Spring Cleaning Without the Harsh Chemicals

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Spring has sprung and the Panoramic Properties team is beyond thrilled. Spring in Thorold is a great season and we love watching the shift from winter to the mild temperatures and longer days. Set aside a weekend in the next few weeks and do a solid spring clean of your Thorold apartment (40 Front Street, Thorold). Stock your spring cleaning kit with homemade cleaners—making them yourself is very easy and cost-effective.


The basic supplies you’ll need to make your own green cleaners include:


o   Distilled white vinegar (Make sure to buy a large container)
o   Baking soda
o   Olive oil
o   Borax (sold in a box in the laundry aisle)
o   Liquid castile soap
o   Microfiber cleaning cloths
o   Newspaper


If you enjoy an added scent you can also add Citrus of Tea Tree oil to any of our suggested recipes.


White Vinegar and Water


The easiest of all cleaning solutions, mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Reuse a spray bottle and squirt onto windows or mirrors. Scrub with newspapers to avoid any streaking. For those who don’t like the scent of vinegar, use club soda or undiluted lemon juice.


Heavy Duty Cleaner


Here’s an easy cleaning recipe that is still effective without the harsh chemicals – it also smells amazing!


o   ¼ cup white vinegar
o   1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
o   ¼ cup baking soda
o   2 gallons of warm tap water


Spruce Up Musty Towels


Wash towels with 1 cup of vinegar on hot cycle, then again with 1/2 cup of baking soda on hot. Your towels will smell way better…you don’t realize how musty they may smell over time!


Scrub your Porcelain and Tile


Dust bathroom or any tiled areas with baking soda. Next, scrub with a moist sponge. For tougher grime, add a pinch of kosher salt and keep scrubbing.


Treat Stains


For stains or grease streaks – try a spray of vinegar or lemon juice. Let sit for about five minutes and then scrub with a stiff brush.




Create a DIY disinfectant by combining 2 cups of waters, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and approximately 30 drops of tea tree oil.


Oven Cleaner


Create a paste made with water and baking soda. Next, coat the inside of your oven and let the mixture stand overnight and scour off the grime. And voila, easy and green oven cleaner!


Clogged Drains


Pour ½ cup of baking soda into a drain and follow with around 2 cups of boiling water. For a heavy duty solution, follow the baking soda with a ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for the reaction and chase with boiling water.


Homemade Laundry Detergent


This recipe requires washing soda, borax and one bar of soap. For full details, stop by we like their simple pictorial instructions and effective recipe. For an extra boost, add at least ½ cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.


Do you have any efficient spring cleaning tips or DIY recipes? Share in the comments section below.


Within the small town of Thorold, Panoramic Properties offers stunning renovated apartments for rent, in a quiet and private neighbourhood on 40 Front Street. You’ll be moments away from Brock University, shopping at the Pen Center and attractive walking trails along the Welland Canal. Come rent an apartment in Thorold, and you will experience the perfect place to live, plus great management services which provide peace of mind and comfort when living at a Panoramic Property.