Tag Archives: Cleaning

Houzz Housekeeping Habits

Yeah, we are all in the spring cleaning/gardening mindset.  Certainly a time for renewal and sweeping away those thoughts and objects cluttering our minds and lives.  Ya gotta get organised!

Houzz has another great article which may help you get started.

A Cleaning Routine for your First Home

My comment is to use cleaning products that are homemade..  It is not necessary to go out and spend money for products.  Basics are water (at least 90%), vinegar, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, soap, and essential oils are nice.  Other basics are baking soda, borax,  lemon juice, and chlorine bleach.  You probably already have most of these in the cupboard.

THE MAIN INGREDIENT IS “GO!”

Have fun!

tauna

Debilitated by ragweed allergies keeps me busy inside!

If there is any good to be had by this allergy, it is that every nook and cranny of our house is dusted, vacuumed, and scrubbed (we have hardwood floors).  Furniture is moved and wiped down from behind and underneath.  Every chair spindle and nightstand leg. Even the deep, dark recesses of the wardrobes.  Not my favourite of tasks, but a rewarding one nonetheless.   And my favourite travel agent, fam (familiarization) trip, hotel site inspect check – wipe clean the top of every door.   You know, the kind of cleaning you can’t hire anyone to do well.   Clean everything you say – then they ask, ‘do you want me to clean that?’  Quizzically, you wonder if the assignment is unclear or is it a trick question!?

Deep down cleaning beats giving the tops a quick swipe at least twice a year.   However, the windows – the outside anyway – cannot be washed because letting outside air, heavy with the yellow dust of ragweed pollen, will set me off with non-stop sneezing, wheezing, itching skin, eyes, ears, watering red eyes, scratchy throat, and, in some cases, difficulty in breathing, resulting in not being able to talk for several hours.   Being inside with air conditioning is my only relief with Benadryl able to manage only the mildest attack, which may occur when i’m inside.

Some people fortunate enough to find natural ‘cures’ for their seasonal allergies have willingly shared their findings  and though I try most,  unfortunately,  none have put the slam-dunk on my nemesis. I’m headed next week to another allergist for consultation and prick testing; perhaps this time a magic potion can be developed for me.  What kinds of allergies, if any, do you have, and what works to control them!?