It’s time for spring cleaning! If you follow an eco-friendly lifestyle, you’ll want to ensure that your disinfectants and other cleaners aren’t bad for the environment. One of the best ways to make sure your cleaning products are green is to create them yourself. Here are some DIY spring cleaning products to help refresh your apartment:

Floor Cleaner

Vinegar is a great product to have on hand because it can be used in your cleaning routine in addition to your cooking. To make a simple and effective floor cleaning solution, mix water and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio. This mixture can be used on all types of materials, including tile and wood. However, it’s not suitable for porous surfaces like granite or slate.

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Dust Broom Covers

Many people have Swiffers that allow them to dust their floors while spring cleaning and during other times of the year. However, those disposable dusting pads can be replaced for an eco-friendly alternative. You can make your own reusable dust broom covers by making two rectangular cuts on opposite sides of a medium-sized terrycloth towel. This leaves room for the stick’s handle. Then you can sew button and button holes for closures so the towel stays on the stick when cleaning.

Microwave Cleaner

Microwaves are known to get pretty messy from time to time, and they can also be difficult to clean. However, there are natural products that can help clean this kitchen appliance in an eco-friendly way. Just add a few lemon wedges into a bowl of water and nuke everything for two to three minutes. Then let the bowl sit in the microwave for an additional 10 minutes. Wipe the interior of the microwave. If you still have some problem areas, use a paste of baking soda and water to help you scrub.

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Natural Disinfectant

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is often used for a variety of natural home remedies. It is also a natural disinfectant, as it kills bacteria, mold and viruses. You can make your own solution to use on surfaces in your apartment that see lots of traffic, like doorknobs and toilets. To make the mixture, just combine 2 tablespoons of an eco-friendly detergent (it should say so on the container) with 2 cups of hot water, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil.

Metal Polisher

If you have lots of stainless steel appliances in your home, you know they are prone to smudges. Instead of purchasing a cleaner that is bad for the environment, you can use an all-natural product for your spring cleaning. Simply take half a lemon, dip it in salt and rub it along your metal surfaces in a circular motion. It will remove fingerprints, food residue and other types of grime. Then wipe down your appliances with a solution of water and dish soap.