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The first day of spring is just a couple of days away! That means it's time for a little spring cleaning. Over the winter, your home has become a hotel for dust, grime, grease, and other stains that will make you say: “Where the heck did that come from?”

While it’s certainly tempting to just go to the grocery store and grab a bottle of bleach to clean your home, that’s just not the way to go. Not only is the smell of bleach sharp and headache-inducing, but it also has an overwhelmingly negative effect on the environment (and that includes your home’s indoor environment).

Cleaning your home using natural methods isn’t nearly as exhausting or as time-consuming as it sounds. You can give your living space the luxury look and refreshing feel without using toxic chemicals or smelling bleach for three days straight. Here are a few essential spring cleaning tips and tricks that anyone can put to use.

Before you get started, you may want to grab some baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, dish soap, and your favorite essential oil.

Freshen up the air with a fresh and fruity cleaner.

A refreshing scent can change your mood with just one whiff. Capture the smell of spring with this all-natural air freshener. Drop one tablespoon of baking soda into a small spray bottle and add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to scent the air freshener. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water. Now spring is really in the air!

Clean the food gunk in your refrigerator.

Leaky containers can lead to tiny messes in your refrigerator. Tackle the gross spots in the small corners of your refrigerator with this little hack. Grab a plastic container from your pantry and fill it with a ½ cup of baking soda, then add hot water. Dip a rag in the mixture and use it to scrub down your refrigerator.

Clean the body oil and stains from your bedsheets.

What’s better than coming home from a long day at work and curling up inside soft sheets? Cuddling up inside of sheets that are free of stains and oils. If laundry detergent alone isn’t doing the job, add a ⅓ cup of 5% white vinegar to your machine’s wash cycle. Tip: Before the wash cycle begins, open the machine door and let the vinegar soak for about thirty minutes. Vinegar “washes out” easily so don’t worry about your sheets smelling like vinegar.

Clean your dusty ceiling fan.

Dusting your home is one of the best things you can do to clean and de-stress. But after you dust down the normal stuff—your furniture, your television screens, your mantel—you’re left with the biggest challenge of all: dusting your ceiling fan. It’s hard to dust your ceiling fan without making a mess all over your living room, but if you have an old pillowcase and a sturdy step ladder, here’s something you can try:

  1. Cover one of the fan blades with a pillowcase.
  2. Press down on the pillowcase as you pull it off the blade.
  3. Empty the pillowcase into a wastebasket and repeat for the other blades.

If your ceiling fan could use a cleaning and not just a dusting, create your own all-purpose cleaner by mixing one part vinegar, four parts water, a sprinkle of baking soda, and a few drops of essential oil.  

Clean your window tracks and sills.

Weird stuff can collect on your windows: dead bugs, dirt, hair, dust, lint. It’s...not a good look. Here’s the best way to clean your window tracks and sills.

  1. Use your vacuum's nozzle attachment to clean out any debris.
  2. Spray your all-natural vinegar/water/dish soap mixture into the track. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes.
  3. Take an old toothbrush or any type of small scrubber to knock out any solid dirt or grime.
  4. Wrap a microfiber cloth or a bundle of paper towels around two fingers and wipe the remaining residue in a few swipes.

In one afternoon, you can start to feel better about the space you live in. And you can do it all without using chemicals. 

Do you have any tips or tricks for spring cleaning? Leave a comment below. 

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