I love springtime in Boise (well, atchoo, except for the, atchoo, tree pollen). Nonetheless, allergy season does not keep me hiding indoors. There is too much to explore in the City of Trees to stay inside. With the real estate market blossoming all around us, open house signs seem to be creating their own display in our landscape. I wonder how the daffodils and tulips feel about that? How about enjoying these two forces of nature by walking to a nearby open house or two this weekend? Not only will you enjoy the sweet fragrance filling the air, you will also see some unique properties on the market as well. Maybe you will run into an old friend or neighbor or even meet a really groovy real estate professional along the way? So grab your walking shoes, learn a bit more about your local market, and enjoy that fresh air!
Speaking of fresh air, isn’t spring cleaning upon us? Do you feel inspired to make your home just as fresh and clean as the great outdoors? Most of the products lining our shelves are overpriced and filled with nasty ingredients. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to consider replacing your toxic cleaners by making your own while saving money at the same time. Equally important, doing so will reduce the amount of single-use plastic bottles and the amount of toxic chemicals we put down the drain and into the air. It’s definitely easier on the environment and saves on shipping products (that are mostly made of water) all over the country.
Ready to try something new for your home?
3/4 c. baking soda
juice from 1/2 a lemon (about 1/4 c)
3 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap
1/2 cup vinegar
10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl to make a paste; use scrub brush or sponge to apply to tub, shower walls, & sinks. (Be sure to test a small area to make sure paste does not scuff tub surface; if so, eliminate the salt from the mixture!) Rinse well with water and a wet rag, then dry with a clean rag or old towel.
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix vinegar, water, & essential oil together in spray bottle. Spray on glass & use squeegee, crumpled newspaper (Tip: use newspapers that are at least 2 weeks old to avoid black fingers!), or a lint-free rag to get a streak-free shine. Also works well to shine chrome and countertops after you’ve disinfected them.
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
8-10 cups hot water
1 tablespoon borax
1 tablespoon washing soda
30 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix vinegar & baking soda together in bucket; add hot water, Borax, washing soda, & essential oil and mix until all powder is dissolved. Use mop or sponge to wipe down floor; wipe dry with clean dry towel.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 bar Ivory soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing powder
This homemade laundry detergent is so cheap and easy to make that you will kick yourself for not trying it until now. Place Ivory soap in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, until soap turns to foam. Quickly stir foam until it becomes small soap chips, then mix well with borax and washing powder. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. (Tip: This detergent works best in warm or hot water; for cold water washing you may want to first dissolve in 1/4 c. of hot water.)
essential oil (optional)
Add 1/4-1/2 cup vinegar with several drops of your favorite essential oil to the rinse cycle (or simply place in fabric softener compartment of your front load washer.)
All Purpose Cleaning Spray
1 teaspoon dishwashing soap
4 cups hot water
25-30 drops essential oil (optional)
Whisk all ingredients together well in large bowl, then pour into spray bottle. Spray on, then wipe surface clean with a damp cloth. Can be used to clean and disinfect almost any surface!
Have some fun and give it a try. Your home will thank you!! Cindy Ritchiecritchie@atova.com208-284-7090