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March 21, 2019

6 DIY for an Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning!

At BEDSCAPE, we believe fighting pollution can start at home.
It is a common misconception that environmentally friendly cleaning products won’t do as good a job as products that are pumped full of chemicals.
In this article, we will discuss how a few simple DIY tips can put you on the path to a more eco-friendly household while helping you through this year’s spring cleaning.

Our favourite DIY cleaning products
Window cleaner:
Most of us have experienced the annoyance of wiping a window over and over again only to see that the smudges and streaks haven’t disappeared. Try using an old newspaper instead of a cloth for better results. Newspapers are generally made of very dense material and soft fibers that won’t scratch the glass. If you really want your windows to gleam, try mixing ¼ cup of vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and a few teaspoons of rubbing alcohol, then dab the newspaper into the solution before you start cleaning.
Furniture cleaner
Use ¼ cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp baking soda, ½ a lemon and 1L of hot water. This furniture cleaner, will freshen up and disinfect, leaving the room clean and fresh. It can be used to clean your kitchen furniture too.
Clean your mattress
Start vacuuming the surface of your mattress thoroughly, including the sides. Next, sprinkle your mattress well with baking soda and gently rub it, so it gets into the fabric to eliminate any odours that may have built up. After 10 min, vacuum the entire mattress again. Finally, put some baking powder in a jar, one cup of hot water and add 15-20 drops of essential oil of your choice. You can sprinkle this mixture over your mattress to leave it feeling fresh.
Tip- Lavender essential oil has calming and soothing properties that has been proven to help reduce stress and give you a quality sleep.
Air freshener
Use 1 cup of water, 2 tbsp rubbing alcohol or real vanilla extract/essential oil. These are some combinations you can try or if you feel like being adventurous try to mix and match your own.
Sweet Lavander Air freshener - 10 drops lavender oil:5 drops chamomile oil
Summer Citrus Air freshener - 5 drops wild orange oil:5 drops lemon oil:5 drops grapefruit oil.
Happy Homestead Air Freshener - 5 drops lavender:5 drops lemon:5 drops rosemary.
Cozy Holiday Air Freshener - 6 drops wild orange oil:5 drops geranium oil:5 drops clove oil.
Floor cleaner
Use baking soda, vinegar and essential oils for a powerful and natural homemade cleaner. Proportions will differ depending of whether you use a bucket mop or a spray mop, but more importantly, whether you are cleaning a wooden floor, tiles or carpet.
Tip: Make sure the baking soda is fully dissolved. Note that vinegar is acid, so don’t  let it sit on the floor if it is a sensitive material such as marble or travertine. You can use soap solution instead of vinegar if you prefer.
Purify air
Another good way to help your home is to purchase some plants that will purify your air, based on a NASA research, the following plants will remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from indoor air.
  • Spider plant
  • Ficus
  • Peace Lily
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Areca palm
  • Dracaena
*Not recommended for hay fever sufferers! *
It is easier, cheaper and far friendlier to the planet to use natural DIY products. Furthermore, our bodies will thank us for less time exposed to strong and corrosive chemicals.
Now, you only need a chemical free bedsheet and you can truly say your home is doing its bit for planet earth!

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