Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring Cleaning

A much needed Spring Cleaning is happening at the Decker household!

I've wondered if having a clean home could be used for the Kingdom and glory of God and I think I've landed on YES!  A clean home is fosters calm, peace, discussion, relationship, and enjoyment.  Cleanliness or a pretty home should not be an idol but certainly a goal for blessing the ministry of our home and the people who enter our doors.

In that knowledge, I place a high value on cleaning with natural products.  That means no artificial dyes/colors/chemicals.  It keeps the air in our home clean, promotes healthy lungs/bodies, and actually gets things clean not just covered up with flowery scents.  Plus it is WAY affordable and economical!

Here are my favorite recipes for cleaning and a few after shots of our sparkly home (p.s. It doesn't always look like this but with a husband out of the country and the time available, it is nice :))

(Much better! Clean, bright, and ready for Spring!} 

{Doesn't that turquoise make you ready for Easter and warm weather?}

Needed:
1-2 large squirt bottles
1 bottle of Tea Tree essential Oil or Lemon Essential Oil
1 large jug of white vinegar
1 bottle of dish soap
2-3 fresh lemons
A mop
Clean rags

Oven/Shower or Bathtub:

Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply to inside oven or walls of shower.  Let set for a few hours (I allowed 1 hour) and scrub away with an abrasive sponge and hot water.

Floors/All Purpose Cleaner (counters, kitchen, etc):

Combine 1 part vinegar to 5 parts warm water in squirt bottle.  Put in about 10 drops of tea tree or lemon oil and a small squirt of dish soap. Mix well and continue with mopping as normal.

Windows/Glass:

Mix 1 part vinegar to 20 parts warm water in squirt bottle.  You can use newspapers to avoid streaks or a soft cloth will work well too.

Sinks/Toilets:

Spray a bit of your vinegar mixture around the bowl or sink.  Sprinkle enough baking soda to coat and stick.  Finally squeeze lemon over the surface so that the soda fizzles and loosens the grime.  Let sit for a few minutes and wipe away with hot water and a sponge.

Random tips to consider:
-Use this season to wash all sheets, slip covers, bed coverings, and pillow cases in a hot water cycle.  
-Move furniture to get gather hair, dust, pet fur, and food debris
-Consider taking out chair and couch cushions to vacuum in the crevices of your furniture
-Take a cabinet at a time and remove all items, wipe out with all purpose vinegar cleaner and organize!
-Front porches and decks are often forgotten.  If the weather allows hose down your entry way, deck, and clean away bugs/spider webs from light fixtures outside
-Go through your closet to dust/clean and also to donate unused items to create a clutter free space
-This is a great time to clean out your freezer and fridge.  Throw out expired food and disinfect drawers/shelves in unit with hot water and vinegar mixture.

Enjoy your clean home, fresh home!  The 65 degree weather at our house was the perfect day for coffee in a clean house, walks with Harpo around town, and friends over for dinner.

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
194. Uniquely Made Conference (see side bar)
195. A day off
196. Simple spring decorating
197. Warm walks in the morning
198. Driving with the car windows down
199. Ella Fitzgerald
200. Blue dishes from Mom
201. Laughing with Linny on the phone
202. Skype calls in from my hubs
203. Creativity with chalk
204. Learning you can indeed use too much oregano
205. Two robins living in our birdhouse
206. Walking barefoot through our house
207. Psalm 31
208. E-cards to and from Ryan
209. Pops of colors around our home
210. Rhythms of daily life

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
1 Peter 1:22

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