...is one of my least favourite activities. Ok, it is sometimes very satisfying when something is very grubby but it's the never-ending day-to-day stuff that I dislike.
I used to have a very good excuse for avoiding it; each time I donned the rubber gloves & armed myself with the spray cleaner it wouldn't be long before I started wheezing (& no, it was not the sheer volume of physical effort being put into the cleaning!) I'd also get a bit headachy. It began to dawn on me that maybe it was the contents of the spray bottles that were the problem.
So I began to look for a solution, literally! I consulted some old fashioned books & pondered. I tried a variety of different things but the best for me is one scribbled down on the back of an old envelope whilst watching Kim & Aggie on TV some time ago...
General Cleaning Fluid
Add the following to a spray bottle and shake thoroughly...
1 tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda in USA)
½ teaspoon of Washing-up-Liquid (very hard to measure so I guess)
2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
5-10 drops of Essential Oil for fragrance if wanted (at the moment I am using Lavender and Rosemary but I have added Lemon, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Orange)
I used to add a teaspoon of Borax but you can't buy it anymore. The Borax substitute seems to be Bicarbonate of Soda...
Shake before using (added sneaky exercise!)
I label the bottle with the recipe so that it’s really easy to make up a new batch when needed.
I’ve been doing this for at least 8 years now & it works for me. Here’s what I like about it...
It’s good at getting everyday gunk off surfaces especially sinks, basins & the hob. If I want to clean wood with it I dilute with an additional 500ml of water & wring the cloth out very thoroughly. To wash floors, I splosh some into a bucket with water (& add extra lemon juice if the floor is as sticky as it was after some of this year’s Elderflower Champagne made a bid for freedom.. .) I wouldn’t stand up & declare that I could eat my dinner off the surfaces or floor but then who does? (I prefer a plate!)
I love the fact that this cleaning fluid is really easy to make as most of the ingredients are already lurking in the kitchen anyway.
It smells much better than the spray cleaners I used to use. (& I'm in total control of the fragrance)
It makes me smug to think how much money I’ve saved over the last 8 years.
Best of all, no more wheezing or headaches!
So no more excuses for me...