DIY all things Bedroom cleaning.
The 6th blog post in my blog series on cleaning room by room, And in our bedrooms just like the rest of the house we still mainly use the same items as we do in any other DIY green cleaning around the whole house. Using the same multi purpose products in the whole house saves so much money & time & gives you peace of mind knowing you are not polluting the air with chemicals & you are not leaving toxic residue on mattresses or anywhere.
.Some of the things you need for DIY Bedroom are:
Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.
All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.
A DIY Bedroom: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs,bacteria odors & dust mites like commercial Bedroom cleaning products do?
The fast answer is: You bet they are! (check out the other blog posts in this series linked to above for lots more info) And the best part no compromising your immune system.
Some info on effectiveness of DIY Green Cleaning.
Essential oils & Baking soda effective cleaners & at killing dust mites: A simple way to rid dust mites is to clean your mattress, carpet, and upholstered furniture using just baking soda and essential oils. According to this study, dust mites can be killed by using peppermint, eucalyptus or wintergreen essential oil. When combined with baking soda, which absorbs moisture, deodorizer and sanitizer, this powerhouse duo can be an extremely effective, natural, and non-toxic household cleaner. (HERE)
Now onto how to make all things DIY Bedroom.
Mattress cleaning deodorizing & stain removal ideas.
To freshen, deodorizer & kill dust mites.
Add 2 cups of baking soda, 10 drops lavender essential oil, 5 to 10 drops Tea tree oil to a bowl use a fork & your fingers to evenly mix & break up clumps, simply sprinkle on bare mattress & work in with broom, brush or hands & let sit on mattress several hours before vacuuming up. A great tip is to add this mixture to an empty parmesan cheese container for easy sprinkling.
Options to add to mixture: 1 cup of eucalyptus leaves ground in a blender till fine or other herbs fresh or dried, Any other essential oils you wish to add, 1/2 cup of corn starch (this is great to absorb oils etc) 1/4 cup salt, 1/2 cup of food grade Diatomaceous earth (to deodorize & kill fleas, mites, bed bugs, ants etc) 1/2 cup borax (helps freshen, remove odors, sanitize & kill critters) &/or several caps of peroxide just enough to make a nearly damp crumble (sanitizes, deodorizer, freshens, brightens & stain removal)
For pet pee or human pee on mattress.
Borax can remove the smell of urine from furniture and mattresses. Just wet the areas of the mattress or furniture that are affected and shake on some Borax. Wait for the whole thing to dry completely and then vacuum it away. (info from here)
kill Bed Bugs.
Simply sprinkle Food grade diatomaceous earth all over mattress (And room), between mattress & box springs, dust on legs & on the floor around legs, work into mattress with a broom or brush allow to sit overnight or longer is best to kill bed bugs effectively (can also kill spiders, ants, fleas, chiggers, mites, roaches & other creepy crawlies) Only vacuum mattress top, leave a DE layer between the mattress & box spring for however long you want, sweep & vacuum floors, baseboard etc, if you have an infestation leave some DE in corners & behind things, sprinkle in window seals, wash everything in hot water with Borax, And sit legs of bed in plastic bowls with DE in them.
Blood: use peroxide with a cotton ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone
Ink: Rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone
Bodily oils etc: rub corn starch into area, brush with toothbrush as needed, leave several hours to absorb then simply brush off or vacuum.
#1 White vinegar, ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone.
#2 baking soda & lemon juice &/or white vinegar brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone, then brush off or vacuum once dry.
#3 lemon juice & peroxide with a cotton ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone.
#4 Borax & water paste brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone, then brush off or vacuum once dry.
Pee, pet pee, puke etc.
Spray spot with white vinegar or peroxide, pour a light covering of salt on area, make a slightly damp paste of baking soda & peroxide, add just a drop or 2 liquid natural soap mix & spread on area working in with a brush, allow to dry, brush off or vacuum, repeat if needed.
Marks on walls.
Baking soda & water paste rub with dry wash cloth, then wipe off (carefull not to remove paint)
Pillow, mattress, linen, closet & room spray deodorizer.
Large spray bottle, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops eucalyptus essential oils (or essential oils of choice), 1/4 cup witch hazel, fill the rest of the bottle with water & mist it around
Options to add: 1/2 cup white vinegar or peroxide, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tsp Borax, 1/2 cup colloidal silver.
Room spray sanitizer & deodorizer.
Large spray bottle, fill 1/2 way with colloidal silver (or all the way) fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, spray in the air & mist on mattress, linens curtains, walls etc & allow to air dry.
Options to add: 1/4 cup lemon juice, essential oils of choice, 1 tsp baking soda.
We use a duster misted with straight white vinegar & wipe them down easily, seems to also deter dust very well.
Nail holes in walls.
Make a thick paste with baking soda & water, or borax & water & simply fill holes, wait for them to dry & paint over them, this can also be done with white toothpaste.
Squeaky hinges & drawers
Use olive oil or Coconut oil just as you would WD40
Sachet ideas for drawers & closets
Use a mesh bag, bowl with lid & holes or sock tied, baking soda & favorite essential oils, just baking soda, baking soda & borax, baking soda & crushed dried eucalyptus leaves (or other dried herbs) potpourri & baking soda &/or essential oils
And because this happened in my room, cleaning up spilled paint or paint specks on windows & floors.
For carpet or furniture add strait white vinegar to Shampoo machine & use on hot setting, works like a charm but may require multiple tries
For hardwood floor/furniture, walls, windows etc pain drippings or speckles, Warmed white vinegar in spray bottle & dry washcloth, toothbrush & scraper, also works like a charm, I usually let sit a minute or so before using one of my tools.
With all the cleaners above always do a spot check first, for info on cleaning windows, floors etc check out the other blog posts in this series.
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