Make Spring Cleaning Green at Your Spa or Massage Business
By Jean Shea on Mar 14, 2013
I don’t have to tell you how important natural ingredients are to BIOTONE. The company grew out of my preference for natural ingredients applied to the skin during a massage or spa treatment and they continue to be essential to our product family. At home, I’m no less passionate about the use of natural products. The beauty of nontoxic natural home cleaning products is their benefit to the environment as well as your health and safety.
Since it’s almost spring when most of us participate in some kind of spring cleaning ritual, why not go natural with cleaning products, if you don’t already? Green American recommends several natural products you can use to give your spa or massage business a springtime refresh. You more than likely already have some if not all of them in your cabinets, if not at work, at home. You’ll find in most cases, these natural products do the same job as commercial cleaners. Among Green American’s recommendations, my favorites include:
White vinegarIn my experience, white vinegar – an antifungal that kills germs and bacteria -- is essentially an ‘all in one cleaner.” It’s incredibly versatile. In your spa or massage business, use white vinegar for cleaning floors, walls, bathrooms, even the inside of your microwave, and the list goes on. You’ll find an array of recipes for using white vinegar for cleaning on the Internet. Check out the Vinegar Institute for starters.
Baking sodaBaking soda not only eliminates odors (I expect many of you put an open container of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb smells), it also works as a gentle scouring powder so you can use it in many areas of your spa or massage business. Here are “27 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda”, to give you some ideas.
Olive oilOlive oil makes wonderful furniture polish. There are many recipes online for using olive oil to make a low cost furniture polish. Here’s one that just requires 1 cup of olive oil and ½ cup lemon juice. Combine them in a bowl or spray bottle; use a clean cloth to rub a small amount into the furniture and wipe dry with another cloth.
Pure essential oilsGreen American points out that adding all-natural, organic essential oils to your natural cleaning recipes adds wonderful scents and some, such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and tea tree oils, also may have antibacterial, antifungal, or insect-repelling properties.
Here are some other recommendations for a spring cleaning refresh that is all natural:
- Use fresh or dried flowers and candles instead of commercial air fresheners to freshen the air naturally.
- Get fresh air circulating by opening doors and windows
- Clean with natural fiber sponges and rags instead of paper towels
Do you have any natural product cleaning tips to share?