Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
I’m writing this while wearing my favorite old Pogues concert tee, so I’m green in more ways than one today!
This week’s goal is Clean!
When last I showed you a peek of my very messy office, I told you that I would be purging it that week. However, an upper respiratory infection put the kibosh on that for a bit. So yesterday, my intrepid intern Gina helped me get caught up in the purging AND cleaning department.
See, we’re making some progress.
Purging is going well, although the desk and filing cabinets are still waiting for their new homes. There are several piles of things to be sold in a garage sale or donated to Goodwill, and mountains of old paperwork are awaiting scanning, shredding, or enshrining as needed.
The cleaning effort involved much vacuuming, mopping, wiping of surfaces, and general decluttering. Of course, this is what’s going to happen with each and every room that I work on this year, so I thought I would use my cleaning post each month as an opportunity to spotlight one specific area of “green” cleaning.
Today, I thought I would share with you my favorite book on non-toxic household “recipes”, Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living, by Annie Berthold – Bond. This book is not just on cleaning your home, it also has natural formulas for everything from skin care to pest control. Lot’s of them. I love it!
Since one of the things I want to do in this room is let in more of the beautiful natural light, I thought it would be a good idea to thoroughly clean the windows. However, we weren’t able to get to that yesterday, so tomorrow’s the day, and I’m going to try the “super-duper dirty window cleaner” from “Better Basics”. I’ll let you know if it works. Meanwhile, here’s the formula if you want to try it yourself:
1/4 teaspoon washing soda
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups club soda
Dissolve the washing soda in hot water, then pour into a spray bottle. Add liquid soap and club soda. Shake well, then spray windows and wipe clean.
Next week I’ll begin the planning process. That’s when things should really get fun!
If you want to get caught up on what this is all about, you can read the original Week #1 post here.