We missed spring cleaning at our house, now we’re working on Summer Spruce Ups. While we keep a tidy house, somethings get skipped, or as my Mom use to say “Give it a lick and a promise till next time.”
We try to stay away from as many household cleaning chemicals as possible as I have a high degree of industrial chemical allergies. I can’t for instance, be in the same house, much less the same room, as Comet Powered Cleanser, yet it’s probably one of the best cleansers ever. We keep a can in the garden shed, stored in a lidded metal can as my husband uses it to clean the wheels and tires of our truck. I don’t even go outside till that chore is over and done.
So what do we use in the house? Vinegar! Cleans almost anything alone, sometimes one needs to add a bit of baking soda. Here is a great site, Vinegar Tips, with tips with 1001 uses for Vinegar.
One of my favorites:
Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.
Sure you might have to do it more often, but better than chemicals in the run off water!
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Seems as if we double up on cleaning before we decorate here. As certified Disneyland fanatics portions of our home reflex the love we have for certain rides at DLand. Over the past five years we’ve gently shifted our Holiday Decorating to match New Orleans Square and yes, Pirates of the Caribbean (including the first three movies). Captain Jack Sparrow would feel right at home.
But cleaning the POTC ride could not be much more work that cleaning around here. And today I realized it’s already December 6th and not a thing has been done instead yet! My own version of Captain Jack Sparrow has been cleaning outside. Besides the annual raking leaves he decided it was time to remove some tree roots in the front yard, from our dear old tree which had to be taken down last year. I finally get the tree of all trees in a front yard to decorate, and after 5 years it has to be removed. I still miss it. The tree removal man did grind up the stump and some of the roots which were above ground level and since then we have had long and involved discussions on how to repair the front yard. Finally action was taken yesterday and my husband has spent two days digging up and prying up old roots. Actually we could build a fish pond or aquatic garden as we certainly have a depression. So much so we’ve had to put up orange fencing in case anyone decides to take a short cut through our yard (we live on the corner so a few of the kids cut through if they are in a hurry).
Tomorrow I’m told is “clean the driveway day” because of course it was too hot all summer to do this, and in just a few days it will drop to 30 degrees so let’s clean that driveway while we can! I’m not sure what he’s cleaning up as we always use clay cat litter for spills or spots, not that we have many. We even carry it in the car and truck as I can’t abide seeing fluid from radiators puddled anywhere, knowing how attractive it is to animal, and how deadly it is. We have spread hundreds of dollars of clay litter under stranger’s cars and trucks the past 25 years.
I did round up a nice article on how to Pressure Wash Your Driveway…here on the hgtv.com site.
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