This past weekend's assignment for Apartment Therapy's January cure was to buy flowers, clean the floors and get together green cleaners. It was a nice easy task for the first weekend of the "cure".
The flower part of the task didn't seem very important and I was ready and willing to opt out of it. However, while I was at the grocery store, I came across a potted tulip plant and I just couldn't resist. Boy am I glad I didn't skip out on buying flowers. Just having them around has made my house feel more quaint and much more like a composed home, even when the house is in shambles from my big painting project.
Speaking of cleaning, gathering green cleaners was no hard task for me. I always have vinegar and baking soda on hand, ever since my sister in law convinced me of their frugal cleaning properties. I also like to use these cleaning recipes from Macheesmo. I always have their All-Purpose cleaner on hand and need to make another batch of the Bath, Sink and Tile cleaner. It works so well at removing soap scum from the bath tub. When I am feeling too lazy to whip up a batch of it I just sprinkle baking soda in the tub, scrub with a cloth and rinse it down with a few splashes of vinegar. Works like a charm. Oh, and to mop, I mix vinegar and hot water (I never measure) with about 5 drops of either lavender or peppermint essential oil. If I am feeling fancy enough, I will add both lavender and peppermint oil.
So, that was a little taste of my weekend. How was yours? Any dirt extravaganzas going on in your home?