I am like lots of people in that I suffer from migraine headaches that leave me lying in a dark quiet room for hours until I can manage to be a person again. I have a few triggers, mainly being preservatives found in food and harsh cleaning chemicals. I still like to approach the Fall season with the can-do attitude of getting my home in order and cleaning out the summer that settles into every nook and cranny. Now that you’ve pulled your cold-weather seasonal clothing out of the storage boxes and you’re getting ready for the upcoming holiday season, I find it easier to tackle these chores one by one. Doing them now means you won’t have to worry about Great Aunt Lilly’s thoughts of your dusty blinds when she comes over for the holiday dinner.
These are the basic products I use to clean my home year-round.
Essential oils – Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant.
Lemon – astringent but also a natural bleach. Be careful.
Hydrogen Peroxide – 3%
All-purpose cleaner to be used in a spray bottle
2 cups water – I use distilled since tap water here is so hard
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup lemon juice
- Replace the baking soda boxes in refrigerator and freezer.
- Ceiling fan blades. You’ve probably left your ceiling fans on for months. Get the built up dust off before you leave them off for the winter or rotate for better winter air circulation.
- Beat dust out of rugs. Clear the allergens out of your home before closing the doors and windows for the winter.
- Dust your home thoroughly. A long summer of open doors and windows has encouraged dust to settle.
- Consider clearing your drains. I use 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let sit for thirty minutes. Then dump up to 1 gallon of hot water down the drain. You could skip the vinegar and only use hot water.
- Organize – this includes moving your warm weather items into storage boxes and put away. Donate and purge unwanted clothing items. Clear your freezer and fridge of anything that may have gotten stuck in the back and expired.
- Mop floors. Dump a few tablespoons of distilled white vinegar (I buy this in gallon sizes at the grocery store in the pickle and dressing aisle.) into a bucket of warm water. The vinegar will lift the dirt and the smell will dissipate once it’s dry.
- Launder and switch blankets. Now is the time to start pulling out those heavier blankets and switching them out from the lighter summer linens.
- Spot clean your carpets. No need to call in the professional. Spot clean by mixing 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing detergent, original blue kind, into 1 cup warm water. Dab and move on.
So you’re saving yourself from headaches. And you’re saving your kids/family/pets from toxic chemicals. And you’re saving money from expensive, brand-name cleaners. These simple household items can be bought in bulk from places like WalMart and Costco, saving you even more money.