Monday, July 2, 2012

Purging and cleaning

Wow, how much stuff can one family of 6 accumulate in 29 years?  TONS!!!  I feel like I have been going through stuff for ages.  We have already donated a bunch and taken a van load to our friends' barn, where we will be having a yard sale.  And I have another pile of boxes and multiple chairs to take over as well, with more to go through.  This month we'll be going to an 18th century event and I will be bringing along 10 boxes and 3 large bags of 18th c. clothing, asst fabric, books, magazines, etc of interest to the 18th c. crowd.  I go through an area and box up a bunch of things to get rid of then go back again in a few days and whittle the remaining items down even further.  I am starting to see some progress.  Just don't come over and expect to see the living room floor.

We need to look for a realtor (anyone know a good one or have tips on how to find a good one?) so I need to get some order to this chaos.  In the midst of going through all our stuff cleaning has taken a back seat, not that I cared that much about cleaning anyway ;)  But I figure I should at least clean the bathrooms.  The downstairs bathroom was disgusting!  My husband and son are the only ones who use that bathroom and I think they are both shedding!  There was hair everywhere!  This bathroom has a tub/shower unit that I hate to clean.  The floor has a rough finish that is impossible to keep clean.  I have used many different products in an attempt to clean it all to no avail.  But I've finally found something that works great.  Vinegar and baking soda!  I infused my white vinegar with orange peels so the smell is quite pleasant, not vinegary at all.  A stiff scrub brush and I have removed scum and stains that have resisted my attempts for years.  And everything is so white!  And I don't need ventilation to clean the bathroom.  I put my infused vinegar in a spray bottle and baking soda in an old parmesan cheese container.  After the area to be cleaned is wet I sprinkle baking soda on it and go away for a few minutes.  Then I spray the area with vinegar and scrub with the brush.  It works especially well on the hard water deposits on my faucets.  It even works in the toilet, if it's not too dirty.  I wish I had known about this when my kids were little and they wanted to help clean, no harsh chemicals/fumes to harm them.

So now I keep my containers of baking soda and vinegar, along with an assortment of brushes in various sizes, in an old shower caddy and I'm ready to go.

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