clean, green & ready to spring!

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by Gina Rideout – It’s that most wonderful time of the year again! No, I don’t mean Christmas (although the song is now in my head). It’s spring cleaning time! I truly love this time of year because we can think about bringing heavy coats and bulky boots to the basement.  I know, I know this is Newfoundland and Labrador, we can’t do it yet – I said think about it, and Sheila`s Brush is underfoot!

It is time, however, to dust off the cobwebs, get rid of clutter, give away clothes you don`t need or wear anymore, and maybe do a gentle internal cleanse and restore program.

I personally find when I do all these things it’s not only cleansing for the body but cleansing for the soul. I feel mentally lighter and as if the weight of the clutter has been lifted off me physically. It’s also a great time to increase the amount of fresh fruit and veggies in your diet and get outside for always-needed fresh air and exercise.

Are we ready to get out the spring cleaning supplies and start dusting? I am but it`s important to consider that spring cleaning is much better all around when we clean using products that are not hazardous to the health of you, your loved ones and pets, and the environment.  Very few ingredients in chemical cleaners are regulated for safety.

Did you know…?

  • On a typical cleaning day in a typical Canadian home, levels of chemicals in the indoor air can be hundreds, even thousands of times higher than the outdoor air in the most polluted of cities. Indoor air pollution levels can easily be high enough to trigger an inspection by health and safety authorities in any workplace setting.1
  • Children are often more vulnerable to chemical exposure during developmental stages and certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems .2
  • Younger children have higher respiratory rates than adults; therefore, they absorb more air contaminants per unit of weight, meaning they experience a higher inhaled dose.3

So what can we do to avoid the potential harmful effects of harsh chemical cleaners? It’s easy, we go back to basics. Here are a few must-haves for green cleaning in your home that are just as effective as chemical cleaners without the nasty side-effects:

BAKING SODA absorbs and eliminates odor. Use it to clean countertops, sinks, tubs, and toilets. Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and vacuum after 15 minutes for a fresher look and feel.

WHITE VINEGAR contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. It cuts grease and dissolves mineral deposits.

CASTILE SOAP lifts dirt, cuts grease and eliminates tough stains. Pour a small amount over baking sheets and pans then scrub for a few minutes for clean, shiny results.

ESSENTIAL OILS are safe when used properly. They are naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal. If that’s not enough they can lift your mood and energize you while you clean! Bonus!

Great Essential Oils for Cleaning include:

  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Wild Orange
  • Melaleuca
  • Thyme
  • Douglas Fir

See photos for a few easy DIY recipes you can use at home to get your spring cleaning off to the right start.4

And have a green, happy spring!




photo by Shannon

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Gina Rideout has a Masters degree in both Human Development and Applied Social Psychology and is a Certified Health Coach.  She has a passion for plant-based living, disease prevention and essential oils. Contact her if you’d like more information on how essential oils can help you and your family thrive. She is also available for free Health Coaching consults – find her at and Facebook: