Get Ready for Spring Cleaning with Green Cleaning Published on March 23, 2016 Smell that? It’s Spring. The time of year when the sun stays out later, wildlife comes back from hibernation, and while the spring showers clean away the impurities of the earth, you are reminded that your house could use a good cleaning, as well. Now the dilemma: you want to really deep-clean your home and make sure all the viruses from the cold and flu season are annihilated, but you also don’t want to think about having your surfaces covered in chemicals and those same chemicals floating around in your breathing air. Never fear, we are here! With these suggestions for green cleaning, we will tell you which natural cleaners do what and even amaze you with the fabulous green cleaning products you probably have sitting in your cabinets right now. Ready to clean green? Essential Oils You’ve heard of them by now – you may use them to create a yummy aroma in your home or try diffusing them in your kid’s room to help boost their immunity. But did you know that these fragrant liquids are eco-friendly cleaners? Below is an easy breakdown of well-known oils and what they do to help keep your home clean and chemical-free: Lemon – both antiviral AND antibacterialTea Tree – fights germs (including virus and bacteria-causing germs)Rosemary – antibacterial and antisepticWild Orange – grease fighterLavender – a natural antibacterialEucalyptus – germicidalPeppermint – another antibacterialCinnamon – both antibacterial and antiseptic Hydrogen Peroxide That stuff your mama used to pour on your cuts and scrapes? You betcha. This affordable miracle can replace bleach in your laundry to help bring fabric colors back to life or remove yellowing from white clothing. If you mix two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish soap, you make an eco-friendly stain remover. You can also use the liquid to sanitize your toothbrushes, clean your toilet, and even get mildew off hard surfaces, like your bathroom tile. Lemons The fruit? Why, yes! You can use lemon peels, lemon juice, or cut up lemons to do all types of home cleaning and refreshing. Rub a cut lemon on plastic storage containers before washing to remove stains. Or use them with water to wipe down your microwave or tile grout. Rub lemons on stainless steel or chrome to clean off stains or simply toss the lemon peels through the garbage disposal to eliminate odor or clean and freshen the blades. Vinegar You can search until the end of the Internet, but you’ll keep finding ways to use vinegar in your everyday life. This great liquid can be poured into a dish and placed in a room overnight to eliminate persistent odors. Take one part vinegar and one part water to make a wonderful window cleaner, or pour one cup of vinegar into a gallon of water to create the ideal cleaning product for no-wax floors. Spray vinegar on shower walls to avoid mildew or spray it along exterior doors and windows to keep bugs away. You can also use plain vinegar as a common cleaner throughout your home. Now you’re ready to get to cleaning with your affordable, simple, and – most importantly – GREEN cleaning products. Here are some more ideas to get your home spring cleaned: Scatter baking soda on your carpet prior to vacuuming for a natural odor eliminator.Speaking of odor eliminators, avoid store bought odor killers, that spray chemicals into your air; instead, buy a lily (or other fragrant plant), boil spices like cinnamon, or bake some delicious cookies for a natural air freshener.Keep windows open while you clean to raise air circulation and avoid stagnant air, especially if you’re spraying solutions. If you made it this far you’re thinking, this is good for the environment and all, but ain’t nobody got time for that, look into hiring an eco-friendly cleaning company. Most cleaning services now offer green-cleaning, including Molly Maid, serving both the United States and Canada. So get busy cleaning and don’t ignore your ducts! The majority of your in-home air comes in through your ducts as part of your HVAC system. Make sure they aren’t forgotten during spring cleaning by calling for an appointment with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today!