Monday, January 29, 2018

I Love Mondays!

This Hyacinth smells wonderful!

Like the above post title says - I love Mondays!  I'm always ready to get to work on Mondays.  After a day of rest on Sunday, I look forward to working.  Here's what I accomplished today:

*dusted the furniture and floors in every room of the house
*vacuumed every room in the house
*did 6 loads of laundry - this included all the bedding and area rugs and cleaning rags and one small load of whites are soaking now
*cleaned the bathroom
*mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors
*did my morning stretches and lifted weights (I'm trying to get into an exercise routine - we'll see)
*cleaned the laundry area after all the laundry was done - (my laundry area is NOT pretty so it's a difficult area for me to get excited about but, like everything else, it needs to be done!)
*threw out a few things from the laundry area and found a couple of bags worth of stuff to give away
*made homemade laundry detergent -

I know "recipes" abound for this, but here is what I did:

Poured 1, 4 lb. box of washing soda; 1, 4 lb. box of borax; 4, 1 lb. boxes of baking soda; and 3 bars of Zote bar soap (which I grated on a box grater) into a large container with lid and mixed really well.  To use - add 2 heaping Tblsp. to each load of laundry.  With this detergent, even the cleaning rags come out smelling good!  (You can also use Kirk's castile soap, or Ivory soap with this too)

*A side note about homemade detergent - if you look into the washer while it is washing your clothes, you will notice that there is not a lot of soap suds.  This is good.  We are so used to seeing soap suds in cleaning that we think the clothes cannot get clean without them, when in fact, we use way too much soap and then soap is hard to get out completely.  I've been reading that this can be the cause of a lot of skin conditions.  So, no suds is okay!!

Having said that, I remember making homemade dish soap and not having suds in the dishwater didn't seem right to me.  That is one area that I need to see suds! So I don't use that any more.  : (

I now I need to get into the kitchen to get our supper going.  Looking forward to the evening - I'm tired, but it's a good tired.  : )  Thank you for your visit - I DO appreciate it.  God bless.

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