Room-by-Room Natural Cleaning Checklist for a Shoestring Budget

It’s that time again to go through your unwanted clutter, clean the blinds and baseboards too. It’s spring cleaning time and there’s much to do. But if natural house cleaning is a priority and the family budget is tight, it may feel like there is only so much you can accomplish.

Don’t fret, the sky’s the limit with this room-by-room natural cleaning checklist for a shoestring budget.

Natural Cleaning Shopping List

Below is a $35 shopping list perfect for a tight budget to get you through your spring cleaning needs. These products should last you approximately two months. That’s less than $15 per month.

߀ baking soda $1
߀ hydrogen peroxide $3 
߀ lemons $3
߀ natural salt $5
߀ cleaning cloth $5
߀ spray bottles $3
߀ white vinegar $2
߀ essential oils (if desired, lavender or citrus for cleaning) $7

Cleaning Recipes for the home:

Once you have pulled your ingredients together you can’t go wrong with these quick and easy house cleaning recipes:

  • Glass cleaner: 1 cup water : 1 tablespoon vinegar ratio, add 1–3 drops of essential oil if desired in spray bottle
  • All purpose cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar : 1 tablespoon baking soda : 1 cups water,
    4–8 drops of essential oil
  • Grout cleaner and cookware: paste made by stirring drops of water into baking soda, for cookware you can also use a scrub of sea salt and lemon juice

With the above ingredients in tow and cleaning products mixed and stored, natural cleaning doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. In the following text, we will demystify natural cleaning processes for your entire home.

Room-by-Room Natural Cleaning Checklist

Now that you’ve got your natural cleaning products ready to go, where do you start cleaning? If you’re like me, you start with the rooms that get the most traffic and the order goes something like this:

  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Bed Rooms
  • Office

Keep reading to learn pro-tips to keep each room looking it’s best.

Kitchen

My kitchen is the heart of my home. It’s where the magic happens, in fact, I have butternut squash cooking right now. If the kitchen is a mess I feel like nothing can get done. In order to avoid overwhelm take these steps for optimum house cleaning in the kitchen.

  • Wash dishes with scrub of choice
  • Wipe off kitchen counter and cabinetry using all purpose cleaner
  • Wipe down and clean appliances
  • Clean windows with natural glass cleaner
  • Dust blinds, curtains, fan blades and shelves
  • Clean grout
  • Sweep and mop using all purpose mixture

Pro-tip: When you wipe and clean appliances don’t forget to clean and organize the inside of your refrigerator. To make the most out of any extra veggies that need to be used and reduce waste, freeze any extra, usable veggies and repurpose them by boiling them into a rich broth at a time of your choosing.

Living Room

The living room is the center of entertainment in most homes. In many, it’s much more than that. The word ‘living room’ has become synonymous with play room, guest room or home office. The point is, it’s usually a multi-functional space that is the essence of the modern American home. Keep it clean like this:

  • Dust surfaces, photographs, electronics
  • Identify affects that need to be repurposed, donated or recycled
  • Sterilize surfaces, toys and other living room items with multi-purpose cleaner
  • Organize items in entertainment center or cabinetry
  • Clean windows
  • Dust blinds, curtains, fan blades
  • Move large furniture to sweep underneath
  • Sweep and mop floors using multipurpose cleaner

Pro-tip: If you have a steam cleaner you can uses it to sterilize children’s toys like big doll houses that can be difficult to clean with a cloth. You can use it on furniture that’s been dusted to remove animal smells or bacteria.

Bed Rooms

There’s nothing worse than a cluttered, messy bedroom.

You’re bedroom should be your sanctuary of zen, where you get a perfect sleep every night and wake up each morning cheerful and refreshed. When it’s messy it can be distracting, chaotic and exacerbate feelings like anxiety and overwhelm.

To avoid that, try these tips:

  • Dust surfaces, photographs, electronics
  • Identify affects that need to be repurposed, donated or recycled
  • Sterilize surfaces, toys and otherbed room items with multi-purpose cleaner
  • Organize items in entertainment center or cabinetry
  • Organize drawers and make a donate pile for old clothes
  • Clean windows
  • Dust blinds, curtains, fan blades
  • Move night stands to sweep underneath
  • Sweep and mop floors using multipurpose cleaner

Pro-tip: Keep an air purifier in your room for a better night’s sleep.

Office

When it comes to your home office, a clean and organized space is essential for getting things done. It’s hard enough to get things done without the distraction of home stuff merging with your work life. To clean your office and keep it that way try this:

  • Dust surfaces, photographs, electronics
  • Identify things that are out of place and put them where they belong
  • Sterilize surfaces with multi-purpose cleaner
  • Organize items in desk and cabinetry
  • Clean windows
  • Dust blinds, curtains, fan blades
  • Sweep under desk
  • Sweep and mop floors using multipurpose cleaner

Pro-Tip: Using citrus oil in the cleaning products you use in the study can have a positive effect on productivity. Likewise, put a himalayan salt rocklamp in your office for a little color therapy to alleviate stress.

Naturally Clean and Financially Lean

People tend to think of a natural lifestyle as having a high price tag, but when it comes to house cleaning it’s actually quite the opposite. Follow this natural cleaning checklist when you do your spring cleaning and you can rest easy your home was cleaned in the safest, most budget-friendly way possible.

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