There are areas around the home you should take care of before the cold comes creeping back and your hibernation begins. Michelle W. Book, in-house holistic nutritionist at the Canadian Health Food Association, shares three simple DIY recipes for natural cleaners to help you get your home in tip-top shape.
For the windows
Cleaning your windows is more than just for the looks. In the warm weather, buildup on the glass from sand, salt, insects or hard water can leave marks and cause damage. Make a homemade cleaner by mixing equal parts vinegar with water in a brand-new spray bottle; residue from old bottles may mix with the solution. If you’re not a fan of the vinegar smell, add lemon juice or drops of an essential oil to mask it. Spray onto the surface of the windows and use a high-quality squeegee for the best clean without streak marks. You can also use newspapers, as they absorb the solution and don’t leave marks.
For the furniture
The cooler temperatures will bring the patio party indoors, and you’ll want to make sure you’ve cleaned your furniture before the guests arrive. To polish off your wooden furniture with a 10-second solution, mix equal parts water, olive oil and lemon juice in a spray bottle, and simply use a cloth to clean.
For the car or bicycle
After a summer of adventuring, it may be time to wash off whatever is blocking the shine of your ride. Not only does it look dirty, but neglecting to clean your vehicle can lead to paint chipping, exposing it to moisture that can cause rust. For a green cleaner, simply fill a bucket with water and a quarter cup of liquid castile soap. Opt for a high-quality castile soap that is all-natural, made with vegetable oils and biodegradable.
Find more natural cleaning and lifestyle tips online at chfa.ca.