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How to Kick Start on an Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning


A “fresh-start” is what spring cleaning is all about.  And what else is more pure and natural than cleaning your home with products that love Mother Earth! Go Eco with spring cleaning this year and welcome the season of new beginnings with these basics that throw ‘toxic’ off the window!!

 

ESSENTIAL OILS

essential oils

Replace conventional, chemical-laden cleaning and cleaning products with essential oils. Benefiting your health and having less impact on the environment, get the most of these magical all-natural oils in many different ways! 

Diffusing is a great way to bring the outdoors in! Put a little essential oil on an oil burner, and they are great for relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Bergamot oil with its anti-viral properties or a combination of lemonlavender, and peppermint blends are perfect for this! 

However, bringing nature inside would also mean a force of insects! Fortunately, eucalyptus oil can help repel fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and other bugs.

A few drops of lavender essential oil in your laundry make those sheets smell fresh for the season. And lemon essential oil freshens the air, deodorises the refrigerator, and degreases difficult stains. Likewise, Tea Tree oil is an excellent cleaning product too. Its disinfectant properties make it ideal to use on work surfaces to get them clean and free from germs.

Aside from cleaning up, essential oils also help boost immunity! Grapefruit and orange oils both contain vitamin C, so adding a few drops of these in your drinking water can help combat those viruses in the air!

 

INSECT REPELLENTS

herbal insect repellents

A thorough spring cleaning will include defending your home against pests. And these usually involve cozying up in a warm, moist place like cupboards, drawers, and those hidden corners of the kitchen. Yes, cleaning using essentials oils do help, but a naturally tough repellent is more effective in protecting!

Thurlby Herb Farm has the best all-natural repellents that keep these crawlers at bay. A combination of herbal extracts, these items are crafted in such a way that there are aesthetically pleasing and fiercely protective as well! Try hanging the  Citrus Twist or the Bush Blend Kinjarran clothing protectors in your cupboards, and your clothes will smell fresh for the season while deterring the moths naturally!! And if it is for your pantry, chickens might be the best guards! The Kitchen Poultry Coloured adorably safeguards your kitchen from those little critters!

 

INDOOR PLANTS

Begonia maculata

Bring spring inside! To create a breath of fresh air, grow, or place some indoor plants in your busy space. Some beautiful ornamental houseplants that require little maintenance as well include the trendy and modern Begonia Maculata, the eye-catching Begonia Bewitched Lavender, the statement plant Philodendron Xanadu or the majestic Monstera Deliciosa.

And if you would like to know more about growing indoor plants, check out the books 50 Indoor Plants & How Not to Kill ThemNew Plant Parent, or Forest Air: Norwegian Secrets For Creating Forest Air In Your Home. These books extensively guide on bringing in the outdoors along with the benefits of it. 


 

SCRUBBING AND SWEEPING

 

vegetable fibre scrub brush

Well, there can’t be a spring cleaning without scrubbing and sweeping! The Eco Max Scrub Brush is a Japanese-inspired scrubbing brush that brings together two vegetable fibers fixed onto a rounded and comfortable to hold FSC certified rubberwood base to make the ultimate natural scrub brush. For the outdoors, the Coconut Palm Broom works wonders as a rake and an outside broom. Handmade from the center of the coconut palm frond and bound with coconut fiber string, this broom will rake leaves from grass without pulling up the glass roots and sweeps up wet litter as same as dry. 

 

An environmentally responsible way to spring cleaning!!