Natural Tips for Chinese New Year Cleaning
So the new year passed and maybe the ball was dropped on your resolutions. Good news though, another new year is imminently upon us with the Chinese New Year.
It is year of the dog, which symbolize luck and fortune in Chinese culture. Dogs play a role in driving away disasters so in that sense, this is your furry symbol to get back on track. One of the core traditions is that the new year day is one of rest and relaxation, which means putting away your cleaning tools and enjoying time with your friends and family.
Here are some cleaning tips to get your home fresh and on track to so that your family, and the zodiac (and non-zodiac) dogs in your life get to enjoy their home.
1. Refreshing the mattress
Use this trick with all the mattresses in your house. First, vacuum your stripped bed. Next, mix a little baking soda, with distilled vinegar and ground up fresh mint or rosemary in a spray bottle. Spray on the bed and let dry. The baking soda and distilled vinegar kill the bacteria and the herbs will leave your bed rest smelling like spring.
2. Damp Cloths On Cleaning Wands
Keep your costs down on cleaning equipment. Dampen a cloth with water and lemon juice and wrap it over your cleaning wands to get the dust bunnies in those hard to reach places. This method can also be used on those out of stock Swiffer sweepers. Pop a damp cloth on there and get those floors shining.
3. Baking Soda + Toothbrushes
For tiles that look a little grimy, full of grout, or just plain difficult, follow these steps. Wash the area with a damp washcloth. Then mix water and baking soda until it forms a paste, then add a few drops of essential oils. Using a spare toothbrush apply the paste to the areas and start scrubbing (electric tooth brushes are definitely perferred). A word of caution with the essential oils, if you have cats, avoid cinnamon, tea tree, thyme, birch, wintergreen, clove, and oregano. If you have dogs, avoid anise, clove, garlic, horseradish, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow.
4. All-natural garbage disposal
The night before, fill up an ice tray with water, some vinegar, chopped lemon and mint. Put your new popsicles down the sink and turn on the garbage disposal. This is a two pronged attack, first it will leave your sink smelling great, and it will also sharpen the blades of your disposal.
5. Easy, natural air freshener
This one takes a little creativity, but it is absolutely worth it. You’ll need a few ingredients: 1/2 cup baking soda, a few drops of essential oils, mason jar, paper, tapestry needle, scissors and pen.
Grab some paper, (something a little thicker like scrapbook paper) and trace the lid of the mason jar with a pen and cut it out. Use the tapestry needle and go hole crazy through the paper to create an exit for the jar.
Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into the mason jar and the essential oil of your choice (remembering the pet caution). Place the scrapbook paper inside the mason jar ring and tighten it onto the jar. Gently shake up the baking soda/essential oil mixture and there you go. Easy natural air freshener!
Until then, enjoy the start of a new year and we at AspenClean wish you good fortunes in the days and months to come.