Moving in to a new house is an exciting time! With boxes to unpack from the removalists, furniture to set up, and electricity and internet to sort out, it’s easy to forget about cleaning your new home. However, the last thing you want when you move into a new place is for yourself or one of your family members to fall sick, or for your furniture to get instantly dirty from the dust or grime that’s been left behind.
While it can be tempting to whip out the traditional cleaning products, these can often cause much more harm than good to your family’s health and the environment. A fantastic alternative is to go the green cleaning route. This simply means to use products that are natural, organic, and won’t harm the environment or your health. We understand that green cleaning an entire house can be an intimidating task. So, to help you cover all bases, we’re stepping you through our favourite natural ways to clean your house before moving in.
1. Gather your natural cleaning products
Before you dive into cleaning your new home, you should gather all of the products and tools that you’ll need. If you want to take the DIY route, you can make your own natural cleaning products using common ingredients like castile soap, white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, essential oils, olive oil, and salt. For example, white vinegar and water can be combined in equal parts to make all-purpose cleaner. Essential oils and water can be combined to create air freshener. And toilet cleaner can be made using bicarbonate of soda and a few shakes of essential oils.
If you’d rather pre purchase your cleaning products, you can find lots of natural options online or at your local supermarket. Here’s a list of handy natural cleaning products:
- All-purpose cleaner
- Air freshener
- Toilet spray
- Essential oils
- Glass bottles (for your DIY sprays)
- Microfibre cloths
Once you have these essentials down pat, you’ll be nearly ready to go!
2. Make a checklist
There are so many rooms in your house that will require attention. And, in those rooms, there are plenty of sneaky nooks and crannies that often get missed. So, before you begin the mammoth task of cleaning your new home, you should make a checklist to ensure you get everything done. To help you out, we’ve compiled a guide for you to follow.
- Open windows for ventilation.
- Begin with the highest points in the room (window frames, tops of shelves, above the door) and moving down toward the floor, dust the furniture with a microfibre cloth or damp rag. Remember to reach those hidden areas, like light fixtures and fan blades.
- Wipe down mirrors, windows or window sills with microfibre cloth. If the area needs more attention, use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. If you have the luxury of long lasting pella windows there should be even more of an onus to keep them in pristine condition by regularly cleaning them.
- Remove blinds and wash them in the laundry tub, or wipe them down with a damp rag dipped in white vinegar.
- Wipe down walls with a microfibre cloth.
- Wipe down doors and door handles.
- Mop floors with a mix of vinegar and water. For stained grout, use a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
- Scrub showers and bathtubs using a mix of vinegar and water.
- Clean the outside of the toilet with hydrogen peroxide and the inside with a 50/50mix of vinegar and water.
- Wipe countertops and sinks with natural all-purpose cleaner and microfibre cloth.
- Wash cabinet doors and knobs with microfibre cloth or all-purpose cleaner.
- Wipe out the inside of your oven with baking soda and water paste.
- Clean the dishwasher by running it on empty with vinegar.
3. Get to work!
The deceiving thing about your kitchen is that while it may appear ‘tidy’, this doesn’t mean it’s actually clean. When it comes to cleaning your new kitchen the natural way, it’s not so much about tidying your space as it is about killing the germs. White vinegar is the hero of natural cleaning – it kills 98 percent of bacteria. All you need to do is add a few drops of lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide to white vinegar, and you’ve got a trusty solution for getting rid of underlying bacteria. Just a few drops will lift unwanted dirt and grime!
When you move in to a new home, there’s a great chance that the windows will be dirty. The easiest way to fix this is to use microfibre cloth and water. It’s a really simple combination that doesn’t require any added products, and works a treat! Pick up every bit of dirt by wiping the cloth across the glass and the window frame.
This is another area where unwanted bacteria and grime can fester. When it comes to cleaning your new bathroom, you want to ensure you disinfect it well. The 50/50 white vinegar and water combination will work a treat for your surfaces and walls. As for the toilet bowl, combine equal parts salt, baking soda and oxygen bleach with a few drops of essential oil, for a thorough clean.
New homes are often filled with dust and dirt from removalists, so you’re going to need to thoroughly disinfect the floors before you use them. After conducting a thorough sweet of the floors, the very best tool for picking up dust and dirt is trusty microfibre. Use a microfibre mop combined with all-purpose cleaner to transform your floors from dirty to sparkling clean in an instant!
Natural cleaning your new home doesn’t have to be difficult or exhausting. The most important thing to understand is that natural cleaning takes organisation. If you prepare your products in advance, make a thorough checklist, and follow it to a tee, you’ll find the process is actually quite doable. You can clean confidently, knowing you are taking care of your family’s health and looking after the environment too. And, if you follow the simple steps we’ve outlined in this post, you’ll be a pro in no time!