Free Spring Cleaning Printable

 

Spring Cleaning Printable | Retro Housewife Goes Green

We may still have some snow on the ground but spring is less than a month away! This is great news to anyone, like me, that is not the biggest fan of winter. I’ve been pinning lots of spring decor ideas and I’m getting ready for some spring cleaning.

Confession, my house is not in the best shape right now. Last year was so busy and my house suffered. This year things are somewhat less crazy after we decided to scale back our family business a bit. I also am learning to say no to extra things I don’t really have time for.

Spring is going to be a fresh start for my home! I’m planning on giving it a good deep clean and getting ready to start some projects that need taken care of. I really need to get some painting done but that will be easier with everything in order and cleaned. De-clutting is another project that needs to happen.

I will be starting my spring cleaning, as well as my spring cleaning series here on the blog, in March. And before I start my spring cleaning I like to come up with a plan. Did you know there are only three days left in February?! Isn’t that hard to believe? So it’s time to start planning if you haven’t already.

To help myself get prepared I have created a printable to fill out and I want to share it will all of you!

Spring Cleaning Printable | Retro Housewife Goes Green

Hope you enjoy this printable. If you have any tips for preparing for spring cleaning share them in the comments below. And check back in March for some more spring cleaning posts.

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Why You Shouldn’t Make the Bed in the Morning

Why You Shouldn't Make the Bed in the Morning

When you read about keeping your home tidy you like have read to make your bed first thing in the morning. However, is this really a good habit? For keeping your home looking tidy, sure but if you want your home to be clean it’s not a good idea.

At night we sweat and shed skin cells, dust mites love both of these things and really thrive in damp, humid climates. When you get out of bed and make it right away you are trapping a lot of the moisture. Airing out the bed for awhile before making it can help reduce the moisture and reduce the number of dust mites as well.

A study by Kingston University discovered dust bites can’t survive in warm, dry conditions found in unmade beds.

“Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die,” said Researcher Dr Stephen Pretlove.

When I get up in the morning I like to open the blinds, if it’s sunny, and pull the blankets back to the end of the bed and let the bed air out for at least a few hours before making it.

Dust mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye. They are arthropods like spiders. And they may be the cause of your allergy symptoms. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that about 20 million Americans have dust mite allergy.

While you can’t make your home dust mite proof you can reduce their numbers by doing simple things like letting your bed air out before making it. I will discuss more ways to reduce dust mites in next month’s series on spring cleaning.

Do you make your bed first thing in the morning or do you wait?

 

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Don’t Mix Dr. Bronner’s and Vinegar

dr. bronner's and vinegar

I love making my own cleaners and have been doing so for years. I’m always reading new recipes to see if I can improve on what I’m doing or make something new. Something I have noticed when reading green cleaning recipes is a lot of recipes calling for the use of Dr. Bronner’s (castile soap) and white vinegar. These are two of my very favorite cleaning tools but you can’t mix them!

This is where some science comes in, vinegar is an acid and castile soap is a base. When they react directly they basically cancel each other out. The vinegar takes the soap back to its original oils and makes it gross and curdled.

dr. bronner's and vinegar

What happens when you mix the two.

No matter what you add with them, if you mix them together they will reaction in this way. If you have ever not rinsed vinegar out of your coffee pot before making coffee and add milk to it, that’s what this reaction looks like, gross!

Instead of mixing these great ingredients together, making them pretty much useless, use them in the ways they work best. Clean whatever it is you are cleaning with the castile soap and hot water, rinse, then spray with vinegar (diluted, if you wish), wipe away the buildup. This even works on windows!

Did you know that you couldn’t mix these two items? What are your favorite ways to properly use them? Share in the comments below and be sure to check out my cleaning recipes.

 

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Fall Carpet Freshener

carpet freshener

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Carpet can hold onto odors and leave your home smelling less than fresh. There are many carpet cleaning and freshening products out there but they often contain harmful chemicals like synthetic fragrance. Making your own is a cheap and safe alternative. This is my favorite version for fall.

Ingredients

Directions

Pour baking soda into jar, add essential oils, and shake well. Add bay leaf and close jar. When not using keep the lid without the holes on the jar to maintain the scent. To use simple sprinkle over the carpet, allow to sit for 15 minutes- 1 hour, and vacuum normally.

Tip: Use more or less of the essential oils to fit your tastes.

What are some of your favorite ways to freshen your home naturally? Share in the comments below or share on my Facebook page.

This post is part of the Weekday Wreakers DIY Linkup

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DIY Fabric Refresher Spray

Popular fabric refresher sprays you can buy are full of some very toxic ingredients but you can make your own and avoid those ingredients. Making your own will also save you money and allow you to choose your own scent.

fabric refresher

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vodka
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking soda
  • Essential Oils (start with around 20 drops and add more if needed)
  • 2 cup Water
  • Spray bottle
  1. Mix water, vodka, baking soda, and essential oils.
  2. Shake.
  3. Spray and see if the scent is the strength you want, add more if needed.
  4. That’s all! Be sure to shake before each use.

Couldn’t get a lot easier. The latest scent I made is a mix of lime, orange, and bergamot. It’s a lovely spring scent. I love to make peppermint for Christmas time and cinnamon and orange for fall. Coming up with your own scents can be a lot of fun if you have several essential oils to play around with. I watch for good sales and stock up on essential oils so I don’t have to spend too much at once.

If you make this I would love to hear what scent you use. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

*This post is linked up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, be sure to check it out.

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