I know all of you are as sick of the pandemic as I am. I’m tired of being inside and I’m sick of cooking most of our meals. I need a Mexican restaurant! But, I’m happy to say I’m healthy.
But instead of crying, I decided to do some more cleaning today. I have a large picture window in the dinning room. Actually, it is three windows that open with screens and I decided some spring cleaning was in order.
Since paper towels and some cleaning supplies are in short supply, I tired what my grandmother would have done. She was a tough little lady who raised 8 kids in backwoods Arkansas during the depression. She knew how to make-do with what she had. We could all take a lesson there. I was certain I had a recipe for window cleaner. When I found it, I realized I didn’t have ammonia. So, I looked online for another and this one used vinegar.
1 tsp baking soda
1 oz. ammonia
1 oz. liquid detergent
Mix together with a gallon of water.
2 Cups of water
¼ to ½ cup of vinegar depending upon how dirty the windows are (mine were grimy)
½ tsp liquid dishwashing detergent.
I opted for the recipe with vinegar and tried using old newspapers to clean with. I’d heard of people doing this, but I wondered if it would leave black ink on the glass. It didn’t and the cleaner and newspapers did a great job!
After I cleaned up the windows inside and out (and the swag that hung over it) I put everything back together and marked my spray bottle of cleaner. There was still some left for when I get ambitious again.
When I put up the cleaner, I found I did have ammonia shoved to the back of the cabinet. I’ll try that recipe next time.
I had to get away from the work I’m doing on my latest novel and I had to get out of the house. It was windy but warm and the physical exercise felt good.
So, what are you reading this week (or writing or cleaning)?