5 Must Have Tools for Organic Spring Cleaning – Satsuma Designs

5 Must Have Tools for Organic Spring Cleaning

Happy Spring Folks! Scattered showers have parted and the sun shines in Seattle to welcome sweet spring. Will wonders never cease?! If you're like us at Satsuma Designs, you're planning a little organic spring cleaning and purge to kick off the season. And like us, you may wonder how to keep your cleaning supplies eco-friendly yet powerful. Here are the 5 Must Have Tools for Organic Spring Cleaning.

Whether wiping down window blinds or de-caking pea puree from baseboards, these five natural tools of the spring clean brigade will have your family breathing easy and congratulating you on your domestic Goddess status!

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5 Must Have Tools for Organic Spring Cleaning

Distilled White Vinegar - Purchase a one gallon jug of the stuff from the grocery and store out of little hands. This fundamental ingredient will feature heavily in your homemade cleaning recipes. Try this all-purpose solution to spray on counter tops, cabinet fronts, door handles, bathroom, car, laundry room, nursery and any other place germs linger! Combine the following in a clean spray bottle: 1 part water, 1 part distilled white vinegar, a few dashes of your favorite essential oil. Try tea tree or citrus varieties with naturally antibacterial properties.

Spray Bottle - Pick up a 12 oz spray bottle at your grocery or drugstore or better yet, swing by your local thrift shop and scan the kitchen/home section to pick up a glass or plastic reusable spray bottle. 12 oz or smaller is nice as you'll want to keep your cleaning solutions fresh by replenishing frequently.

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Baking Soda - Welcome Arm & Hammer into your home this spring and see what those pipes can do! Fill an empty sugar or salt shaker with baking soda and sprinkle it on wet surfaces before using a sponge to scrub away bathtub grime and soap scum. For tough stains, combine baking soda with a few drops of water to make a paste and allow it to sit on the stain for a few minutes before sponging off.

Soft Cloths - Clean up a with a dozen. Cut up old t-shirts or flannel shirts for the perfect upcycled cleaning tool. Depending on your preference, aim for 8" square cloths that are easy to use and get into small corners. If you're a current fan of our Terrycloth Wash Cloths and Reusable Wipes and have a few on hand, plan to use these lightweight and absorbent cloths for your cleaning routine.

Lemon Juice - This all natural cleaning powerhouse smells great and works wonders. Keep lemon juice (real thing or all natural bottled juice works too) on hand for tough cleaning jobs and for brightening your white fabrics without bleach. Pre-treat stains on whites by making a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and rubbing into the spot before laundering. Add a few drops for scent to your vinegar spray solution above. Chances are good you may already have these organic and earth-friendly cleaning ingredients in your cupboards. Simply pull them out and start using the full suite of tools at hand to keep your family healthy and your floors clean enough to eat off, which you would never do of course! Five second rule!

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