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

Eeekkk!

I. Am. Amped.

There have been several instances in which I’ve referred to Smittenkitchen.com. A cooking site by Deb Perelman that my BF4Eva Julie told me about. The recipes are imaginative, simple, and perfectly suitable for a moderately-abled cook, like myself. Once a week at least, I am making something from her site.

Her pictures and words are gorgeous. She cooks out of her own humble little kitchen and most often provides step by step-ish pictures, which I find really helpful when trying out a new technique.

I knew she had a cookbook coming out, but I figured I would just keep looking up recipes on her site and never have to spend a dime. That is until I realized that she, like a smart business women, only posts a teaser of the recipes provided in the book. Ack! I must have them.

THEN I found this out: She’s doing a book tour. Gasp! I wish I would have had my webcam on when I was realizing this. It would have caught an image of a blank expression…glittering eyes. Then a hushed, “Yes!” whispered to myself. I focused in hard, with furrowed brow and clammy hands. I fumbled around her book tour schedule until I found what I was looking for. “Portland, OR – Powell’s Books on Burnside, November 5th, 7:30pm”. Yes!

Normally, I would go with Julie to this…but she moved 2,696 miles away. So I can’t. I can always make my hubby go with me (make is a strong word as he’d actually find this enjoyable). I strongly encourage any of you Oregon folk to come! I’m going to be making a Smitten Kitchen dinner beforehand, just to add to the festivities. Sigh. I can’t wait.

While I daydream and wait for that day to arrive, I’ll be working on a huge crate full of clothes needing to be mended. Yeah for me.