Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Today was the day to replenish my cleaning supplies. With the mini financial crisis brought on by Mike’s medications and his position in the donut hole, we have been looking at ways to cut back on expenses. And of course I have been a follower of Green Clean: the Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home (Melcher Media, 2005) for a few years now.
I also usually have an abundance of lavender and thyme in my garden and I can use those herbs in some of the homemade cleaners. I put a cup or so of lavender flowers and a cup or so of thyme sprigs in a quart jar and then fill with white vinegar. Some times I use sage or mint, too. After that steeps for a couple of days, I strain the vinegar into a spray bottle. It is an effective disinfectant.
I use this for a daily shower spray. If you give the tile or tub enclosure a good scrub to start with, this will keep the soap scum at bay a bit longer between major cleanings. Put 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons of borax, 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap (I like Eucalyptus scented), and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Fill with hot water. Spritz away.
And did you know that you can fill a spray bottle with club soda and use it as a window cleaner. Mike says club soda is meant for mixing with Canadian whisky and should not be wasted on house hold drudge tasks. Some are just not willing to go all the way for green living.