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4 Important Items to Clean (Without Chemicals) at Least Twice a Year!

Updated on July 19, 2017
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Terrie is a creative person who loves DIY, on a budget and updating her farm house. She enjoys sharing creative tips, tricks and knowledge.

Cleaning Without Using Chemical Cleaners

Cleaning these four items without the use of chemical cleaner is easier than it sounds. There is a lot more green cleaning products available now than ever before. This article will show you how to clean each item and the basic formulation, I use to clean in my home. Some simple tips and tricks make cleaning in your home a lot easier. You should clean all these items at least twice a year. If you cook a lot, do your stove hood more often. Your dryer lint catcher needs to be done, after every load or at least ever second load.

  1. Windows and window sills. Don't forget the screen.
  2. Dryer seal, lint holder, and dryer vent.
  3. Air vents and ceiling exhaust fans.
  4. Stove hood and vent fans. Some also have a reusable grease filter.

Green Cleaning Supplies

Ready to Clean, Green.
Ready to Clean, Green.


  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar, Pour into a squirt bottle.
  • 1 Capfull Thieves oil cleaner, Pour into the bottle.
  • 3 drops Lemon oil, Add to the bottle
  • Warm water, Fill to top up the bottle
  • 1/2 Cup Baking soda, In a shaker bottle or container
  • 1 Small Dawn Dish soap, In a bottle


  1. Spray this chemical free homemade solution on almost anything you are cleaning. Use a textured cleaning scrubby for added cleaning effect. No rinsing is needed unless you have added other cleaners.
  2. If your surface is dirty, greasy or stuck on, spray the area and sprinkle with baking soda, let sit about 10 min and wipe clean. The vinegar helps it dry without rinsing or leaving water marks. On Windows add 1/2 tsp of blue dawn, inside or outside of windows, when cleaning.


When you make up your cleaning solution, use a glass spray bottle. Not only are they easy to fill and clean, they are safe for using with essential oils. Plastic will break down, glass lasts longer.

My Happy Home

A clean home is a happy home!

Breath and take it in.

Cleaning is therapeutic.

Grab a cloth and go use it.

Cleaning Inside Windows

Bathroom window with new clean curtain
Bathroom window with new clean curtain
Bedroom window, before cleaning.
Bedroom window, before cleaning.
Cleaning bedroom window sill.
Cleaning bedroom window sill.

#1 Windows and Sills

Clean windows and sills with the spray cleaner as made above. Then clean from the cleanest parts to the dirtiest. It will keep the cloth or sponge clean the longest. You can also have an ice cream pail on hand with warm water in it. Having the pail close by will allow you to rinse the sponge without having to run to a sink.

I recommend you clean windows in this order.

  • Vacuum entire window area first, including the sill.
  • Take the curtains down and through them in the wash while you clean the window. Make sure you read the label, wash according to the instructions.
  • Use the cleaner and spray the window top to bottom. And wipe in the same order working your way down.
  • Use a small sponge paint brush to clean the window sill and the window track. It is, the easiest way to clean them out.
  • If you have grime or stains on the sill, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a toothbrush. Then wipe clean.
  • Lay your window screens in the tub and spray them down. Let sit about 5 to 10 min. This item I do rinse and let sit to dry.
  • Once they are dry, install the screen and voila you have a nice clean window.

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Cleaning the Dryer & Vents

Cleaning the lint holder.
Cleaning the lint holder.
Cover for the dryer vent. Take off to clean.
Cover for the dryer vent. Take off to clean.

Cleaning The Dryer

Clean your dryer inside and out. Use the same nontoxic, cleaner you used, for the windows. Don't forget to empty the lint holder. Spray and wipe clean, rinsing your sponge or cloth in between. Include cleaning the door seal. I also clean the seal of my washing machine at the same time. Now wipe down the entire outside of your dryer. Now let's empty the hose that attaches to back of your dryer including the outside cover of the vent. I use my vacuum to clean this. Not cleaning the vent is one of the major contributors to house fires. If you do more than the average loads of laundry, then clean the vent and hose more often.

(The Average Home Does 10- 12 Loads Of Laundry A Week!)

Dryer Fires are one of the most common causes of house fires!

— Terrie

Air Vents & Exhaust Fans.

Clean vent cover
Clean vent cover
Air exchange vent, before cleaning
Air exchange vent, before cleaning

Cleaning Vents and Air Return Covers

These can be cleaned, with the same spray. Hold over your tub or let soak in the sink. For a quick clean up you can also use nontoxic wipes or a cloth soaked in the same cleaner as the spray bottle. Wipe then off, and they are ready to put back. For the vent covers with small openings clean with a small scrub brush or toothbrush. For the fan part of an air exchange vent, you will want to wipe it down. Please do not spray into the blades. The blade is the electric part of the vent. The first one I already cleaned, the second one is not.

No Iam not an alien, just a dirty stove hood!

Stove Hood & Fan Vent.

Under side of hood
Under side of hood
Range Hood
Range Hood

Stove Hood and Exhaust Vents

Remove the hood fan covers and the grease filter. Most are reusable and can be, cleaned. Start them soaking in a mixture of the same ingredients as the spray. Soak and rinse, then let dry. Clean the rest of the hood while the filter and covers are soaking. If you don't want cleaner everywhere, spray a cleaning sponge, then wipe the top of the stove hood. If it's been, awhile, then add a little baking soda and make a paste.The sponges I use are anti microbial and good for the environment. Rub till clean. Using the bucket of warm water to rinse the sponge as you clean. The same formula can be used to clean the oven. Put all parts back, and the stove hood is, done. Even old farmhouse gas range hoods can be, cleaned. You know it's clean when you can see the pictures in the reflection.


All these items exchange the air, in or out of your home.

It important for them to be clean, for the health of you and your home.

Clean These Items In Less Than an Hour

Water Heater
Remove racks & spray
Shut off
Remove fridge items
Sprinkle with baking soda
Attach a garden hose
Use the same spray& wipe clean
Let sit 20 min & rinse
Open valve and drain into a tub or to outside
Check for expired dates and put items back.
Wipe the top of the stove when done.
Disconnect hose turn on and let fill.
Wipe down the outside when it's all clean.
The fridge and oven should be done more often then the other tasks, I mentioned here. I recommend at least every 2 months. Water heater every 6 months, if you have sediment. PS; fridge is every month.

© 2017 Terrie Lynn


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    • Terrielynn1 profile image

      Terrie Lynn 2 months ago from Canada

      Hi Arron that is so true. Thank you for reading my article. I hope you enjoyed it and it helped you in your cleaning.

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      aaron goodson 2 months ago

      when my temple is dirty i detox. When somewhere i live is dirty i clean

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      Terrie Lynn 2 months ago from Canada

      Hi Florish, Thank you. It does seem like like it's never ending. Just when i think there is nothing left to clean, it's time to start again. Just remember to take time for some too.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      This has inspired me to clean even more thoroughly than I already do. I'm always cleaning but it seems the house is never actually clean. It's a process, I suppose. These are helpful tips.

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      Terrie Lynn 3 months ago from Canada

      Hi Lesli. That's great. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a message. Have a good day.

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      Lesli 3 months ago

      Really enjoyed those cleaning tips and pics; has inspired me to get off my couch and clean my windows. . Thanks for that!

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      Terrie Lynn 4 months ago from Canada

      Thank you. It's not easy some times, trying to explain the steps a person takes to clean some items. Have a great weekend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      You told us and showed us. Thanks for these no-excuses tips on cleaning these four areas. Very helpful.