Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning and Organizing 2014

Around here, spring cleaning is in the works. We have been tackling jobs one at a time as the day allows. Spring cleaning is one of my favorite times of the year, simply because I like to have things fresh and clean. Newly organized and in order. It makes work more pleasant in my mind. I am not a minimalist, I am far from it. I have lots of stuff. But, not hoarder type stuff, useful stuff. 
For example. I have very little cabinet space. So my cast iron skillets hang on the sides of my cabinets. I can grab one easily when I need to use it. It has a place when I am finished. I have an industrial type shelf in my kitchen also. It is there for items that I use, but not daily. My grain mill sets on it, my large tea pitcher that holds 3+ gallons, for when company comes by... my canners, etc. I don't have closet space or cabinets, so this shelf is my place for such. Making your home functional is important. Especially if you are a homemaker. This is your job! You have a lot to do and having things in order or at least conveniently located will help you get things started and finished.
What about cleaning products and habits? Like I have said in previous posts, I am cutting way back on the amount of 'cleaning products' I keep in my house. That includes shampoo, conditioner, mopping solution, dusting polish... There are some things still left in my supplies, but I am not one to toss it unless I have no other option. I have to get my monies worth. If I spent the money, I will use it and then I will move on to something I am happy with.  

You might be surprised at what all you can clean with baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, and hot water!
Here are a few examples!

For an All-Purpose Cleaner:
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon of water. Store in spray bottle. Shake and spray on bathtubs, toilets, sinks, windows, mirrors, etc. 

Furniture Polish:
A few drops of lemon essential oil and 1/2 cup hot water. Mix and lightly spray and wipe. 

Floor Cleaners:
1/2-1 cup of white vinegar per 1 gallon of HOT water. Mop lightly over tile, laminate, linoleum, wood, etc!

Mold or Mildew problems?
Use vinegar or lemon juice at FULL strength! Use a textured cloth for scrubbing!

Toilet bowl Cleaner:
You all have made the volcano in junior high... Do it again! 
Sprinkle in some baking soda into the bowl. Spray in your vinegar and let the foaming scientific experiment do its job! Scrub with toilet brush and flush.

I hope you see just how easily you and I can clean our houses safely for pennies! 

I gotta run, it's time for some more spring cleaning! 
Have a great weekend!


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