Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hello Old Friends

I’ve been turning into a more natural person since living in the country. It really isn’t hard to be more natural since I was not at all natural to begin with. I watch my husband garden, get milk from a farm, have reusable grocery bags, walk outside, and use a clothesline. I’ve even been on a little natural cleaning kick. There’s something fun and exciting about using vinegar and baking soda to clean stuff too. The fizzing makes me happy. I started to mix my own cleaning solution.

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I don’t know who Alice is. I got this recipe at ECFE from the Parent Facilitator. Her name is not Alice.

Alice’s Wonderspray, 32 ounce bottle

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 tsp. Borax

3 1/2 cups hot water

1/4 cup liquid dish soap

Optional: a few drops of essential oil (I’ve heard Tea Tree Oil is a good disinfectant but I already had the peppermint stuff from some failed craft project so I’m using that up. It smells good and minty.)

In 32 oz. spray bottle (guess where you can get these for $1?) mix vinegar, borax and water thoroughly. Add essential oil if desired. Add dish soap last.

It works great and it’s cheap to make.

But we’ve had the stomach flu in our house. Nothing makes me want to get on my knees and scrub the bathroom like I should more than that. So I had to go back to my old ways.

Hello, Mr. Clorox. Progress is being made when the house smells like a swimming pool.

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Even though I used bleach I still was kind of natural.

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And then I needed more germ killing peace. Thank you Lysol and generic Lysol wipes.

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But the flu came back. We happen to have a friend that sells commercial cleaning supplies to hospitals. That seemed like the kind of germ killing power we needed. CDC-10 sounds pretty high powered doesn’t it? It kills germs that I have never even heard of before. The bathroom was clean enough for me to take a bath in after I spent all day cleaning in my pajamas.

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If anyone else gets it I will be ticked at my high powered friends. But it won’t last. Even though I may choose the natural way more often, there will always be a place in my heart for my old friends. Just like we sing at Girl Scouts: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.

1 comment:

Lidiya Lastur said...

That's soo interesting because i spent the whole day yesterday cleaning in my pajamas too :) Your pictures remind me of where i was born, that's how we used to clean there, and yes we lived out in the country. Oh, i miss that place!
Nice blog :)