Hello friends and I hope you enjoyed your weekend. The weather was beautiful once again and we are getting so much done, inside and out. Do you remember the movie Poltergeist? The movie revolves around the members of the Freeling family, who were stalked and terrorized by a group of ghosts that are attracted to the youngest daughter, Carol Anne.
The family brings in an psychic, Tangina Barrows, played by Zelda Rubenstein to rid the home of demonic forces. After battling the ghost, Zelda in the scene, takes off her glasses and says “this house is clean”!
This came to mind while we were cleaning the Charmer…not of demonic demons, but of dust and dirt.
Every Spring and Fall we rent a rug cleaner and clean all of our area rugs, all six of them. I don’t buy or use the chemical cleaner but make my own which works really well, see recipe below, and I use lavender essential oil but you could use any kind you like. I have a thing about essential oil!
After cleaning each area rug was moved outside to dry while all the leaves were falling.
The Charmer has hardwood floors in all the rooms except the bathrooms and the dungeon! The floor needed a really deep cleaning since they didn’t get done this Spring. The area rug above covers this area.
We have a floor scrubber machine and used it, I can remember Mom doing all the hardwood floors when we were growing up. I use Castille soap to clean them, and we hand wiped the floors with rinse water. Even after cleaning the wood floors looked dull.. I don’t use any chemical for a shine but I do use a mixture that really gives them a healthy looking shine!
See the difference, nothing heavy and acrylic looking… just a natural and healthy shine. I used 1 gallon hot water, 3/4 olive oil, and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice! This can be used as a wood floor cleaner and polish, but since my floors were dirty I used the floor scrubber first. But I use this for my weekly cleaner and polish.
In the winter the rugs need freshening up, a good rug freshener is baking soda with lavender oil mixed together, sprinkle over rugs, let sit for 15 to 20 minutes and vacuum up. They smell naturally great!
A good basic floor cleaner is equal parts of white vinegar and hot water, and a mop! No need to rinse and the viinegar smell dissipates once the floors have dried!
We also clean our bathrooms using a disinfecting cleaner…that is make out of borax and and hot water.
Not only is using chemical in your home unhealthy but and are expensive. I make all my own products even for the laundry and deodorant.
I’ve been converting the Charmer from her cottage summer weather look to her winter look and pulled a vintage side table from the dungeon…
The drawer was taken out to clean her up from all the dust from the dungeon…Her top was scratched and dull looking like the floors.
To polish her up I used coconut oil, and she shined right up. I really rubbed it in and gave her another coat after this one.
This wasn’t a fun decorating post, but I wanted to share with you my natural recipes I used around the Charmer.
Do you make your own products too?
I’ve got to head outside to rack leaves, its going to rain the next few days and then drop to the 40’s during the days which is normal temps for this time of year.
Basic Floor Cleaner
This floor cleaner works well on all floor types – sealed wood, tile, laminate and linoleum – for regular cleaning. And it really couldn’t be simpler. Simply mix equal parts of white vinegar and hot water, and mop. There’s no need to rinse, and the vinegar smell dissipates once the floors have dried (promise!). The vinegar acts as a mild disinfectant and leaves a nice shine.
Disinfecting Floor Cleaner
This recipe is great for the bathroom and any other areas of your home that need good, regular, disinfecting.
1 gallon of hot water
1/4 cup of Borax
Mix the water and Borax in a mop bucket, stirring to dissolve the Borax. Borax is a great disinfectant and will clean up even the grossest messes. You don’t need to rinse your floors after mopping with this combo, either.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner & Stain Remover
1½ quarts of hot (NOT boiling) water
¼ cup of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (it’s the regular hydrogen peroxide that you can get at any store)
1½ Tablespoons of White Vinegar
1½ Tablespoons of Dish Soap (we use Seventh Generation and it works great)
About 5 drops of your favorite essential oil – either just one or a combination. Citrus Fresh and lavender are great!
Mix all of the ingredients together (be sure to add the dish soap to the water and not the water to the dish soap – you’ll see why if you do it the wrong way just once)
Pour into your carpet cleaning machine.
Clean like the directions tell you to.