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March MAIDness: Day 13: Mopping Up

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series March Maidness

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.


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March MAIDness: Day 14 – Greener Laundry

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series March Maidness

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!


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Deep Cleaning the Kitchen (March Maidness: Day 16)

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series March Maidness

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

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March MAIDness: Day 17 – Deep Cleaning: Living Areas

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series March Maidness

Did you get your copy of the free printable deep cleaning checklist for your kitchen yesterday?

As promised, I have another deep cleaning checklist for you today.  This time it is for the main living areas of your home.

Please feel free to share this with friends and family, print one for yourself and hang it on the fridge, pin it, use it, whatever.  I just hope it helps! Continue Reading

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March MAIDness: Day 18 – Deep Cleaning Bathrooms

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series March Maidness

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