Tuesday, January 1, 2013

cleaning day aid

Whew! The Christmas decorations are finally down and put in in their assigned space in the attic, with several new storage containers now glamorizing my attic. This definitely was an all day job involving able- bodied family members, willing or not. My house seems empty now, somewhat forlorn. But that will not be for long because tomorrow has been declared Cleaning Day, with a capital C, capital D!

Rose and I are enjoying a break of sorts here at the moment sipping tea, and while I make a detailed list of what must be done starting early tomorrow morning, she comments on something or another on Pinterest. It is a restful moment before I head to the kitchen to complete the fixings of my New Years Day menu of BBQ Chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread. The cooking was pre-planned and cooked earlier knowing how tuckered out I would be after the flurry scurry of the day's activity.

A dear friend of mine and her five lovely daughters will sail into my house at 9:00 sharp tomorrow morning and we will clean the lower level of my house from top to bottom. This is a cleaning crew of nine females, am I blessed or what?

So in honor of cleaning, I am sharing a most propitious, but extremely simple cleaning aid. I first heard of this on Lesley's blog and I have now developed the keen habit of keeping jars of this always under my kitchen sink. It smells good and can be used to naturally clean so many things.

For dusting cloths I prefer cotton diapers or cut up cotton baby receiving blankets, really anything cotton works wonderfully. Having different weights of fabric for your cloths I have found can be helpful too. Keep your lemon and orange peelings then mix a combination of  1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of water and put into a glass jar. Layer the peelings between the damp cloths and secure with a tight fitting lid on the jar. These will keep in a dark area for quite a long time and when you need to clean just open the lid, take out a cloth and the smell of clean accosts you with such pleasantness.

Now tell me, don't you just want to go and clean something?

Happy New Years!


wayside wanderer said...

Wow, you are blessed. Cleaning is in my very near future but I am not putting Christmas decor away until next week at the earliest. I'm enjoying it all too much.

The dB family said...

Ohhh, this would make cleaning really enjoyable. I love the scent of citrus.


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