comes cleansing. When we want to change our bodies with exercise, we also make changes in our diet, routine, surroundings and other life choices to make sure these changes last and are build into a solid foundation. Sound familiar?
Remodeling and home renovation seem to be a hot topic these days and in the front of our minds and conversations. Why? Because not only as a society but as families and individuals, we are expanding and our home lives need to follow suit to keep up with us.
If you are considering a green home remodel and are wanting to either add or change a space, you will feel more peace and less stress if you get cleaning in the both the areas that are going to be renovated and the ones that will remain as they are.
For the renovated areas, you'll want to de-clutter; that's your biggest priority. When the builders and contractors arrive, it will only add to your stress if you have to move piles of collected items that no longer have a purpose. Your shelves, dressers and containers should only have what you NEED in them. Everything else, throw away, recycle, gift or sell. This will make your furnishings lighter and easier to move which will in turn, allow you to sweep and clean hidden space; not to mention put the furniture back after remodeling is complete.
Your home will feel in disarray for a while which can subconsciously leave you feeling flustered and disorganized. This is the time where you really want to commit to keeping the rest of your home both organized and clean. Keep things put away and refresh the rooms with a clean aroma.
Green home remodeling usually begins with a 'green minded' individual. To get you motivated on this new and exciting renovation adventure, I want to give you some simple easy recipes to make your own natural, green cleaning supplies at home, FOR your home and health!
Here's what you're going to need:
- baking soda
- white vinegar
- castille soap
- essential oils (lemon, tea tree, lavender, thyme, eucalyptus & orange are all options)
- spray bottles
For the Windows: For those that love vinegar, you're going to love this one. You just mix 3 tablespoons of vinegar with 2 cups of water into a spray bottle (bigger jobs - 1/2 cup V to 1 gal of H2O) and spray right on to your windows. Is this effective? Yes. Does it smell good? No. If you can't handle the smell, a mix of lemon juice and club soda will do the trick just as well. Do make sure that if you use lemon juice, you use lint free cloth like newspaper to wipe them down with. (you can also add a little lemon juice to the vinegar solution as well, just avoid pulp)
All Purpose Germ Killer: This one is easy. Mix 2 cups of water with a few drops of castille soap and about 15 drops of your chosen essential oils. You can spray this on all kinds of surfaces in your home from changing tables and fixtures to counter tops and walls. Just don't use it on glass, because the soap will make it streak. Additionally, you can use our own Eucalyptus Shower Spray, not only to enrich your shower experience but also to cleanse the air by spraying it into the air and on to surfaces.
For the Toilets: Everyone's favorite place to clean right? This one is simple. You can take some of the window cleaner you made (preferably with the lemon juice) and spray generously around and inside the toilet. Then sprinkle some baking soda on top of it and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Come back, scrub and watch it shine!
Prevent Mold: Mold is incredibly dangerous for you and your family and once it starts, it's extremely hard to get rid of! So start with prevention. Take a spray bottle with 2 cups of water and add about 5 drops of tea tree and thyme oil to the bottle. Spray on walls, in closets, in bathrooms and behind furniture and then wipe down. The anti-septic and anti-mircrobial nature of tea tree and eucalyptus oil will combat the mold before it really has a chance to take over.
See? Easy, simple and pure. Enjoy those tips and let us know how they worked out for you! For green home remodeling and renovation in Dallas, Texas, let us know how our contractors at Unique Home Building can turn your house into your dream home today!