Natural Cleaning, Simple Spring Tips

EVERYDAY HOME  | 4.27.16  |  by Julie Rhodins

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Here at SMG, we often talk about finding the importance of giving kids chores and teaching life skills.  So many children grow up today not even having basic household maintenance abilities.  Knowing how to do simple house cleaning is something that even a young child can learn and find accomplishment in.  But, a parent might be unlikely to give a cleaning job to a child if it involves toxic chemicals.  This is when we rejoice that natural and simple cleaning tools will suffice!  Even with water and a towel you can do a lot — and that’s completely non-toxic.  So we’ve put together some easy natural cleaning tips for you to get your child helping — safely.

Read on for simple and non-toxic ways to teach your child to clean house 

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Use Water and a Towel

For young children, simply giving them a spray bottle with just water and a towel to wipe down a sink and mirror can be exciting and fun.  You can also have a toddler clean a tile floor with the same tools.  Outside patio furniture is also often a great chore to clean.

Mix Vinegar and Water

If you mix 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water in a spray bottle, it turns into a very effective mirror and window cleaner.  Vinegar is a low-cost and eco-friendly house cleaning product.  More tips using vinegar are at

Soap and a Bit of Essential Oil

If you’re looking for a bit more power but still want to stay on the safe side, go with this tip from Inhabitots

Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. You can spray this on all kinds of home surfaces – changing tables, cutting boards, toilets, sinks, walls, and more. Just don’t use this on glass, as it will streak.

Non-Toxic Dusting

Dusting is one of those wonderfully kid friendly chores.  If you have a hand-held dust wand, your child will beg you to let them use it.  Otherwise, a damp towel is also an effective duster.  Here’s a natural furniture polish recipe from The Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green

Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice (or distilled white vinegar) in one tablespoon of vegetable oil (or olive oil), and wipe furniture.

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