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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spring Cleaning for Imbolc

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Imbolc is a great time to give both your life and your house a good deep cleaning. While not technically Spring, it tends to get warmer towards Ostara and as such we want to be outside enjoying ourselves; and not inside cleaning. So as we are renewing the light and moving towards warmer weather, might as well be productive if you are inside hiding from the cold.

As a Pagan parent I don't want to use all the harsh chemicals that are found in the cleaning aisle. So instead I have found that there are several great alternatives to these commercial cleaning products that we all use. Vinegar is one of these great multipurpose things and one that I use the most often.

The Vinegar Institute has compiled a list of instructions for various applications.

Streakless windows:
Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.

Clean the microwave:
Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.

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Deodorize the kitchen drain:
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.

Unclog the showerhead:
Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in diluted white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.

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Another great must have is baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial abrasive cleansers. Baking soda is great as a deodorizer. Place a box in the refrigerator and freezer to absorb odors. Put it anywhere you need deodorizing action. Try these three kitchen ingredients as natural cleaning products in your home.
So as you can see we can be green and still clean our house. Good Luck and Happy Cleaning!

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