simple non-toxic floor cleaner

Cleaning is not my favorite thing in the world. Really it’s something that I’ve fought for a long time. Stupid adult responsibility. While we’ve all got different standards of cleanliness, we all have to do it. I mean eventually you have to do laundry. Eventually you have to sweep. Eventually you have to clean dishes. I have all sorts of tricks up my sleeve to making cleaning “fun”. I’m motivated by activities that involve multiples senses. I like to turn on an audiobook, light a good smelling candle, have a snack in a bowl that I can grab every time I complete something, or try to get my space as bright as possible. Doing at least one of those things helps motivate me to clean.

Recently though I’ve gotten more interested in cleaning techniques, products and tricks. Often I look up new ways to clean whatever it is, which makes the whole process more enjoyable. Mopping for example. I’ve always used some chemically floor cleaner. About 3 times a year, I dump some blue super chemically smelling stuff in a bucket and mop up the floor.

I decided to try something new with the whole floor cleaning business. I found a non-toxic formula that had great feedback online and gave it a go.

IMG_8888Mix one gallon of hot water with 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 Tbs baking soda and a few drops of your favorite dish soap.

It’s that simple. You can use it on your kitchen floor and it’s great for your wood floors. After a good sweep and dust mop, I was actually excited to clean. The moment I started mopping I could tell the difference. First off it smelled amazing and fresh. Secondly, it actually got marks off the floor much more easily than my chemically store bought stuff.

Here are some “after” photos…well more like “during” photos. I had recently finished mopping and while the floors are still shiny-wet in these photos, I’m amazed at how they’ve retained a nice reflection in them after drying.

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IMG_8896 IMG_8897But I don’t know why I felt it necessary to mop the floor this particular day. Especially since we’re in a muddy after-snow transition, and without any type of entryway for said muddy stuff the floors quickly got some nice spots on them. But hey you can’t stop living. IMG_8887Maybe I’ll tell you about my laundry tricks someday. It’s seriously a little wacky. I just like trying new things to keep it interesting, which makes my laundry methods a bit intense.

And here’s a picture for your viewing pleasure. Gideon, on nicely laundered bedding. IMG_8919

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Deep Dish Zucchini Pizza

Every summer I’m pulling my hair out trying to find new and creative ways to use up zucch. My lovely sister-in-law sent over this recipe which uses 4 zucchini. That means one of our huge ones, but non-the-less I was grateful for the opportunity to use it up! Turns out this recipe is a total keeper. If you’re dairy sensitive, eh, I’m sorry? It’s the cheese that makes this dish. We make pizza a few times a month. I’ll be making this from now on.

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Deep Dish Zucchini Pizza

Ingredients

4 shredded unpeeled zucchini – wring out water.

1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Garlic Powder (to taste)

Italian Seasoning (to taste) (I make italian seasoning like this: two parts basil, two parts oregano, one part thyme, pinch of sage, pinch of garlic powder)

Directions

  1. Combine zucchini with the eggs, Parmesan, mozzarella,  and cheddar cheeses, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Press into greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-40 minutes until set. Meanwhile, prepare your optional ingredients for the pizza.
    1. If you’d like meat: Ground beef, italian sausage, ground turkey, pepperoni, meatballs (primal style), or ham. (Divide a total of 8 -12 oz of meat)
    2. Onions, green pepper, broccoli florets, mushrooms, spinach, red pepper, or pineapple. (Large slices, enough for each layer)
    3. Shredded mozzarella, shredded cheddar, shredded provolone, and/or shredded italian blend. (1/4 cup per layer)
    4. Roma Tomato Slices
  3. Spread tomato slices over the top of the zucchini (use these instead of sauce).
  4. Layer other ingredients in this order: meat, vegetables, cheese,  and sprinkle of garlic powder & italian seasoning.
  5. Make 2 – 4 layers, depending on how deep you want your pizza.
  6. Bake for another 20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

You’re welcome.

Pyrex Update

It’s been awhile since I posted about my obsessive collecting of vintage Pyrex. That’s probably because my collection’s growth slowed substantially when I started putting most “extra” money I had into my Etsy shop.

But alas, with Christmas time, a time in which people like to give people things, also came my birthday. Another time in which people like to give people things. And I got some pretty cool things.

In no order particular, here are some new Pyrex items I’ve recently acquired:

Snowflake Blue & Spring Blossom butter dish – 1970s. These butter dishes are SO cute. Any Pyrex collector can tell you it’s mandatory that you have a butter dish. Though the jewel in the rough is finding a butter dish in its original box. (Thanks Marsha for the Snowflake Blue!)

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Holly Days Mug – 1985. Gasp! When I pulled these beauties out of the bag I almost had a heart attack. I have been looking for Pyrex holiday mugs everywhere! I have yet to even see any…ever. At this moment in time they are the gem of my lot. Even better still they were made the year I was born, making for a very fitting birthday gift. (Thanks Tyler and Julie!!)

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Spring Blossom Summer Impressions Gravy Boat – 1970 – I’m a little obsessed with this gravy boat right now. Firstly, I’ve never seen one, ever. Secondly, it’s in perfect condition. And thirdly, it’s the most awkward thing I’ve ever seen, haha! It’s clunky and the shape is odd. If you were to hold it, you’d notice right off that it doesn’t seem quite right…like it’s not symmetrical or something. It’s for all those reasons that I LOVE this thing. (Thanks Mom!)046 047

Snowflake carafe – 1970s. I’ve got a few Pyrex glass pitchers, but I’d been on the look out for Pyrex coffee pots. Viola! I stumbled upon this one. It’s in great shape. Most glass carafes show some major sign of wear, burns and scratches. But not this one! I can’t use it on the stove until I get a hot plate to distribute the heat. Otherwise it’ll shatter…and I’ll be unhappy.

040 042Yellow square casserole dish with lid – ??. I’ve been trying to track down info on this casserole dish. It’s so fantastic! It’s got a great square shape with matching lid. The coloring is so perfect, you’d think it’d been made yesterday. (Thank Mom!)055 056When trying to find the exact date of the dish, I did come across this old advertisement for it:Pyrex AdvertismentThat’s definitely a pre-70s advertisement, wouldn’t you say? But who knows…

I’m going to compile a “dream list” of the Pyrex patterns and models that I’m still looking for. I get emails and texts from people who spot pieces and wonder if it’s something I’d want…this way everyone can print off my dream list, keep it on their person at all times, and go thrifting for me. Right?