CREATING OUR HEALTH AND WEALTH thru HOUSE CLEANING
By Anita Sands Hernandez email@example.com
Want Life to be terrific? Want
wealth and health to come your way?
To inspire you to start this labor of getting spiffy, go outside, cut branches from trees, flowers if you find any, bring potted plants inside in baskets, with a plate set inside so you won't stain furniture. Fill the vases, mayo jars whatever. I particularly like ENGLISH IVY. It grows in abundance and has as much pizzazz as flowers. Only use the young tips, the last foot or so.When you finish, you know those spray perfumes people give you that you hate? They make good lightbulb spray.
The way your house feels when thusly loaded with blossoms will inspire you to brake for garage sales and pick up old vases for a quarter. VERY IMPORTANT for good home decor, or feng shui is lots of flowers and plants in the house. BUT BEFORE THAT, the most important thing is to DE CLUTTER!!!!
HOME-SPIFF Organization 101–NEVER MAKE A BED IN THE MORNING! EVER unless you intend removing all sheets to launder them! In Europe they air wash them, hanging sheets off windows, balconies. It isn’t just a fear of bedbugs. Sleeping all night in a bed makes it moist. You want that wetness of our sweat to evaporate! Never seal a’hot’ bed. Wait at least til after lunch to make the beds! So promise yourself to tell the family about this new, important habit. First thing in the morning, open all the beds to air them out. If you have some good cord, string it from window outside to a tree, hang some sheets to air. Beds can be made late in the day by MOM, before the family comes home or by the kids when they return from school. Get a bottle of febreze and snark a little lightly before the new bed is put back together.
Julie Morgenstern, the New York
author of Organizing From the Inside Out and time Management From the Inside Out, recommends a
approach to getting the most out of the space in your home: analyze,
strategize and attack.
Analyze. Decide what three to five functions are normally done in the
space. Ask everyone what's really essential in the room, and what works and
doesn't work about the space. For instance, in LIVING ROOM, nobody Watches tv.
So let’s forget about TV GUIDE being in there. Or snack tables. Nobody reads. GOODBYE
magazines! Put all that in the DEN.
Strategize. Lay out a "zone" for each function. Make one spot the
computer area, another the TV area. Maybe you'll have a reading corner.
Now figure out what you'll need in each. A chair and a bookshelf for
the reading area, perhaps - and that box with your scissors, sticky
notes and reading glasses.
Attack. Only after you have a plan should you start to do the work.
Making SPACE - Now, says
Morgenstern, it is time to work out your SPACE - meaning to
Sort, Purge, Assign, Containerize and Equalize.
Sort out similar items and group
them. Don't, for example, have the
bookshelf across the room from your reading chair, or your bound to end
up with a stack of books on the floor next your chair. Consider placing
a bookshelf perpendicular to the wall to help block off your reading
Now purge what doesn't belong.
Ask yourself, for example, if those
pencils rally have a reason to be in the reading corner.
Then assign everything a home.
Things should be put away in the same
place every time so everyone knows where they are- and where they go.
It's a lot like kindergarten: Everything had a place, and the items were
easily put away in about five minutes during clean-up time.
Next Containerize items,
Morgenstern says. Figure out what needs to be
in what container, determine what size the container should be, and then
go shopping. That might mean looking for basket and drawer units, or it
might mean buying a few extras of things you already have in your house.
Finally, Equalize: Have a rule
that everyday at a certain time, the room
gets cleaned up. And then once a year, give it an over-haul, checking to
see what you should keep an what you should throw away. This is
especially important if there are kids at home because their interests
change as they get older.
Organizing the room may seem like
a big task. But by planning before you
act, it should be easy. SPACE concepts from a designer.
http://www.juliemorgenstern.com has info on this.
It's easy to clean a house.
1.) Take a big box, walk around picking up all objects that look 'extra.' Later you'll know where to find them. Outside on table in sun.
2.) You throw in a load of laundry at a time.
3.) Vacuum and sweep the same areas, alternately. Dustpans, brooms great inventions. Prob don’t need vacuum!
4.) Turn on radio and listen to talk shows while you wash dishes. It keeps you from hating doing dishes.
5.) Don't bother making beds. Open them fully. Wide open. Leave them to breathe all day and exhale your aroma and dampness. Let them breathe themselves fresh. Lock bedroom door or the dog may add a new aroma.. Who looks at a bedroom anyway.EXPERTS tell us this kills the moisture that leads to mold in our pillows, mattresses and bedding. In Europe, they hang all bedding out on the line in sun! Read up on MOLD here, (click on URL)
6.) Take a broom, drape with rag, clean cobwebs above, in ceiling corners.
7. Pour old dishwater on kitchen floor, broom it out the backdoor. Then use the rag to rumba across floor 'til it's dry.
8.) Fill every vase in the house with flowers, branches. Leaves. Sheaves of wild grass plucked in alleys on way to market.
9.) Clean all sinks, drainboards with bleach, ammonia(never both at same time,)as MOLD must be eradicated. See why.or VODKA. clean toothbrushes, clean tilet bowl and seat and base. Then, Spray entire house with anything aromatic. Febreze fabric spray, cologne, incense. Room fresheners.
10) Dust-rag all shelves, books. Wax furniture with old, rancid handcreams.
11) On hands and knees, de-spot carpet with a heavy grade brush. Detergent/water/ammonia. Then use a rag to scrub up the water and soil. Every six months, during hot, dry weather, use a rented, 19$ 24 hour hot water shampooer with your own HOME MADE mix of shampoom same recipe as above. Give instructions to all house mates it’s coming so EVERY SINGLE THING, chairs, etc, is up on unmovable objects like beds.
12.) GET TO THE DIRTIEST SPOTS in the house, where GERMS collect.
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SPECIFICS OF CLEANING HOUSES
CLEANING AREA RUGS, INVENTIVE TIPS.
Clean with cheap stuff, ammonia, dish soap, (detergent liquids), old rancid face creams and body creams as furniture wax, not costly cleaners and waxes. A great website, http://www.pennysolutions.com/ tells you how to make your own. 99c for a bottle of dawn at super or 99c store, goes in a week? Our Mexican super market chain VALLARTA had mex soap detergent powder, 15 lbs for $5.99 put it in a big bucket still in plastic, scoop. Now use a tad for dishes w. very hot water to dissolve. I figure by next year I'll have to buy some more, but that was a ton of DAWN and TIDE I didn't have to buy! And get the big bottle Vinegar as it Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs Adapted from the "Care2 Ask Annie" newsletter. And it’s great as softener for last rinse of laundry. 1/3 cup is enuf.
Vinegar is a mainstay of the old folk recipes for cleaning, and with good reason. The vim of the vinegar is that it kills bacteria, mold, and germs. Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar - such as you can buy in the supermarket - kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can't claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show 48 Hours had a special last December with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.
Just like antibiotics, common disinfectants found in sponges and household sprays may contribute to drug resistant bacteria, according to researchers of drug resistance at Tufts New England Medical Center. Furthermore, research at the Government Accounting Office shows that many commercial disinfectants are ineffective to begin with, just like antibiotics.
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight (5 percent) vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.
Here is a list of OTHER homemade cleaners...just for FYI! A bit cheaper than buying... so there’s money left for the important stuff: Garage sales and new furniture. NEW TO YOU!
In a plastic jug, mix: 1/2; c. ammonia, 2 Tbsp baking soda, 1/3 c. white vinegar, water to fill jug. Save your old jugs. They abound in trashcans.
Rubbing alcohol and ammonia. This is a favorite. Spray it on and use a soft vegetable brush to brush the sinks, then rinse.
Ceramic tile and grout cleaner
1 cup baking soda, 1/2; c, vinegar, 1 c. ammonia, 7 cups warm water. This, obviously, can be divided by half. Spray on and wipe with a scrubbing pad. This is the equivalent of Tilex. At the time I read this, Tilex was 2.99 for 24 oz. This recipe cost .56 for the same amount
Window Cleaner Spray
Mix 3 c water & stir in 2 Tbsps ethylene glycol (antifreeze). Put in spray bottle.
Ammonia Wall and carpet Cleaner
Household ammonia, washing soda, white vinegar, 1 gal warm water. Measure ammonia, washing soda, and vinegar into water in a bucket. Mix. Store in clean bottle.
1 cup isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup ammonia, 1 Tbsp. soft soap, 13 cups warm water.
ANOTHER GLASS CLEANER. If you find an old bottle of windshield wiper solution in somebody's garage, discarded, put it in a spray bottle for glass cleaning.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mix 4 c sodium bicarbonate & 3/4; c caustic soda. Store in airtight can/jar. To use, sprinkle in toilet bowl, let stand 1/2; hr. Then brush and flush with clean water.
Scouring Powders 1/4; c soap flakes, 2 tsp borax, 1 1/2; c boiling water, 1/3 c whiting
Dissolve soap flakes & borax in boiling water by stirring mixture. Allow to cool to room temp. Add whiting & stir well. Store in sealed plastic or glass container in dry, cool place.
Jet Dry for the dishwasher
Mix in a jar, 1 cup borax and 1/2; c. baking soda. Add I Tbsp of this mixture to the dishwasher soap for each load.
---------------------MAKING FRUGAL SOAP
QUESTION: What can one do with those little slivers of melted soap that are saved? You know, Used soap, all kinds ---from all stores too. For handmade soaps, one can put the soap in a crock pot with a little milk and rebatch it and pour it into molds with some Essential oils.Another form of recycling for soap bits and pieces is make scrub sacks with them. Into a piece [nice big square say 5x5] of cheesecloth I lay my scraps, add a very generous handful [maybe 2 handfuls, I have small hands] of oatmeal [regular not quick oats] then a tablespoon or so of lavender or chamomile flowers. Gather the ends and tie off. That oatmeal feels divine. You can recycle your cheesecloth for later scrub sacks too.
Rebatching may not work with corporate soaps, because those are petroleum product based. However, scraps of homemade soaps can DEFINITELY be rebatched this way. Use 9 oz of cold milk to 24-32 oz of grated soap. yes, you should grate those slivers, or at least, break them into smaller pieces before attempting to melt them. Use leftover juice cans or tuna/cat food type cans to remold the soap in. Always allow rebatched soap to dry for three weeks before using it, or the soap will just dissolve in the shower.
FOR CORPORATE SOAPS
Save the old slivers from your house (and others, if people will part with them) and put them into a small canning or jelly jar. when the jar is filled nearly to the top and the soap is crammed in there pretty well, cover the soap pieces with water. Let sit on the counter for a day or so. Every day or so, smash the pieces together and gently stir the mass until it becomes one glob of soap. Use a braun handblender to whir it up, then pour into molds, make soapballs OR put it into decorative molds. Allow to dry to firmness. Takes weeks but it makes a huge impression on the kids. They get real frugal in every way, Years from now, they talk about how frugal their Mom was. It makes for great dining out conversation for the next century. SEE “CREATING THE FRUGAL CHILD.”
I personally have washed every kind of carpet. I love those rented shampooers that you empty every five minutes. I never buy the l0$ shampoo they sell you. I mix ammonia, dish soap with water and it works fine for a hundredth of the cost. The carpet absorbs the soap, then you suck up all the grungy, black, muddy water which goes back into the machine and you carry it over to bathroom and it goes down the toilet. Then go back and do that a hundred times. Imagine the amount of filth that carpets collect! Then You need a major RAG collection, and I’ve saved scroungey towels for 3 decades to be able to Lay TOWELS on every inch of carpet and stomp up and down to soak up last dampness. Keep radio on entire time you work. I like progressive talk shows, not music. I Rhumba to Ron Reagan Junior (AIR AMERICA)
Those shampooing machines do pull a lot of water from the floor, but if you have nice wood floors and own the property don't do it. This is the revenge-on-the landlords invention of all time. Landlords should make you sign a lease saying you won't ever use them. If you own the house, at least do this wood warping torture when it's exceedingly dry outside. Dry and hot.
Do huge 8 x 10 area rugs outdoors. I either lay it on the cement driveway soaking wet. I like the slope of hte driveway for draining. Or I hang it on the fence. How to get the dirt out? Ingeniousness to the rescue. I took a one by four scrap piece of board, a lumber piece a foot long, wrapped it in heavy plastic, like for green house walls, 6 mil? so it was slidey. Then when I got on knees, it slid over the surface of the carpet, squeegee-ing the water in its path, out of the carpet.
As I didn't have a deck, I used a concrete driveway that had a slanted pitch, down to the street. On hands and knees, I squee-jeed and water ran down the carpet to the street. Many times, hosed it, soaped it, squeegeed it. Let it dry on the slant. Dirt and water were squeezed/ drained out, down to the street. Didn’t drive car up the driveway, that's for sure. Parked it in street for a day.
My driveway gate was ten feet wide, wrought iron, so for medium carpets, I'd lay carpet over the top of gate, hose it, couldn't squeejee very well there, just hose and soap action.
THE HOUSE UP. Buy really awful, amateur night in Dixie stretched
canvases/ paintings at garage sales. If the art is awful enough, the Thrift
Store will be in agreement with you it's worth nothing, they should pay you to
take it away. Don't tell them that you’re going to use a canvas which even at
the cheapest art store, is very costly. Next, buy some oil or acrylic
paints and paint portraits and landscapes and then re use the frames you bought
them in. Remember this. IF the paint is OIL already, you cannot cover it
with acrylics. If the paint is acylics, you CAN cover it with oil.
NOW, hit the garage sales. Look for overstuffed furniture you can cover with fresh cottons. Sheets work. Buy a stack of printed sheets, whip stitch them into a coverlet tailored to the chair. Turn outside in and throw on 'til your ship comes in and you can afford reupholstering.
INTERIOR OF HOUSE LOOK LIKE GRAPES OF WRATH? REMEDY FOR WALLS.(CLICK HERE!)
EXTERIOR OF HOUSE looks like Afghanistan? Walk perimeter of bldg. FIX ALL BROKEN CORNERS OF THE HOUSE WITH CHEAP HOME MADE CEMENT . Use Cheap cement. Sounds neat, but how do we do that? Saw this in a chatroom. "I am curious as to how the newly laid block will hold up to the elements if it takes a few days to construct, seal, and roof the building. If I were doing this, it would be over several weekends, and I'm wondering if I could safely leave the partial walls etc.?? Maybe after your experimental brick has cured you can check its water resistance in that state, I'd try a batch myself, but my wife doesn't let me near her kitchen stuff.
ANSWER: go to a Home Depot, Lowes, Builder’s Square or similar building supply house, go back in the section which has pails of bedding mud for drywall joints, mortar mix etc. and look at the various tools. Among them will generally be two brands of mixers for insertion in a half-inch drill for mixing small quantities of mortar and paint. Buy one. It’s generally cheaper than a divorce.
If you soak paper strips overnight it pulps easier and more quickly. With 10% Portland in the mix, though cellulose brick will shed water it will be very absorptive if rained upon. That won’t cause any deterioration in the cellulose/cement brick, but until the excess water is re-evaporated the compressive strength would be reduced somewhat, sand and cement don’t compress but the cellulose component can (like sawdust-cement heavy on the sawdust)---not too important if there is no load on the wall.. After the walls are erected or after a roof-panel is made of the stuff and raised, a water-shedding paint should be applied. Take your choice of cement-paint (read the label) or acrylic latex-based paint.. Note that each has advantages and accompanying disadvantages. You can patch small joints, cracks or damage to a cement-paint wall with a little cheap Portland and water cement paste. You have to use epoxy to repair a wall painted with acrylic latex. Embed roofing fiber-tape for larger repairs (comes in four-inch rolls)
Making and testing samples is always advisable before plunging ahead. This stuff works fine. It was the subject of an article in Countryside four or five years back for someone who built himself a quickie, small dome, and Jack Bays (don’t know if he is still alive), an eccentric in Cedaredge, Colorado, used to sell a king-size malted-milk mixer you dropped in a fifty-five gallon barrel to mix this and other good stuff of his devising.
Since it was then more available and of even less value (stores paid you to haul it off), he used pulped cardboard boxes, in which the fibers are a little stronger than those in paper.
There have been some recent developments along these lines, and one patent Tridex which used junk materials like this to make an extremely strong building panel with good insulation characteristics.
THIS JUST IN, Tip from my holistic Expert: If you find VODKA in the trash, TAKE IT HOME!. VODKA IS MAGIC. This germicidal stuff has been used by the wife of the 800 million dollar man and she is a gal who has gone to every holistic classroom, bought every book on holism..She says "IF you stumble upon a bottle of vodka or gin in an alley, in the hands of a sleeping or comatose bum, tilt it so you can see the label. If it is 100% proof, yank it from his grip, run home & use it for cleaning. Only l00 works, not 80 proof. It is used by acupuncturists prior to needling. I use it for toilet seats, faucets, silver ware that doesn't go in dishwa...on the fly. etc. instant germ proofing/cell phones, house phones, tooth brush soaking, (rinse first before using), great for cleaning glass, glasses, clean steering wheel muck, under fingernails, toenails, shower head, fixtures, ...endless uses. I get a lot of razzing for those jugs under my sink! and more so when I stand in line w/the jugs in my cart....haha the truckers say, "Yeah, sure lady!" so funny.
Hulda Clark (a famous holistic writer, a friend of the luminary in this field, Dr. Hanna Kroeger) tells of vodka/sterilization in her books. that's your 100% proof of the teaching...that woman's books scare the daylites out of me, saying as she does that we are all riddled with bugs as we once hugged a spaniel or ate a sushi.. Or had a commercial burger where the flipper touched a raw patty then moved to lift our cooked one... She cuts to the bone with a scalpel, the core...of reality in health/healing. I have her books...but, I don't want them in my view because it's too much for my sensitive nature. But what she said aboutGetting hip to vodka is VODKA IS THE ANSWER! Not drinking it. No, She says it is the most lethal poison on the planet and will kill any germit touches.
1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The
solvent dissolves adhesive.
2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray
bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean.
The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth
dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills
4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your
safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects
the blade and prevents rusting.
5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.
6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse
the skin and tighten pores.
7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol
cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of
8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill
9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziploc freezer bag
and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers,
fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three
days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to
aches and pains.
11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back
as a liniment.
12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
13. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol
oil from your skin.
15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb
some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
16. CAVEAT: Remember, NEVER DRINK THE STUFF - IT'LL KILL YOU!
A FINAL CAVEAT, DO NOT DRY CLEAN CLOTHING OR USE TOXIC CHEMICALS IN A ROOM THAT IS INHABITED OR CANNOT BE AIRED 24/7 FUMES ARE TOXIC.
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