It’s that time of the year when mother nature comes chirping with a spring in its step clothed in a sunlit flowery garment! Follow in her footsteps and breathe new life into your home! Turn a new leaf with your pantry. When spring comes knocking on your door, let it in and give it a welcome reception. Below are some practical tips how to be a good host and do a seasonal cleaning with respect to nature.
There are several preliminary steps you need to take before you get to the main work. For a proper detailed cleaning, you need to take care of both the room itself and the storage containers. Declutter the space from everything that is beyond its expiration date or that has been contaminated by pantry bugs and rodents. Then organize and label your products. Some of them may need to be put in new safer air-tight containers that would create less mess. You can donate everything you don’t need and find the rightful place of the stuff that doesn’t belong there.
This is where the dirty work begins! Put your cleaning gloves and get to it! Think about the big picture and start with the walls and the floor. Clear every removable item so you can handle them thoroughly on their own later. There are plenty of commercially available organic cleaning products on the market but you can make yourself an all-purpose cleaning solution using what you have on hand around the house.
- Use hydrogen peroxide instead of conventional bleach to clean any possible mold patches on the walls.
- Vacuum and scrub the floor with a mixture of white vinegar, water and few drops of essential oil.
- Baking soda, salt, and lemon juice can be combined together to clean all kinds of grease and grime and even rust.
- You can also make a furnishing polish using olive oil, vinegar, and warm water so you give those surfaces some nice luster.
– Consider mixing yourself an air freshener spray using alcohol, distilled water, and your favorite essential oil. Note that baking soda, coffee grounds, and tea leaves will absorb any bad odors. Just sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom of a basket or leave a tea bag or two in a drawer. Leave a cup of coffee beans in the pantry to neutralize other strong odors.
Now comes the tricky question! What about pest control? Your pantry is full of some delicious stuff and that makes it vulnerable to the attack of ant, flies, moth, and rodents. They can spoil your food and cause you dozens of health conditions so you should think about viable long-term solutions. Find the source of the problem instead of just cleaning the mess they leave behind. Use water, vegetable oil and soap to make an easy natural disinfectant spray to be used against little insects. Leave a trail of cayenne pepper or mint leaves to repel ants. If mice have eaten your packages invest in live traps to catch the creatures and then find them a new home outside your house.
There are thousands of DIY natural cleaning solutions you can put to use in your spring cleaning. Give your pantry a kiss of nature with some our suggestions. Better still, let your imagination run wild and improve on our recipes! We hoped we have inspired you to make some of your own!