Is your home ready for Spring?

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Make DIY cleaning products for pennies on the dollar and make sure your home is up to snuff when it comes to energy consumption.  Emily Gaylord from the Center for Eco Technology in Florence helped us get ready for the season.

Tips for Spring Cleaning

  • 1. Take stock of what you have. See what you need, and what you would like to substitute with greener options.
  • 2. If disposing of cleaning items, make sure you dispose of them correctly. Your town may have a day to drop these items off, or you can use the search function on RecyclingWorksMA.com
  • 3. Donate materials that are cluttering your home to EcoBuilding Bargains or other stores
  • 4. Make your own cleaning options that are safer with less environmental impact. You can also buy these products in bulk to reduce waste.

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Optional: Lemon essential oil
  • Old towels or rags

Instructions:

  • If using lemon essential oil, mix it with baking soda, then sprinkle mixture on spot
  • Allow to sit from an hour to overnight. If not using essential oil, just sprinkle plain baking soda over stain
  • Mix a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle
  • Generously spray this mixture on baking soda and allow to fizz
  • Lay towel or rag over wet spot and press to absorb moisture
  • Depending on the severity and age of stain, several applications may be required

Creamy Soft Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup to 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative, optional)
  • 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)

Directions:

  • Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years. Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent.
  • Suggested uses: Use this creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Use a small amount of olive oil with a soft cloth and rub with the grain onto appliance.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Suggested uses: hard surfaces like counter-tops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors.

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