Green Cleaning 101: The Bedroom

What better room to conclude our green cleaning tour of the home than the room most of us spend a third of our days in – the bedroom. A clean bedroom can contribute to better health and more zzz’s. And we all need more of those, right? Remember, we’re working with just five basic items from my initial green cleaning post: white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, olive oil, and essential oils. Now let’s tidy that bedroom!

Woodwork. Remove that dust that accumulates on dressers, chests, and bed boards with a spray bottle of vinegar with a few drops of olive oil.

Floors. Check out my cleaning tip for carpets in my previous post on the living room. Or if you have hardwood floors, a simple mixture of vinegar and water will do the trick!

Mattress. For an easy and effective mattress freshener, try this simple mixture: ½ cup baking soda and 12 drops of an essential oil like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, or wintergreen. Gently sift the baking soda mixture over the mattress and leave for one hour. Vacuum up the baking soda and you have a clean, fresh mattress.

Upholstery. Any upholstered chairs or furniture in your bedroom could benefit from this cleaning tip from my living room post.

Mirrors. A simple mixture of distilled water and ¼ cup vinegar in a 32oz spray bottle makes a great mirror cleaner. Be sure to try newspaper to wipe them clean for fewer streaks!

Closets/Drawers. Got a dresser drawer or two that don’t keep their contents smelling fresh? Try adding several drops of essential oil like Lemon or Lavender to a cotton ball and place it in the drawer or in the corners of your closets. Amazing!

Kids’ beds. When you have kids, the occasional accident in the bed is bound to happen from time to time. If you don’t have a plastic liner over the mattress and a bedwetting accident occurs, spray the area with a mixture of undiluted vinegar and an essential oil like Lemon or doTerra OnGuard. Then sprinkle some baking soda over the area and allow to dry for an hour or so. Vacuum the baking soda and – presto – it will be like the accident never happened.

I hope this series on green cleaning has been helpful and informative. Steering clear of chemical cleaners is so important to our overall health and our wallets. Happy cleaning and Go Green!

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