How to Spring Clean Your Home Without Using Harsh Chemicals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lysol®. All opinions and text are 100% my own. I wouldn't tell you about something I didn't love. Promise.
The sun came out today. That's kind of a big deal here. You see, in Seattle we hibernate for the good part of winter. The rain and general gloom hang over us and everything is viewed through grey tinged glasses it seems. When the sun comes out, it's like the first sign that we made it through the doom and gloom of winter and will be safe on the other side. It also means that you see every single speck of dust staring back at you and everything looks a little dull. I saw the bright green freshly-mowed grass out the window and everything looked bright and new on the outside, but the inside it was feeling like it needed a good wipe down. I'm going to get you all ready with some good tips and tricks on how to clean your home for spring {without using harsh chemicals}.

How to Spring Clean Your Home Without Harsh Chemicals

What is Spring Cleaning?

Spring cleaning goes above and beyond your normal cleaning. Hopefully you have a cleaning plan in place already for your home that includes dusting, mopping and scrubbing. Spring cleaning goes above and beyond that and tackles some of the items that may get overlooked and not cleaned on a regular basis like the blades on your ceiling fan, or the inside of your dishwasher.

How do I get Started Spring Cleaning?

I like to start by making a list. I write down every room in the house I want to tackle {I leave off the kids rooms, they can do those on their own!}, and then leave a space to write down my to-do list for each room. Don't forget storage rooms, the laundry room and the garage if you have one.

Start thinking of areas in each of those rooms and jot down some of the cleaning tasks that could be done. For example, wiping down the baseboards, cleaning the blinds, disinfecting the dog bowls and create a list for each room. It may help if you walk around your home going from room to room when you make your list so you don't forget anything.

Make a Plan for Spring Cleaning

Not everything has to be done in one day! Take your time and divide up your spring cleaning into manageable chunks. There are no hard and fast rules to spring cleaning and I promise you, you aren't being graded on how well you did or how many tasks you completed in a day. 

lysol daily cleanser

Gather your Supplies for Spring Cleaning

I like to put everything I might need for cleaning together in a bucket that I can carry from room to room. My favorite go-to right now is this new Lysol® Daily Cleanser  Spray. It's a great all-purpose cleanser that kills 99.9% of germs on surfaces without leaving any harsh chemical residue behind. It's safe to use on toys, around pets and kids, heck, if you have a baby, it's even safe on pacifiers! This product contains only 3 natural ingredients so it's safe to use around the whole family, even the furry members.

I throw microfiber towels, newspaper {great for streak-free window cleaning!}, vinegar and fresh lemons into my bucket. I also make sure my steam cleaner and vacuum cleaner and all my favorite attachments are handy.

Start Spring Cleaning by Decluttering

Spring is a good time to get rid of those things that are literally just collecting dust. You don't have to keep something that you don't love. I'm giving you permission to pass those things on to someone else that might enjoy them. Get a box and start filling it with items you can sell at a garage sale. Who knew you could make money spring cleaning?!

Disinfect and Sanitize

I'm all about multi-tasking, which is why I love using cleaning supplies that do double-duty. To sanitize and disinfect during spring cleaning, you only need to use the brand NEW Lysol Daily Cleanser Spray and because there is no harsh chemical residue, you don't have to waste your time rinsing!

If you want to use Lysol Daily Cleanser Spray as a sanitizer, you spray it on to the surface and let it stand for 5 minutes before wiping it away with a clean reusable towel.

To disinfect, spray the surface until it's wet and let it stand for 10 minutes before wiping it down. Again, it's totally safe to use, even on food surfaces. 

using lemon juice to clean your home

Don't Forget the Appliances!

You know those hard-working appliances we all use? Don't forget that even they need cleaning from time to time. Run a cycle in your dishwasher with vinegar and those lemons I told you to put in your bucket? Slice them up and put them in a few cups of water. Microwave it for about two minutes and the steam and lemon will naturally clean the inside of your microwave. Once the lemon cools, you can use it to wipe down your faucets and take away the water spots that have been building up.

Take Your Time

Do not let spring cleaning overwhelm you. If you have people who share the home with you, enlist their help.  Don't get bogged down by the to-do list, just slowly start crossing things off and moving from space to space. It's totally fine if spring cleaning goes into the summer or the winter for that matter!

You can pick up the Lysol Daily Cleanser available as a spray or a wipe, at your local Target in the home cleaning aisle. You can find an in-store 20% off Cartwheel offer available from 5/20-5/26 and a Buy One Get One 20% off offer available 5/27-6/2.
Happy spring cleaning my friends!

This post is brought to you on behalf of Activate. All opinions are 100% my own. I wouldn't tell you about something I didn't love. Promise.

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