And well, I am not exactly a gardener (you can read more about that whole shenanigan here: Greenthumbery.), but I do enjoy a good foul-weather day that forces me to actually get a few things done around the house. I am sure this is God’s way of keeping in line.
I fancy a clean house just as much as the next person, but it’s definitely more of a challenge these days. I once heard someone say that cleaning your house before the children are done growing is like shoveling before it’s done snowing. Couldn’t possibly be more true.
However, it must be done (and frequently requires copious amounts of coffee).
I quickly learned that my third child is much different from her older sisters. She is cunning, precocious, and really, really fast. (I imagine she is exactly like my husband was at the tender age of two and if you know my husband, you know exactly what I mean.) She is continually bubbling over with incessant vitality and spirit (also the reason I am consuming greater quantities of coffee these days.) She readily scales walls, cupboards, fences, and furniture. I removed the ladder from my older girls’ bunk beds to help curb her desire to climb. Now she just climbs into the top bunk by scaling up the side. (Is she part monkey???) I am convinced that nothing could ever be completely my kind of toddler-proof.
She loves to eat my all-natural deodorant and once sucked the ink out of Sharpie marker. Trust me, I have poison control on my speed dial. Most importantly… I. Love. Her.
I was making an effort to “green clean” before, but it’s certainly become more of a priority in our home since this sweet baby arrived. (You can read more tips here: Super Secrets.)
Natural cleaning products are in abundance these days, but they are so darn pricey. I have everything I need right in my kitchen. I can clean my whole house with just vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemon juice.
Here are a few of my favorite natural cleaning recipes:
Pour 1 c. of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 c. of hot vinegar. Place a cloth over the top of the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Flush with hot water. Works like a charm!
Place baking soda with lemon juice in a small dish to absorb odors around the house.
Use 1/4 c. white vinegar in place of liquid fabric softener. Softens and freshens clothes and removes odors.
Sponge full-strength white vinegar over stickers several times and wait 15 minutes. Then rub off. Also works well for sticky residue left behind by labels or price tags!
Window & Mirror Cleaner
Mix 2 tsp. of white vinegar with 1 quart of warm water. Use crumpled newspaper (black and white only, not color) or a cotton cloth to clean. (Don’t clean windows when the sun is on them or if they are warm or streaks will show. Be sure to follow recipe. Using too much vinegar will eventually cloud windows.)
NOTE: You can recycle old baking soda used for deodorizing the refrigerator and freezer by using it to clean around the house!