Any change of season brings out the desire to clean my house – not just springtime.
Autumn is the last time of the year when you can really open your windows and let the fresh air in, making it the perfect time to freshen up your home before winter hits.
During the winter, it’s incredibly refreshing to renovate your home, too. It’s really a weight lifted off your shoulders to freshen that indoor air.
Of course, most store-bought air fresheners do not “refresh” the air. Most of them can actually add toxins to your home rather than get rid of them. They often contain synthetic fragrances, carcinogens, and phthalates – and lack any actual cleaning or deodorizing power. The majority of store-bought detergents also contain toxic ingredients.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to naturally renovate your home!
1- Open the windows! Even in the winter, opening the windows for just ten minutes can allow air to circulate and get some fresh air into your home.
2- Create a Home Air Freshener to Replace Store-Bought Fresheners – Like this DIY Air Freshener with All Natural Ingredients! (Pssst: I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to homemade alternatives to anything here!)
3- Adding a some drops of oil to filter in your vacuum cleaner. Choose a purifying essential oil, such as lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, or tea tree. When you vacuum, the scent of oil releases into the air, removing toxins and making your home smell great!
5- Store lemon peels in the refrigerator or freezer instead of throwing them away. throw some in your trash disposal and spin it up. This will get rid of any smell lurking in your kitchen sink and release that clean, citrusy smell.
6- Spray a natural deodorant on your carpet before vacuuming. My favorite oils to mix with this homemade natural carpet deodorizer is lavender or lemongrass. I have three dogs and getting rid of odors this way makes a huge difference in my house! (Tip: Spread it on sofas, too.)
8-Wipe down bathrooms and kitchens with a citrus-soaked vinegar cleaner. You can also spray this around the house as you would an air freshener. Vinegar and citrus are both powerful deodorizing agents, and citrus purifies the air.
9- Scrub the washer. Many people often forget that they need to clean the thing that cleans their clothes. Did you notice a musty smell when you walked into the laundry room, or if you left your clothes in the washing machine for an hour? It’s time to renew your washing machine! You will notice a huge difference in the smell of your clothes and the air around your devices. My favorite technique is to use vinegar and baking soda. Here’s how to clean and deodorize a top-load washer :
Fill an empty washer with hot water and add two cups of vinegar. Let it sit for ten minutes.
Take a washcloth or sponge and scrub the insides well. Pay attention to parts that are not submerged, too.