Use the sun while it’s here to clean and refresh your home before cooler temps hit! Homemade Lavender Laundry Spray and a final line dry in the sun ensure your linens are fresh and bright into the fall.
Lambswool throws, shag carpets and white curtains are beautiful and cozy design elements. But in real life with large families, small homes and pets it takes work to keep whites and neutrals looking bright and clean. Keep everything summer fresh into the fall with this end-of-summer cleaning routine and an easy homemade Lavender Laundry Spray with super whitening and odor removing power (p.s it’s only three common household ingredients!!)
How to Clean and Refresh your Home before Fall
Cleaning in the summer may seem bothersome when you could be soaking up the last of the sun kayaking, hiking or swimming. But trust me, taking a little time now to clean and refresh your home will make cozying down in the cooler temps even better. All you need is a sunny day, a plan, and homemade Lavender Laundry Spray.
Capture the Freshness of Summer and Bring it Indoors
Living in an area with extreme seasons there’s always an end-of-season push to get it all done while you can. In the summer the looming rain and darkness is a reminder that sunny mornings, long days and laundry-lines are quickly coming to an end. Urging us to clean and organize and do everything outside while we can.
So, every year when the impending fall fever hits I do everything to clean and organize outside and to capture the freshness of line dried linens and bring it indoors!
end-of-summer refresh routine:
- Clear out clothing and linen closets. Separate everything into keep, donate and sell piles. Remove items to be donated.
- Take down curtains and shower curtains.
- Remove covers from pillows.
- Remove area rugs and throw rugs.
- Launder machine washable items like clothing, curtains, throw blankets and throw rugs as directed. Hang dry.
- Spray non-machine washable items like area rugs, pillows, down comforters, and even mattresses with Honey Lavender Laundry Spray, rub in and allow to air dry. Then vacuum or wipe down with a damp cloth and air dry again.
- Bring everything indoors and enjoy the freshness into fall!
Even in the smallest of spaces it’s usually possible to find a spot to hang a retractable laundry line. In a pinch string up a rope, use a folding laundry rack or place a ladder up between a couple tables. Air drying with the sun efficiently whitens whites while also being safe on colors and gentle wash items. Use what you have to take advantage of the unbeatable cleaning power of the sun!
How to Make Fresh & Bright Lavender Laundry Spray
When machine washing is not an option use this easy (3 ingredient!) odor removing, brightening spray to refresh carpets, mattresses, rugs, curtains and other large items. Honey Lavender Tide purclean lends it’s nice light smell to the spray but you can customize the scent of this homemade laundry spray using any unscented liquid soap and your choice of essential oils. Try it with dish soap or liquid castile soap!
All you need are a few common household ingredients and a glass spray bottle.
tip: save any glass bottles with screw on lids and save your spray tips to always have a glass spray bottle on hand when you need it.
In a medium bowl measure liquid soap and hydrogen peroxide.
Add baking soda and whisk to dissolve.
Add cold water and pour into spray bottle. Use as directed.
Make it a paste for tougher jobs, like the ones that puppies and potty-training-kiddos leave behind. Simply omit the water and double the baking soda then apply paste directly and rub in then continue as directed by air drying and vacuuming/wiping clean.
- 1 teaspoon liquid soap
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- ¼ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1 cup cold water
- Combine liquid soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
- Stir to dissolve.
- Add cold water and pour into glass spray bottle.
- Spray liberally onto fabric. Allow to air dry. Then vacuum or wipe clean with a damp cloth. Allow to air dry again.
- For best results, use product immediately.
Do you feel the end-of-summer-gotta-do-it-all push like I do? What do you do to prepare for the next season? Leave a comment and let me know!!
Then get out there, put up your feet and relax in the last of the summer sun!