A Spring Detox for Your House – With a Treat!

by Maura Knowles

non toxic spring cleaning

Spring has sprung and so has my creative clean-“itis” craving. It’s time to morselfy your spring cleaning, so let’s get started with some of Mo’s (that’s me) top 10 tips! (Morsels are my delicious treats you can find in the grocery store. Everything’s better morselfied!)

1 Clear the clutter. You all know what I mean. Get it clear and clean!

2 Donate items you haven’t used or worn in more than six months to a worthy cause

3 Start a compost bin, can or jar, if you don’t have a yard. I use a large jar to put my brewed chicory root and vegetable peelings. Coffee grounds, tea leaves and even clean egg shells mixed in with soil does wonders for your garden AND reduces waste.

4 Make your own eco-friendly cleaner. My favorite concoction is to mix baking soda with peppermint castile soap and warm water, which makes an excellent fresh smelling NON-toxic scrubbing agent. Consider adding fresh lemon juice and even using the used lemon for extra fresh scent, scrub and shine. For the sinks and toilet bowl, not using the same sponge, try a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar. It actually fizzes when you mix the two, so it’s kind of fun…yes, one must make FUN out of spring cleaning! It’s a rule! 🙂

5 Clean your refrigerator. Start by taking everything out, shelf by shelf. Yes, you may do this one shelf at a time. Deep clean the inside of your fridge with a mixture of warm water, fresh lemon juice and baking soda. Towel dry and put everything back, assuming your food items and jars, etc. are already clean. If not, clean those, too and toss any old and moldy items… say that 3x quickly:
“OLD and MOLDY
OLD and MOLDY
OLD and MOLDY” 🙂

6 Clean out and clean up your pantry/cupboards: After removing your shelves, again one at a time, consider lining them with fun lining paper…so much easier to clean. Heck, you can even make your own, if you’re feeling extra crafty, or get your kids involved. Make it fun and while you’re at it, clean up your pantry items that contain high fructose corn syrup, sugar, msg, too much sodium, ingredients you can’t pronounce and did I mention sugar?

7 Open sunshine! Open your windows and breathe in the fresh air! A lil’ fresh oxygen does the body and soul good.

8 For more oxygen in your home, add potted plants in every room. I LOVE my green and yes, I have plants in every room of our home and not only does it provide natural beauty, it provides more oxygen and cleaner air.

9 Start an herb garden, even if it’s just a little pot. I have a pot of fresh bail on my kitchen counter and it lasts much longer than buying a bunch of basil at the market every week, plus it’s so fragrant and there’s something really fun about clipping your own fresh herbs for every meal. Try it, you’ll like it. Just ask Mikey. (And if you don’t know that reference, wow I’m old!) 🙂

10 As a reward for completing Mo’s spring cleaning list, I’ll share my Morselicious Nilla Nutty Shake recipe. As with 99.9% of my recipes, this is vegan, gluten-free, almost no sugar or sodium and of course, loaded with oodles of deliciousness. Enjoy!

almond vanilla coconut shake

MORSELICIOUS NILLA NUTTY SHAKE

½ cup canned coconut milk
½ cup almond milk (I prefer unsweetened)
1 tbsp vanilla flavor
¼ tsp pure ground vanilla
optional: 1 tbsp cacao nibs
crushed ice

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until desired consistency then sip or slurp the rewards of your hard labor.

Serves 2

TIP: If you double or triple the recipe, you can freeze remaining shake in popsicle molds or ice cube trays and blend again with more milk of choice when your cravings strike What are YOUR favorite ways  to  spring clean/detox? 

Ready. Set…. GO!

 

photo credit: storebukkebruse cc

 

About the author...

, a.k.a. Mo the Morselist, is a Health Coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In this program she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She is educated in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and the importance of preventive care.

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