your family.
Window cleaners may contain ingredients like ammonia that can irritate your lungs. To remove stickers or other residue without the use harsh chemicals, rub a few drops of lemon essential oil into sticky spots from window decals and scrape with a plastic spatula (never use a razor blade, which can scratch the glass!). Spray Glass & Window Vinegar Wash on a dry cloth and wipe the window top to bottom. If the weather allows, wipe the outside of windows and glass doors, too.
No need for a specialty cleaner. Inexpensive baking soda actually neutralizes odor-causing acids to eliminate the funk — so it’s great for freshening up your mattress. For an added aromatherapy boost, combine 1 cup of baking soda with 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil before sprinkling on mattress. Let it sit for an hour, then vacuum it up with your vacuum’s upholstery tool.
While your mattress is airing out, machine wash blankets and pillows on the delicate cycle with cold water and a gentle detergent. Add an extra rinse cycle to get out any lingering detergent, and wash two pillows at a time to keep the machine balanced. Bulky comforters may require a trip to the laundromat. When it’s time to dry, choose the low setting and add a few dryer balls to fluff everything back up.
It may seem counterintuitive to clean the very appliance that is responsible for keeping your belongings clean. But mineral deposits and detergent buildup can reduce the efficiency of each cycle. Remedy this by adding 2 cups of vinegar to the drum and 1 cup of baking soda wherever you normally add your detergent. Run the machine on the longest cold water cycle.
If you have a front-loader, use a rag and all purpose cleaner to wipe the rubber gasket around the door which can be prone to mold and mildew. If you have a top loader, be sure to wipe down under the lid and rim of the tub.