Organic Cleaning: how to spring clean your home the chemical-free way

Spring is in the air and while I don't daydream about cleaning I do love a clean, fresh-smelling home! I grew up using several "homemade" cleaning products and in the process saved money, didn't harm the environment, and didn't harm ourselves! All you need is a few key ingredients (most likely already in your pantry) to get you started with greening your cleaning.

Go put on some Beatles, Elvis, or whatever gets you motivated, throw open your windows and have at it! You're home will be smiling in no time!

No-Streak Glass Cleaner 1/4 cup undiluted white vinegar, 1 quart water. Divide into spray bottles. Dry with a sheet of crumpled newspaper or a coffee filter.

Tile and Grout Paste 1 cup water and 3 cups baking soda mixed into a paste works great for cleaning tile and grout. Use a toothbrush to scrub the paste into grout.

Furniture Polish Mix 1 cup lemon juice with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp water; lightly apply to furniture using a soft cloth. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then buff.

All Purpose Surface Cleaner Mix together equal parts white vinegar and salt. Scrub surfaces with a natural cleaning cloth.

Here are a few recommended books with tips on "Green Cleaning" if you're looking to dive deeper:

Mrs. Meyers Clean Home

Green Cleaning

Better Basics for the Home