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5 'Green' Tips for Spring Cleaning

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Photo by tusumaru/iStock / Getty Images

Spring is finally here, and for many that means getting the house cleaned up after a long winter. Unfortunately, many of the conventional cleaners people use are actually more dangerous for us than the dust and dirt we are trying to clean.

Here is a link to a list of the many harmful ingredients in your household products.

They are among the primary contributors to toxins and indoor air pollution that we expose ourselves to on a regular basis.  

What Are Some Alternatives?

Obviously, I am not saying to leave your house dirty.  What I am saying however, is to be smart when choosing your cleaning products and other items that you are using.  

Here are 5 DIY ideas that are simple and safe for you and your family.

1. Glass Cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 quart of water.  This makes the perfect glass cleaner.  You can even add a bit of squeezed lemon for added freshness.  Finish by using old newspapers or a lint free cloth or t-shirt.

2. Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons of borax, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 3 cups of hot water, and a 1/4 teaspoon of liquid castile soap.  Use in a spray bottle or wipe on with a damp cloth.

3. Countertops and Bathroom Tile: Mix 2 parts vinegar, 1 part baking soda, with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, and wife clean.

4. Air Freshener:  Everyone loves a home that smells fresh and clean. Try sprinkling some lavender or citrus oils on cotton balls.  Stash them away in corners where no one will see them (be sure they are out of reach of children and pets).  This can provide a healthy dose of regular freshness to your home.

5. Floors: Mix 4 cups of distilled white vinegar to 1 gallon of hot water.  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you have the perfect cleaning to mop your floors.  After the floors dry, the smell of vinegar with dissipate quickly, leaving behind  just the smell of the oil.

Lastly, be sure and pace yourself while cleaning. I frequently see overuse injuries in the office this time of year from trying to do too much work.  It took all winter get your house the way it is, don't try and fix it all in one day.  

Create a plan of attack to clean your house one room at a time.  Finally, be sure to pay extra close attention to your spine during this time and get in for a few more spinal check-ups than usual.  It is important that your spine is strong and healthy as you begin to get more active this time of year.

LIVE well. Be well.