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The March Flower is Daffodils

When is National Cleaning Week?
National Cleaning Week is always the 4th week in the month of March.
Are there any other Holidays related to cleaning?
Yes! Let Someone Else Clean Day is April 7.
No Dirty Dishes Day is May 18.

What is this Holiday for?
It's for cleaning up after one season and getting ready for the next. It's for getting your environment clean so you can feel good about yourself and your home. It's about making the environment where you spent most of your time feel clean as well as looking and being clean. The environment where you spend most of your time can be at home, at work, your shop, basement, or anywhere that you spend a lot of time.

We all know that the first day of spring is always around March 20nth and that's when everyone starts to do their spring cleaning. It's when we put away and toss out everything from one season to the other and clean up everything that we are going to keep out for the new season. We wash and scrub it all up really good.

Cleaning Outside
We pull out the grill that's been stored in the shed through winter and we start cleaning up the grills and adding new parts while replacing the old tank (if its not charcoal). We start organizing the potting shed and dragging out the rakes, shovels, hose and potting soils. We pull out the flower pots and get them all cleaned up because we know they are soon to be the new home of a beautiful flowering plant. We get all the old junk that has collected up on the back porch over winter and put it all away to make room for the hanging baskets and planter pots. We sweep the leaves off the bannisters that have collected from the winter winds. We pull all the matching chair cushions out of storage and put them back on the oak swing and porch rockers. Ahhhh.... knowing that once it's all done, a nice soothing swing in the swing will be a nice reward.

Cleaning Inside
Not only do we work on cleaning up the outside but we work on cleaning up the inside as well. For some reason when we spring clean it makes us feel really good. It feels like were getting rid of the old and gloomy winter days and welcoming the new birth of spring and a new blessed season. At least that's how I look at it.  We put away all the winter clothes and happily bring out the spring clothes. We wash and pack away the winter flannel sheets and replace them with cool sheets. We open all the closet doors in each room, we open all the windows and doors of the house and we start letting the house air out. We spray fabreeze on all the cloth furniture and turn the ceiling fans on low. We welcome all the smells and new spring breezes that blow through all the windows into our house to freshen up every single corner of the house.

What do we do next? We clean, clean, clean! We wash the walls, we mop the floors, we swipe the cobwebs out of the corners of the ceiling and we clean all the air conditioner vents. Yep we sure do! We even have fun making our own homemade cleaners that we found in the Old Farmers Almanacs that we saved over the years.

Make your own cleaners
WARNING: Never mix cleaning products containing bleach and ammonia as dangerous fumes will result.

2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
2 teaspoons borax
1/4 cup ammonia
1-1/2 cups warm water

Mix the ingredients together, apply to oven spills, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub with an abrasive nylon-backed sponge and rinse well.

1 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
2 cups hot water

Combine all the ingredients. If you don't have washing soda (generally found in the laundry section of supermarkets), use 1 teaspoon baking soda instead. For a more pleasant smell, use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Be sure to label the bottle accordingly.

3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup borax
dishwashing liquid

Combine the baking soda and borax. Mix in enough dishwashing liquid to make a smooth paste. If you prefer a pleasant smell, add 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice to the paste.

1/4 cup powdered laundry detergent
1 tablespoon borax
3/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup pine oil, or pine-based cleaner

Slowly stir the detergent and borax into the water to dissolve. Add the pine oil (available at hardware stores and supermarkets) and mix well. For bathroom cleaning, use the mixture full strength. In the kitchen, dilute it with water.

1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil Mix the ingredients well, rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.

1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
1 cup lukewarm water

Combine the ingredients. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution over a large area, or use the solution to spot-clean nongreasy stains. (Don't use laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent in place of dishwashing liquid, as they may contain additives that can affect the rug's color.)

1 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice

Combine the ingredients to make a paste. Apply it to the inside of the toilet bowl, let sit for 1 to 2 hours, and scrub.

1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent
1 quart chlorine bleach
2 quarts water

Combine all the ingredients in a pail. Wearing rubber gloves, wash off the mildew.

1 cup laundry detergent
3/4 cup ammonia
1 gallon warm water

Mix all the ingredients together and apply to a small area of the floor. Let the solution sit long enough for it to loosen the old wax, at least 5 to 10 minutes. Mop up the old wax (or scrape it up, if there's a lot of it, using a squeegee and a dustpan). Rinse thoroughly with 1 cup vinegar in 1 gallon water and let dry before applying a new finish.

1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon boiled linseed oil
1 tablespoon turpentine

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until blended. Dampen a cloth with cold water and wring it out until it's as dry as you can get it. Saturate the cloth with the mixture and apply sparingly to a small area at a time. Let dry for about 30 minutes, then polish with a soft cloth. Note that this mixture gets gummy as it sits, so make just enough for one day's work.

2 tablespoons ammonia
1/2 cup alcohol
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
a few drops blue food coloring

Combine the ammonia, alcohol, dishwashing liquid, and food coloring, then add enough water to make 1 quart. If you prefer a nonammoniated cleaner, substitute 3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice for the ammonia.

1 cup crushed dried herbs (such as rosemary, southernwood, or lavender)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda

Combine all the ingredients in a large jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well to blend. Sprinkle some of the mixture on your carpet, let it sit for an hour or so, and then vacuum it up. It will give the room a pleasant smell and neutralize carpet odors.


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