So I have this huge house to clean and lots of energy with which to clean it.
And since I am cleaning it I am not, as they say, procrastinating on my packing! No, I am being gainfully employed!
Actually I have been dutifully trying out all my “new” cleaning products that the kidlets and I assembled. I am calling it “practical chemistry” for them, and fun for me.
We did learn a few things. When they say non-sudsing dish detergent that means no BUBBLES 😦 Yeah, Momma had better read the titles of the soaps more and not so much choosing her recipes based on ingredients and if I have them or not 😆
So, the Borax and Vinegar in the toilet bowl. Check and it works a-ok.
Non-sudsing Dish detergent. Works pretty great, but doesn’t have much long term power on really greasy dishes. I have found that the best thing to do with it is to dallop some of the soap in the pan, give it a good pre-wash rinse and then I can give it a finally good touch of elbow grease and get it clean. So, unless I find a better dish soap recipe, this one works for dishes but not pots and pans. And as the dishes go in the dishwasher… I’m not needing this soap.
Dishwasher detergent: Still using up my tabs and haven’t even assembled the powder home made dishwasher soap yet. Have them but just bidding my time.
Home made window and mirror cleaner: When they say buff, they mean give it a buff. Works wonderful and I find it kind of does resist steam spots from the DH’s showers. However, still not powerful enough to eliminate kid marks. But kid marks are a sign of a home, so no worries! I’d give this one a check, works great.
All-purpose cleaner: I like this one too. I was using a mix of 1 tbsp bleach to 1 cup water before and still running into the oops I spotted my clothes again issue. This cleaner doesn’t use bleach, but lemon juice and does a nice job. Cuts a fair amount of grease. Check and works just fine.
Floor Cleaner: Err, okay I wasn’t patient and didn’t wait to use this. It worked fine, but I still have to give it the major test of clean. I’ll let you know how it works when I clean the Mud Room. Check with-held pending further testing!
Laundry Detergent: Well, at the moment we are not using home made detergent nor are we using store detergent either. Nope, we are using Nellie’s Laundry Soda . I also use their dryer balls. I have found that in deed, the dryer balls have cut back on the length of time it takes to dry the clothes and no I do not need fabric softner. I have used a sheet on some loads where I know there is a static issue. The laundry soda uses 1 tbsp per load and works amazingly well on farm clothes as well as normal. And I find the clothes do have a slightly different feel with this system.
Anyhow, there goes some of my fun experiments into home made cleaning projects. My recipes have all come from this book: Home Made, Best Made. As for what is left, I have washed the hallway walls, the stair case and all the trim in that area. Tonight the bathroom cupboards, walls, trim and ceiling. I gave the kitchen wainscotting a good go over about 1 month ago, and did all the windows in the house not to long ago as well.
So some more regular house cleaning, but I should have things fairly clean when we move out.