Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Some Housecleaning

So, all our stuff is boxed up and in crates ready to be shipped out of town and delivered to the other side of the planet so we can nest again. We have our housing inspection tomorrow, to see if there are any massive damages that we must pay pretty pennies for. In preparation for that my husband and I have spent the day cleaning house. I knew I would have to so I kept some of my favorite house cleaning supplies behind. One word...ENJO. I got a couple clothes about 2 years ago and I love them so much. I use the clothes everyday and love how they clean. I have cut back dramatically on my use of harsh cleaners. My only exception is the boys toilet. Let's face it 2 little boys (4 and 6) are basically terrorists and their weapon of choice is Urea. I battle their grossness with good old fashioned bleach. But that is the only heavy chemical I use. I know it is HAZMAT, but I use it sensibly. The rest of my cleaning is done with the ENJO clothes, water and sometimes a bit of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle with warm water. These things were pretty pricey here in Alice Springs, but I have used them hard and they work well. If you are a bit hippie or just want to reduce your use of toxic chemicals in your home see if you can find some in your neck of the woods. I think our next house will have hard wood floors so I need to hunt down a rep for another mop attachment in Kansas.

I have not bought paper towels in about 5 years, I use tea towels (or dish clothes) to tend the kitchen and for anything else you would use a paper towel for. I also bought The Naturally Clean home from Amazon.com and it has some pretty good recipes in it.

On a different note all my quilts are packed up right? Well, it is winter here and it does get quite chilly here at night. Well, I really miss all my quilts. It is hard to sleep well when you are cold. Doesn't that sound spoiled? I know, I know. And I know it is not that cold and I have been colder but I miss all my handmade lovely quilts. My husband likes the room to be on the cold side (I guess that was fine when we slept under about 7 quilts) but last night I almost rooted him right out of the bed in my search for warmth. OK, on that note I am going to turn in for the night. I am also pretty sure someone is walking around my front yard right now...I heard the gate open and the hair is standing up on the back of my neck. There is not a damn thing to steal, but wouldn't it be a toot to have my house broken into with less than a week left in country? Heck, even my fancy Nulla Nulla is gone, so I can't bash them on the head. I sure will NOT miss that when we move away from here. Oh well, I guess they will wonder off when they see we don't even have any grog.



Lisa said...

I have a 3 and a 5 year old, both boys. I completely understand the potty thing!! I keep a roll of paper towel and a bottle of cleaning spray right next to the toilet. I wonder how long this lasts...? Obviously, at least another year! LOL!

Kristin L said...

I'll have to keep an eye out for those ENJO cloths -- I clean a lot with natural products and use very few paper towels. My transition now is to go from the natural products at teh grocery store to ones I can prepare with even simpler ingredients at home. I was just reading up on lavender oil yesterday so it's nice to hear that you've gotten good results.

lej619 said...

I looked at the "enjo" site. it does not let you purchus on line.
:( I guess I'll have to call them and see if they deliver to the states. Sound like a good product.

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