The temperature tonight is going down to 33° or 34°, depending on the source. Whichever, it is getting c.o.l.d tonight! So I've carried in my deck plants, all 28 of them! And 28 is after I combined a few to save space here in the house for the winter. Whew! What a job. I spent about an hour repotting, then another hour carrying them in and getting them nestled in their cozy spots for the next seven months.
I still have to go move the geraniums from the steps to a warmer spot on the deck, under the deck roof, where they will be covered for tonight. Then I will set them back out for a few more days. The temps are "rising" again, into the mid-40s and mid-50s for the next few nights.
For a couple years I've been working on changing my household cleaning routine. Oh, I still clean when I get around to it! No, I'm no better at that! LOL! I've been changing my cleaning products. Now I'm using almost no store-bought products. I'm trying to cut down on the chemicals to which I expose myself on a regular basis. With my lung condition getting worse, I'm really concentrating on it now. I do not want to be dealing with COPD in a few years!
I'm cleaning windows and mirrors with simple vinegar and water.
I'm scrubbing sinks, counter tops, bathroom fixtures, etc., with washing soda and borax.
If I feel one of the surfaces needs some extra sanitizing, I use hydrogen peroxide in a small spray bottle. Or just straight white vinegar.
I clean the tile floors with vinegar and water. (Did you know vinegar is a sanitizer?)
The toilet is cleaned with baking soda and vinegar.
The dishwasher gets a combo of borax and washing soda with 3 drops of Dawn. And vinegar in the rinse aid cup for a nice sparkle.
And today I began washing clothes with borax, washing soda and fels naptha. The fabric softener is white vinegar. And I absolutely love it! Thank you, Di, for the recipe.
It has been bothering me that the commercial products I've been using in the washer cause horrible build up in the cups of the drawer of the washer, especially the fabric softener. I've used the same product for twenty years or more, but in the last year or so, it is making an incredible bunch of ick. I've been having to clean it out every few weeks. That tells me there is different in their formula, and whatever is building up in that cup is probably in my clothes, too.
So today I cleaned the detergent and softener tray one more time. Then .... I began my weekly laundry. I LOVE IT!!! Everything is very soft and smells sooooo good, just clean and fresh. BTW, if I want a nice scent .... there is no scent with this combination, just the smell of c.l.e.a.n .... I will stop at the herb shop and pick up some essential oils and add a few drops to the vinegar. Voilà!!
But now there is a problem. I can't think of anything else in the house to turn "green"!! sigh.
Oh, wait. I don't have a natural cleaner for the carpet. I'll be back in a while!
(Actually I do. Just plain white vinegar and water!)
Later, y'all! I'm gonna go clean something!