Hello – the sun in shining today!!! And it’s warm – 14 degrees! I’ve been thinking about cleaning for a few weeks. It’s been a long winter and this little old house is beginning to smell and feel very musty to me with the doors and windows being closed for months on end. So I’m resolved to clean EVERYTHING, top to bottom and in between, and this weekend seemed like a good time to start. Spring is just two weeks away. Spring cleaning might take longer than two weeks, but the thought of a lovely, fresh and clean house is pretty appealing to me right now.
So, first things first – I needed a plan. I love plans, even if I don’t always stick to them. At first I thought “A Room a Day” but that’s just not going to work with my schedule. So maybe a room a week. Since there are only 6 rooms in my house, it sounds do-able to me.
After this initial post, I’m going to move it to it’s own page – called Cleaning. That way you can follow along with my progress and maybe do some spring cleaning of your own!
Last week I read a great post on a blog called Make it Do – http://www.make-it-do.com – about how to clean your mattress, so yesterday I started with the bedroom.
My first task was to give my three dogs a bath! They sneak up onto the bed when I’m not looking and smelly dogs do nothing for a fresh-smelling bedroom (or any other room for that matter). I’ll tell ya, I had 3 very unhappy dogs for while 🙂
Next, I stripped the bed of all bed linen, including the bed skirt and put it all in the wash.
First – I stripped the bed of all bed linen, including the bed skirt, and put it into the wash.
Next, I lifted the mattress off the box spring and vacuumed and dusted. I also wiped down the wall, floor and skirting board behind and underneath the bed. I was horrified to see so much dust underneath the bed since I try to sweep under there once a week!
Then I put the mattress back into place and made a concoction as per Make it Do’s instructions. You could just use straight baking soda, but I loved her idea of adding a few drops of essential oil to it. Make it Do used Lavender, but I have Jasmine here already, so I used that. So pour about 1 cup of baking soda into a mason jar (or any old jam jar you have laying about) and add 4 drops of essential oil to it. Put the lid on and shake up the jar.
Using a kitchen strainer, sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress and let it sit. Leave it for an hour or more – I left it for the time it took to finishing washing all the bedding.
Using the hose end of your vacuum and an upholstery attachment, thoroughly vacuum the mattress.
Say goodbye to the dust mites and other nasty things – in my case, doggy fur and doggy, er, scents. The baking soda helps draw up any moisture and deep dirt. It also deodorizes and leaves the mattress smelling fresh and clean. I also love the faint scent of the Jasmine left by the essential oil.
Once that part was out of the way, I cleaned and dusted everything else – walls, book shelf, night stands, lamps, windows, doors, light switch, dresser and the inside of my closet. I managed to de-clutter a few things along the way and found my old teddy bear under the bed!! Poor thing – I wonder how long he’d been there for. I also found various socks, mis-matched, of course, a tennis ball and a pair of old jeans.
Now my bedroom looks so very clean and smells beautiful!
Next week the living room!
See ya then and hope you have a good week.