Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings . Out with the old and in with the new. Time to shake out the cobwebs, both literally and figuratively. Spring is a great time for embarking upon cleaning and reorganizing projects around the house, office and yard. In keeping with this theme, I have found a couple of recipes and ideas for old-fashioned cleaning products from the Reader’s Digest. Enjoy!
Brass and Copper Paste Polish
can be used to brighten up your tarnished unlacquered brass and copperware
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup hot water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients to form a paste. Using a soft cloth, rub the mixture onto the metal surfaces to remove tarnish. Rinse the object thoroughly with warm water. Dry with soft clean cloths and then buff to a shine with a soft flannel cloth or chamois.
Chrome and Stainless Steel Polish
this removes stains as well as dirt and fingerprints
1/4 teaspoon baby oil
1/2 cup club soda
Apply a few drops of baby oil to a soft cloth or piece of flannel and wipe down the chrome or stainless steel surface. Use a second soft cloth moistened with the club soda to rinse off the oil. Dry and buff with a soft cloth.
Spicy Carpet Freshener
adds a nice smell to your rooms while you freshen the carpets
1 cup baking soda or cornstarch
7-10 drops essential oil in your favourite scent
In a large bowl, combine the baking soda or cornstarch with the essential oil. Break up any clumps with a fork and stir well. Pour the mixture into a cheese shaker or a can with holes punched in the lid. Sprinkle liberally on the carpet. Wait 30 minutes, then vacuum.
use on large wood cabinets, bookshelves, wardrobes, wood panelling; be sure to use a fresh batch for each use
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups warm water
(Can add 1-2 drops Sweet Marjoram or Cedarwood essential oil to mix)
Combine the ingredients in a bowl or container. Dip a soft flannel cloth into the solution and wring it out. Wipe over the wood. Buff and polish with a soft, dry cloth.
Enjoy your Spring Cleaning adventures!
|Did you know ……With Spring so close, the golfers are itching to get out on the courses again. To get folks excited about the upcoming season, here are a few quotes about Golf, sent to us by our good friend and avid golfer, Brenda: