Happy November, y’all! David had back surgery last Friday and it went well, with the exception of some inflammation and a wee trip to the ER on Sunday. He’s turned the corner now and is on the mend, with good days and bad days. In any case, I’m off work this week and I’m taking the opportunity to clean in a way I don’t usually have time for. Oh, I sweep the floors, wipe the counters, spot clean as I go… but nothing beats moving items off the counter and giving everything a good wipe down. Here are a few of my favourite cleaning tips that make life a little easier.
One of my Facebook friends posted this recipe and after trying it, I was really impressed. I like it because it uses all-natural ingredients and works like a charm. I halved the recipe because I don’t have a large area of tile to clean. It even cleaned off the hairspray accumulation from my bathroom floor.
7 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar
Put in a spray bottle and spray your tile. Let it sit for two to three minutes. Scrub. Try not to be shocked by how well it works.
Cleaning Burnt-On Food
We made mac and cheese a few weeks ago and some of the cheese sauce burnt to the bottom of my friend’s pot. I tried using my usual green scrubbie and copious amounts of elbow grease. It showed zero signs of coming off. On a whim, I added baking soda. The burnt food melted right off! It’s just abrasive enough to remove stubborn food but not too rough for your favourite stainless steel pots and pans. We tried it again at Thanksgiving and it worked great. I’m no stranger to the magic of baking soda but new uses keep coming up.
Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner
I don’t like to use chemicals when I clean, especially in the kitchen. I use a cream cleanser (and sometimes Borax) in the bathroom and Swiffer Wet Jet fluid to clean the floor. That’s it. A few weeks ago, I was at a Habitat for Humanity build and they gave us a swag bag filled with goodies. One of the items I carted home was a bottle of Clorox Green Works cleaner. I dismissively put it in the closet. I started to clean the kitchen this week and came across some stubborn grease. Why not try it, I thought. My kitchen has never been so shiny or easy to clean! Green Works is 98% naturally derived and safe for multiple surfaces. It was the added boost I’ve been looking for because soapy water just wasn’t cutting it.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 44
All the squares this week, except for square six, were made with the donated yarn I received last week. Square six is a “Z” for the alphabet blanket. One more square to go, a corner, and it will finally be finished! What do you think, should I: 1) join the squares and send as a complete blanket, or 2) send as squares along with a photo of them laid out?
Square Count: 308
Bonus Squares: 3