Have you begun spring cleaning? An unexpected bit of sunshine has sent me into full on cleaning mode. Nothing like bright sun to illuminate the dirty windows, blinds, and baseboards. One good thing about living in a dark part of the world is that these things go unnoticed for most of the year.
I have always been a soap and water and elbow grease sort of girl. I know that there are tons of products out there to speed the process along, but I do not want the chemicals, or their smells, in my house. Turns out there is a book to bridge the gap. The Organically Clean Home by Becky Rapinchuk (cleanmama.net)
Most of us have heard about homemade Windex, but I had no idea you could replace every single cleaner on the store shelf with something less toxic. This little book has it all, from floor cleaners, to stove cleaners, to laundry soap, to antibacterial wipes. Seriously, there is nothing you can think of that is not covered here. I wish this book had been written 25 years ago.
In addition to the "recipes" for the cleaning products, there is information about ingredients, and suggestions for how often to clean things. The back of the book contains handy pre-printed and blank lists for cleaning chores. I keep a very tidy house, so these lists do not work for me, but for someone just starting to care for a house, or someone trying to get a handle on the chaos, this is a nice tool. There are also lists for deep cleaning, and weekend cleaning, and a stain chart.
Youngest Daughter moves into her first (non college controlled) apartment in the fall, and this book will be going with her.