spring cleaning -part 2


Today Boo and I will continue our spring cleaning. It’s nice to have a little helper, but it definitely means things takes a lot longer to get done. It seems that as soon as I’ve wiped down a wall, someone has claimed it as a canvas for crayon creations. There’s a lot of splashing in the soap pail, lots of throwing of clean and folded laundry, and lots of dumping Cheerios on just wiped services. Yup, cleaning with her can be a bit annoying, but at least it’s not scary.

I refuse to hide “keep out of reach of children” chemical supplies in my bathroom, kitchen, and closet only to then pour them all over my clothes and counter tops. Instead, I take 5 minutes and make my own.  Yes, it’s cheaper than buying commercial chemical cleaners, it’s more environmentally friendly, and my house doesn’t smell like nature-from-a-can. But mostly I do it for Boo.  She’s all over the place, exploring, “helping”, imitating. I don’t just want my house to be clean for her, I want it to be safe.

Check out some simple DIY cleaning supply recipes:

*All-Purpose Cleaner Using funnel, put 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon dish soap, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into your spray bottle. Give it a stir/shake. Let it sit for a minute, now fill bottle with warm water and shake it up. Give it a few more minutes to calm down, and add a few drops of essential oil if desired.

*TOILET BOWL CLEANER: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes (or longer, if necessary), scrub, and flush.

*DRAIN CLEANER: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into drain followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water. May need to repeat or leave baking soda and vinegar in overnight.

*GLASS CLEANER: Combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 4 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.

More:

-10 ways to clean with vinegar

-101 uses for baking soda

-make your own laundry detergent

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