Spring Clean With Environmentally Safe Cleaners

Spring Clean With Environmentally Safe Cleaners

At Citrusolution we are very proud of the all natural citrus-based cleaning solution we use in your homes. Our cleaner is non-toxic and safe to use around kids and pets. It also smells incredibly fresh and clean!

When it comes to spring cleaning your entire home there are lots of non-toxic options that are just as effective as the cleaners you’ll see at your local grocery or discount store. Bleach is a very common ingredient in many popular cleaning products, but it can be corrosive to your skin, not to mention the fumes can be toxic if inhaled. Many times you can make your own cleaning solution with ingredients you find around your home that are much gentler, safer and “greener.”

Here are a few “recipes” for homemade cleaning solutions to get you started! These cleaners are kind to Mother Earth and kind to your home. You can mix all of these and store in a  quart-sized spray bottle. If you are a fan of essential oils you can use these to add scents to your homemade solutions naturally.

Homemade Spray Cleaner

Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar and clean multiple surfaces in your home, from kitchen countertops to bathroom sinks.

Mix in a spray bottle:

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup water

Fresh Mint Window & Mirror Cleaner

This cleaner leaves your glasses streak free and smells great!

Mix together:

3 cups distilled water

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

1/4 cup vinegar

20 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil

Fill a spray bottle with your solution, spray and wipe off with paper towels or old newspaper for streak-free shine.

Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda is very inexpensive AND it’s a spring cleaning work horse that can tackle many jobs around the house, from the base around your toilet to coffee stains or ink stains from grocery bags or product boxes on your countertops.

Mix together:

3 parts soda to 1 part water

For cleaning only a few small stains, start with 1/8 cup of soda. Slowly pour in water and mix as you go.

Mix the paste until it has the consistency of toothpaste. Apply to your stained area and scrub with an old toothbrush.

Have you tried any of these eco-friendly (and budget friendly) cleaning solutions at your home? Looking for additional eco-friendly ideas for spring cleaning? Check out this post from our archives.

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

3 Last Minute Spring Break Day Trip Ideas from Nashville

3 Last Minute Spring Break Day Trip Ideas from Nashville

Spring break season is here! Nashville may be one of the nation’s hottest cities, but there are several great destinations a short drive away from both Davidson and Williamson Counties.

If you want to spend more time enjoying the weather this spring, and not cleaning your house, remember you can rely on us to safely and effectively clean your carpet, rugs and upholstered furniture. CitruSolution’s trademark fast-drying formula dries in about two hours, smells great and is safe for your kids and pets!

Saving time on spring cleaning means more time for travel. Today on our blog we’re sharing three last minute spring break day trip ideas from Nashville.

Huntsville, Alabama

If you’ve ever headed to Destin, Florida, from the Middle Tennessee area you’ve undoubtedly seen one of the largest landmarks ever – the space rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Like Music City, the Rocket City is a great destination.

Here are a few suggested places to visit (of course the Space & Rocket Center is a must do!)

Big Spring International Park

Huntsville has several parks, but this park located downtown is a great place to walk, run, feed ducks and fish in the spring-fed pond.

Huntsville Museum of Art

Located adjacent to Big Spring International Park, the Stender Interactive Gallery is a welcome place for little art lovers to explore.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

This garden features something for kids of all ages, including an interactive Butterfly House and a Garden Railway.

Hungry? Huntsville has a great food scene. Two family friendly longtime favorites include Bandito Burrito and Big Spring Cafe, the city’s oldest restaurant which opened in 1922.

Chattanooga

The River City is not only one of the nation’s top tech startup cities, but a great place to explore with your family and very pedestrian friendly. Outside magazine named Chattanooga the 2015 Best Town Ever and we can see why.

Here are some must dos while in Chattanooga:

Tennessee Aquarium

Located in the vibrant River District, the Tennessee Aquarium also features an IMAX Theatre and consists of two separate buildings featuring an extensive freshwater and saltwater exhibit.

Coolidge Park/Northshore

Head to Coolidge Park on the Tennessee River and ride on the classic 1894 carousel and see the fountains. Walk over to the Northshore area across the Walnut Street Bridge and have a sweet treat at Clumpie’s Ice Cream or breakfast at Aretha Frankenstein’s.

Rock City

The painted barns advertising Rock City lining Southern roadways are iconic symbols of a quieter time. Rock City is a great place to spend several hours outdoors. There are meandering pathways cut through the rock, a swinging bridge, the dramatic Lover’s Leap and a scenic overlook that allows you to see seven states from a 1,700 feet above sea level vantage point.


Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park. Photo credit: MargaretRiver.com

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Here are some must dos while visiting Bowling Green, Kentucky’s third largest city. And if you have teenagers, a campus tour of Western Kentucky University very worthwhile!

Historic Railpark Train Museum and L&N Depot

Most kids are fascinated with trains and Bowling Green is home to this historic national landmark which allows you to see, touch, hear and explore important railroads artifacts.

Mammoth Cave

DId you know that just outside of Bowling Green is the world’s longest known cave system? Mammoth Cave National Park is just 30 minutes from Bowling Green and can easily be added to any Bowling Green itinerary. You can tour the cave, hike, go canoeing on the Green River, enjoy picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, camping and more.

Chaney’s Dairy Barn

This working dairy farm is home to Kentucky’s best ice cream in the entire state, according to USA Today. There is also a wonderful playground with monster slides, a tower structure, a Ten Spin and a huge jumping pillow. Chaney’s offers self-guided farm tours for just $4 which offer a view of one of the state’s only robotic milkers.

Hungry? Bowling Green is a college town, so there are many restaurants to choose from. Double Dogs on main thoroughfare Scottsville Road is great, although there is a location in HIllsboro Village in Nashville. Montana Grille is also centrally located on Scottsville Road and Mariah’s in the quaint downtown area has been a Bowling Green staple for nearly 40 years.

Which day trip idea sounds like a fit for your family?

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

Six Steps to Minimize Spring Allergy Symptoms

Six Steps to Minimize Spring Allergy Symptoms

Spring is around the corner and here in Middle Tennessee we will soon trade cold weather for warm weather and, unfortunately, flu season for allergy season. Tennessee is one of the worst states for allergy sufferers and spring is the worst time of the year in Tennessee for allergens, despite having an average pollen count, according to Pollentec.com.

Spring allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, can cause all sorts of annoying symptoms, like itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and sinus pain. Here are some helpful tips to keep allergies at bay.


Minimize exposure to allergens
Although it’s tempting to open all of your windows once freezing temps are a thing of the past, it’s best to keep your windows closed if you suffer from spring allergy symptoms. Likewise, if you are outdoors, and especially if you are mowing grass or doing other yard work, you may want to wear a face mask. Be sure to launder your clothes immediately after outdoor activities to reduce pollen and if you have pets, make sure you bathe them often and clean their bedding regularly.

Use an air purifier
The great indoors can have just as many allergens and air pollutants as the great outdoors. Consumers today can choose from a wide variety of air purifiers on the market, but HEPA filtration devices are usually considered to be the best, capturing particles as minuscule as 0.000012 inches. That degree of filtration removes common “bad air” culprits in the home, such as pet allergens and mold spores. Consumer Reports publishes a helpful air filter buying guide.

Monitor pollen counts
The website Pollen.com has an updated spring allergy map that is helpful for planning outdoor activities and making travel plans. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may want to check the forecast as often as you check the regular weather forecast.

Change your air filter
It’s important to change your home air filter every three months and during heavy pollen season you may want to change your air filter even more often. Look for filters with a MERV rating of 8 to 12, which tells you how well the filter can remove pollen and mold from the air as it passes through.

Tackle indoor dust
Clean behind and under furniture and on the top of the ceiling fan. Always use a damp cloth; dry cloths just spread the dust around. Strip your beds and wash all linens in hot water. Linens and accessories that can’t be washed, such as pillows, mattresses and box springs, should be covered with hypoallergenic dust-mite covers. Although they’re cute, and decorative, keep stuffed animals and throw pillows to a minimum. Once you’ve run a damp mop over your floors or a steam mop, be sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove any remaining dust  from the floor.

Have your carpet professionally cleaned
It’s best to keep carpet and rugs to a minimum in your house if you suffer from allergies, but most homes have one or both. Using CitruSolution’s professional cleaning service to clean your carpets is just one way to combat spring allergies as our proprietary cleaning process and solution minimizes allergens. After our professional cleaning team applies the CitruSolution, using a hand-operated sprayer they activate the CitruSolution with a rotary brush and bonnet to neutralize germs, allergens, spots, and embedded soils, and bring them to the surface.

If having your carpet, rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned is on your spring household bucket list, be sure to call us today!

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.