Recipes for a Truly Green Spring Clean


There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. However, many of the products we use while spring cleaning our homes are filled with ingredients that have negative long-term effects on our health. Ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products ranging from laundry detergents to glass cleaners. These ingredients can linger on just-cleaned surfaces and are easily absorbed by human tissues, exposing us and our children to hazardous chemicals with unhealthy side effects.


The cleaning abilities of some common ingredients found in most Canadians’ kitchens are truly astounding. Vinegar, baking soda, coarse salt and olive oil have exceptional antiseptic and antibacterial abilities and when combined in the right amounts, make excellent natural cleaners. 

This year, while spring cleaning your home, try natural alternatives to the chemical-laden cleaning products. Best of all, you can make these cleaners at home with ingredients you likely already have. To create alternative household cleaners that will effectively clean any surface, try these easy-to-follow recipes:


Once you try these natural alternatives to spring clean your home, you will be hooked on them. To download printable versions of these recipes click here.

Castile Soap is also a great addition to your natural cleaning arsenal. This plant-based soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain, has been used for centuries as an all-purpose natural soap of choice. You can find Castile soap at your nearest CHFA Member natural health store. Find a store near you by entering your postal code here.

Emily Arsenault