It's funny how on the subject of home keeping that I can be so complacent and not really notice the dust and grime. I used to be so fastidious when I was younger, not that I am a slob by any means, but let's just say I've been letting the team down just a tad.
I do not own a carpet cleaning machine and I did not want to hire a carpet cleaning company for just one carpet so I did some research and was surprised to learn that it is easy to make an effective carpet cleaner using things that one has in their pantry. Cheaper too than running off to the hardware store to buy some chemical infused cocktail that smells toxic.
A recipe for a "Greener" Carpet Cleaner.
You might already have these items in your cupboard.
Mix into a sprayer over your kitchen sink:
1 teaspoon dish soap
add 1 tablespoon vinegar
pour in 1 cup warm water
add 1 teaspoon baking soda
expect a bit of a fizz!
Thoroughly vacuum the carpet then liberally spray a section that you can reach working from the farthest corner sideways and backwards until you are done.
and vigorously scrub with sponge.
Rinse the sponge frequently making sure that you are not scrubbing the dirt back into the carpet.
Let dry well before you vacuum.
(I made 3 batches of the cleaner to do a carpet about 9X10)
The carpet after washing ~ before the final vacuum.
It was a great workout for the arms too!
My walking partner and I ventured north to the Rockland area yesterday for our 2 hour jaunt.
It was sunny when we started but we got soaked to the skins on the last half hour.
In the middle of our trek we stopped to admire some holly bushes and perched on a majestic oak tree was this owl.
I love owls.
Seeing one during the day is rare.
This little fellow was very interested in the squirrels and birds flitting about and did not mind us taking photos.
I tried to capture an image of his face but he kept turning around.
(perhaps he was camera shy)
One of the most Joyous moments today was the owl sighting.
Mr. HB hung the family wreath.
It was made by a friend of his mother and father.
It is decorated with glass balls and studded with rhinestone brooches.
I know Christmas is not far off when the wreath is in it's place...
it feels so Christmassy!