What do you do when it comes to spring cleaning? Do you do extra cleaning this time of year, or are you one who doesn't have to do it? Are you one who I intend to be one day (who am I kidding?) ,that doesn't need to have a hard cleaning because your house is immaculate? Join me today as we talk cleaning.
I'm still trying to get mine in that condition but for some reason things (mostly people) take me away. I know people are more important but I really want to get it in shape and keep it that way always!
Looking out through the window
This was before the porch painting.
Looking back I now know I really like the new floor color.
Baskets taken from the top of my kitchen cabinets have been scrubbed and are on the porch drying. They were taken down when the kitchen was painted and needed a thorough cleaning. I washed them in the utility sink in laundry room with my homemade laundry soap then rinsed well and put them outside on the porch to dry.
Country Living Ideas
Cleaning Windows Ideas & Tips
A simple mixture of two parts water to one part white distilled vinegar is all you need for a streak-free finish on windows and glass services. Wipe the inside windows from side to side, and the outside windows from top to bottom This makes it easier to see which side needs further cleaning. credit Country Living
I really like that idea and frankly never thought very much about it but it makes sense! The vinegar and water make for a great way to clean and shine so many things and I do use it but I add essential oils! I know confession time, I Hate the vinegar smell but it dissipates after awhile thank goodness.
Window cleaning on an early spring day
I learned a great tip years ago from a friend named Diane. She worked with me in the strawberry field and also cleaned houses. She cleaned a Lot of windows and said this simple mixture worked best for her and the other housekeepers. She was right it does work really well on dirty windows. Now keep in mind it may take a little muscle but it works! A clean window is a sparkling window!
Window Cleaning Mixture for Dirty Windows
- 1 bucket water with Blue Dawn Ultra Original Dishwashing Liquid a few squirts like you would do for dishes. **tip only that particular Dawn works for this well.** Special cloth for that bucket only
- 1 bucket clear clean water for rinsing. **Special cloth for that bucket only.
- 1 larger soft cloth for drying to squeaky clean. **Use an old clean cloth diaper, worn t shirt, tea towel anything that will dry and not leave lint on windows. I have some diapers that I've been using now for over 40 years!
Current cost $2.99
I'll be honest with you I didn't like this to begin with,
(you know the Windex generation)
But with use over time I've changed my mind!
I like this it works good for those in between hard washing of windows.
current cost $5.99
I like this a lot! It is a light cleaner and it is excellent!
Smells so wonderful, has an almond scent and does a great job for everyday cleaning
Current cost $3.99
I like to use this at least once a week
Sponge ~ Grove Collaborative or Full Circle Walnut Scrubber
Hey I'm showing the real thing here! This was the top of my kitchen cabinets above stove. After a few years of neglect. I have a large step stool/ladder that I use and then I do a balancing act on the edge of my counter tops to reach it. This is me below! (yeah right I wish)!
It is a little tricky and at sixty something I probably should be careful, but that is how I reach my tall cabinets in the kitchen and laundry room.
Clean and with very little effort!
A bowl of clean water and this spray took care of it in a short time!
(No I'm not compensated/paid to say this--wish I were lol I just like the products!)
Top of cabinets cleared and cleaned
They were a mess and I cleaned them right before the painters came in to paint the kitchen. It was easier than I thought it would be with the Mrs. Meyers Multi Surface Cleaners. I have a new love of these cleaners! The scents are amazing and they clean really well! They are inexpensive as well. I love the essential oils!
This set in many many scents is currently only $10.99
Dish Soap, Hand Soap and Multi Surface Cleaner
It is official now I must have OCD! Who knew? Maybe a slight case of it anyway, because when I run out of one of these I can't seem to use one in another scent! I'll pull out one from same scent or put away until I can get another with same fragrance! They do make cleaning more fun that is for sure!
I spent a better part of yesterday making my laundry soap/detergents. It can take a while but is so worth the effort. A little bit of time spent on a good supply can last you many months and lots of cash that you can use for other things! You can find my personal mixtures here and I do recommend them because they actually work!
I love Rosie
I use this for my tough heavy duty laundry soap
This time of year is a time when I clean the carpets and rugs thoroughly. I like to clean them always in the spring and again in the fall then maybe a few in between. Over the years I've had many carpet cleaner/shampooers by Hoover and they've been alright but I now own another that works even better and is much lighter, 17 1/2 lbs. The Bissell 1548 ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Full-Size Carpet Cleaner. It is extremely light and much easier to carry upstairs. I started cleaning the carpets after the painting and need to finish. This cleaner works so well I like it! I don't own an indoor pet but have many outdoors and probably track in some of their "stuff"! I figured if it would clean up behind them it will clean and it does!