Despite temperatures hovering in the 50s, I went ahead today and put on a lighter jacket with no scarf, and left my gloves at home. Was I a little cold on the walk to the subway? Yes. Did I care too much about it? Absolutely not. And flying directly in the face of the fact that I saw the potential for snow next week, I’m declaring it spring.
And with spring comes one of my favorite home rituals – spring cleaning. The time of year where I let the sunshine in and I purge myself of things I haven’t been using, clean the things that need a good scrubbing and just generally get organized so I can be outside as much as possible.
We were so happy when the folks at About.com sent us a really great infographic on natural remedies for spring cleaning. A couple of years ago, I actually developed a cold after I honestly thing I singed my lungs cleaning the bathroom using a variety of cleaning products. It was scary. Ever since then, I’ve tried to find natural ways to whiten and brighten – so this was up my alley. Erin, being pregnant, is equally passionate about keeping it au natural. Here are some of their tips:
I love, love, love the lemon idea. The bottom of my new sink tends to stain yellow for some reason, so I can’t wait to see if lemon can’t get that sucker white. At the same time, I can totally see my new hardwood floors shining up and smelling great with the lemon and OO combo.
Baking soda is another one of those products that I just need to use more often. It has so many uses! And I love how they break down the small amounts of time it takes to stay clean. For more information, see: