The fact is, my cleaning is already rather old-fashioned. It will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that if DIY is an option, I’m probably going to try it. Consequently, I use a lot of castille soap, and vinegar, and baking soda to get things clean. So did a lot of housewives in the past. While the 1950’s was an era of new products and consumerism, lots of people, like me, were pretty cheap. In addition to being inexpensive, these products are lighter on the environment, due to less packaging and fewer things that are harder for the earth to get rid of (I’m not going to say “chemicals” because everything is made of chemicals).
So here’s what I’m using for my spring cleaning.
- White vinegar
- Murphy’s oil soap
- Old English Lemon Oil Wood Polish
- Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap (not pictured) lavendar.
- Brasso metal polish
- My homemade all-purpose cleaner, which is made of vinegar, castille soap and water, in a handy spray bottle.
- My homemade laundry soap, which is made of washing soda, borax, castille soap, and water.
- Baking soda.
Tools-wise, I’ve got:
- a broom and dust pan
- a vacuum
- a sponge mop
- a bunch o’ rags
- a scrub brush
- a tooth brush
- a feather duster (pre-vegan)
- a little brush sized broom and dustpan
- a couple of buckets
- some paper towel*
*About paper towel. I am not a fan. It’s wasteful, and I feel guilty about using it. However, for some jobs, it is the best tool. Mass manufacture of paper towel started in the 1930’s, so I am still definitely cleaning like a mid-century housewife. I will use it for jobs that are too germy or sloppy for rags.
So that’s about it. We’ll see if this is enough…