Yesterday was the first official day of spring! You know what that means? Spring cleaning! Hopefully, you’re not only waiting until spring comes around to get your home and life in order but even if you are, here are a few products to help you get your house back in order. Whether you’re concerned about harsh chemicals for your family, children, pets or just environmentally-conscious, these products will make you feel better about using them. There’s just something about using aesthetically pleasing cleaning tools and feeling good. I think they go hand in hand because, why not?
1. The Laundress Copper Cleaning Cloth – Longer-lasting and more effective than “Brillo Pads”. It’s pretty and great for scrubbing dishes and other kitchen appliances, gentle enough for glass yet tough enough to tackle the bathroom.
2. Bürstenhaus Redecker Arenga Fiber Hand Brush and Dust Pan Set – Sometimes you make big messes like dropping a bag of rolled oats on the ground. That job is just not something your Swiffer can pickup, and the job is too small for a vacuum cleaner, so that’s when a good old-fashioned brush and dust pan come in. Just look at this set, though, I wouldn’t mind just hanging in on display for easier access plus it adds that rustic feel to your home that’s kind of in these days.
3. The Laundress Scented Vinegar – I heard of cleaning with vinegar, in fact, I lived with someone that swore by it, but it also made the house smell like vinegar even though it was clean and apparently disinfected. However, I just discovered scented vinegar so now I’m jumping on the bandwagon too. If you already have vinegar at home, you can create your own scented by adding essential oil or infusing it with herbs and spices using instructions found here.
4. Grab Green Natural 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent – I have been on the hunt for a more natural laundry detergent, or rather, pods because I’m lazy. Yes, too lazy to pour liquid soap and too lazy to scoop powder detergent. I love doing laundry, as in popping the clothes into the washer and dropping the laundry pods in and waiting. Admittedly, I do not like folding or ironing, but we’ll get into that later. I have tried Tide and loved their pods; however, I wanted a more natural approach. I tried Honest which claims to work with both front and top loading washers, however, I’d find clumps of undissolved pods leftover so now I’m giving this one a try.
5. Woolzies Dryer Balls – I grew up using fabric softeners, but in my adult stage, I haven’t used it much but would like to. The only thing is that I feel like the sheets are a bit of a waste. Literally, when did I become so environmentally-conscious? I can barely tell when something is supposed to go to compost vs. landfill. Anyhow, I looked at those cute plastic Kikkerland ones that are shaped like hedgehogs and such and then stumbled across these gems. I wanted the option to incorporate scents into my fabric softeners like the scented sheets my family uses. The Kirkkerland ones have these scents sticks that go into the pods that release as they tumble but that was an added cost. With the wool dryer balls, you can add essential oil for an added scent, but essential oils also have multiple uses.
6. Glass Spray Bottle – So what are you going to use to house your DIY scented vinegar and castile soap mixtures? Why not pour them into this beautiful and useful spray bottle? Something about the amber glass and the black spray nozzle screams apothecary to me.
7. Paddywax Urban Collection Soy Wax Candle – I think a good scent will get you in the cleaning mood and using a soy-based wax is also environmentally-friendly as well as cruelty-free. I’m also a little biased because I love burning candles for a nice ambiance, for the scent, and how relaxing it can be. Candles area almost always on my wishlists.
8. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap – I use this for everything from body wash when I forget to to to the store, cleaning my makeup brushes, and even cleaning around the house. I currently use the rose scented formula, and it’s lasted me a very long time.
Here’s a playlist to clean to. It’s best to play on shuffle, enjoy!