Wednesday is my usual sweep and mop the downstairs day. And it is quite the chore, but I enjoy the fruits of the labor. I love the feel of freshly clean floors! Sadly, with a toddler, the floors don’t stay clean long!
Since we have been working on homemade cleaners this week, I am extra excited about the chore for today. I found a great recipe for a floor cleaning solution and I cannot wait to give it a try. Here is the recipe:
1/4 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp. liquid dish soap (I am using Seventh Generation)
1/4 cup washing soda (I found Arm & Hammer at the store)
2 gallons warm/hot water
Sounds pretty easy. I will let you know how it goes.
The challenge for today is to mix up a batch of this floor cleaning goodness and give it a go.
Well…I didn’t get yesterday’s challenge done because I have a back problem that I have been trying to work out on my own for a while. Turns out it is bigger than me and I need to go to the chiropractor and take it easy for a couple of days. The mopping will have to wait.
So, I am thinking I need to work today on something a little more stationary. How about laundry? I have been hearing for a while that you can save lots of money by making your own laundry detergent. And I have even seen some recipes for it online, but I have always had laundry detergent on hand and so didn’t see the point of making my own.
Today, I am on my last bit of regular laundry detergent and have most of the items to make my own on hand. I also have a beautiful glass vase just waiting to be filled with something lovely and placed on my laundry room counter. I think it is time to get to making my own detergent!
Here is the recipe I have settled on:
Simple. Home. Blessings. Laundry Detergent
2 cups washing soda (I am using Arm & Hammer)
2 cups soap flakes (found in the laundry aisle at the market)
2 cups Borax
1 cup powdered OxyClean
1 cup baking soda
This is basically a mix and stir kind of recipe, but you may want to stir after the addition of each ingredient to make sure the mix is consistent.
To use: Place 1/4 cup mixture into washer, as with usual laundry detergent. For easy fabric softener, pour 1/4 cup vinegar into the fabric softener/rinse compartment of your washer.
I am hoping this works out well. I think it will prove to be a great savings over traditional laundry detergent.
The challenge for today is to get 2 loads of laundry done (with my new detergent). That means sorted, washed, folded and put away!
Have a wonderful day! Leave a comment letting me know how you are doing on the challenge!
Are you a spring cleaner? A seasonal cleaner? Do you like to get it done in a major way once a year and then do maintenance cleaning the rest of the year?
Or, do you attack each cleaning project like it has never been done before? Are you a serial scrubber and scourer? Can’t wait to get it clean, all the time?
Either way, I have a little something for you today.
I want to thank you for sticking with me through this month-long series on cleaning and leaving comments or telling me in real life how you have been reading along and are challenged or inspired by these posts! It has been a great encouragement to keep going and come up with yet more to write on one of my favorite activities. Continue Reading
We are creating a nice little collection of printable checklists for deep cleaning in your home. If you missed them, check them out here and here.
Today, I have another printable checklist for you. It is for deep cleaning in bathrooms. Ahh…the dreaded cleaning project. But after following this list, you may want to run over to a friend’s house just to do it again. (One can hope, right?) Continue Reading