Are you planning to refresh your home after the long winter? We have you covered! For the past 123 years, Libman has been producing quality cleaning products to help keep your space sparkling. We’ve teamed up with the brand to give you five cleaning hacks (with emphasis on green products) to help make the most of your spring cleaning time and resources.
Hack #1 – Ceiling fans
Use a damp cloth or wet pillowcase (reuse old pillowcases!) to wipe ceiling fans that have accumulated cobwebs and dust during the winter. If you’re unable to reach the blades this way, try using a microfibre duster with a large extension pole for hard-to- reach places.
Go green: Microfibre dust mop by Libman. The mop cloth is machine washable and the handle is made from partially recycled steel (up to 70 per cent). $17. Homedepot.ca
Hack #2 – Chandelier and ceiling fan lights
Take the glass light bulb covers off ceiling fans and chandeliers and stick them in the dishwasher. They come out sparkling clean, and it’s less work for your tired hands.
Hack #3 – Area rugs
Take area rugs outside on a dry day and beat them with a broom to remove dirt, lint and debris. Spray the rugs outside with a natural carpet deodorizer to refresh them and let them air dry. After bringing them back inside, vacuum rugs thoroughly.
Hack #4 – Linens and curtains
It’s a good idea to freshen up pillows, blankets, comforters and even curtains as they have likely accumulated dust and odours. For a quick refresh, gather and hang linens and curtains outside on a clothesline. For a deeper clean, you may want to throw them into the washing machine if the tag indicates it’s safe to do so, then hang them outside. This is both eco-friendly and economical.
Hack #5 – Walls
Fill your sink with a natural, general purpose cleaner such as water and vinegar. Dip your very clean mop into the sink, remove all excess solution, and then mop your walls. This will remove most stains with ease! No rinsing is required, if you keep the mop dry enough.
Go green: Jumbo cotton wet mop from Libman.
This mop is made from reground or repurposed plastic shavings from drill holes. The handle is made from partially recycled steel (up to 70 per cent).
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Make these DIY eco-friendly cleaning recipes from the Oil Girls part of your cleaning routine.
Deodorize your carpets, upholstery and mattresses with this super natural cleaning dust. Sprinkle and let sit for two hours before vacuuming up! The baking soda absorbs any nasty odours or moisture and the Pure Young Living essential oils leave a plant power scent without the nasty synthetic chemicals found in most household products.
Super natural cleaning dust
1 cup baking soda (aluminum free)
30 drops Young Living purification
10 drops Young Living citronella essential oil
Add to a glass jar. Sprinkle on any fabric surface
Clean your walls (or any surface) with the germ-fighting power of Thieves. This 100 per cent natural cleaner uses the essential oils of clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus to simplify your cleaning. Thieves cleaner concentrate is the bomb of natural cleaning solutions – simply add one capful of Thieves to a 16-oz glass spray bottle and top up with water. Use to clean windows, counters, toilets, hardwood floors and more without any harmful chemicals for children or pets to worry about.
For more tips and tricks, check out theoilgirlscanada.ca