Tuesday, April 7, 2009

If I were a mop, where would I be?

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland

Have you been reading and hearing about "surviving" the current economy until you could choke on it? Me too. But I've also been trying to not live in the false security of thinking it won't touch my family. Besides, a little belt tightening never hurt anyone.

Mary Hunt is an old hand, err, how about an experienced hand, at living frugally. I started reading her stuff when I was a much younger woman. Today she was talking about making your own cleaning supplies, not because they are better for the environment, but because they are cheap! Here's one for window cleaner:

Window Cleaner: 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 quarts warm water. Add cornstarch to water and mix well. Scrub mixture on window using a soft cloth. Use a clean dry cloth to dry and shine the glass. Your windows will sparkle for days.

The problem with these kinds of things is that they take time and energy, two things I'm seriously short of. But wouldn't it be so much better than continuing to buy all those plastic bottles and containers? (she says to herself in a pathetically unconvincing voice).

Even Real Simple, one of my favorite magazines, got into the act last month with their natural cleaning ideas. I mean, seriously, who knew what you could do with ketchup!

The really funny thing, in a sad sort of way, is that here I am talking about cleaning and my house is a complete disaster right now. Whenever we're working on renovating one room, the rest of the house gets ignored. The use of ANY kind of cleaning supply, green or otherwise, would be a big improvement! (Sigh)


Shari said...

Someone needs to make a window cleaning product that repels smudgies caused by dog noses pressed against the glass! Any window within snout reach is targeted in our house.

Extreme Educators said...

I started reading your post hoping for an answer to the mop question, cuz seriously, I need one. I sweep our kitchen floor a few times a week to try and keep it clean, but it really just needs some sort of moisture and some scrubbing. So if you were a mop, would you come to my house?