That’s my kitchen floor, fyi.
No, my house doesn’t really slant like that – I must have been listing to the right when I took the picture.
See how cleeeeeeeeeeeeeeean the floor is?
That’s because I cleaned it yesterday.
I know, why should that be such a big deal? Well, because for one thing, it’s been filthy lately, what with all the garden work that’s been going on here this week.
So yesterday, as part of my spring cleaning frenzy, I took just about everything out of the kitchen, packed away winter stuff, put the green floor cushion things I use near the sink and stove (so my feet won’t throb after a long day of cooking and baking) and put them in the tub with a lot of hot water and white vinegar (to remove the grease), swept up the dirt and debris, and – at the end of the day – washed the tile floor.
Square by square by square.
I sort of like washing the floors like that. (It could also explain why I also DON’T like washing the floors…hmmm.) I like being right down there where I can see every speck of dirt, and get into the little cracks and crevices. Plus, when I’m washing square by square, I can easily see what’s been done and what hasn’t, and there’s a nice (for me) sense of accomplishment as the number of clean and sparkly squares begins to outnumber the grimy and gross ones.
I’m a little wacky.
Anyway, the best part of cleaning the kitchen floor yesterday was the stuff I used to clean it.
Borax, hot water, a bit of dish soap, and a little ammonia.
Fabulous stuff, people.
And while I was scooting around on the floor, eye level with the cupboard doors, and the front of the dishwasher and stove, I figured I’d use the same stuff to wash all those things, too.
And – again – fabulous stuff.
The door of my stove hasn’t looked this clean in ages.
Maybe I shouldn’t share that with the world.
But it’s true.
Borax, borax, how I love thee!
It cleans, degreases, disinfects…it’s my new favorite thing.
So…if you were hoping to see a post on pretty Easter cookies…you can blame borax for not seeing those cookies.
I was too busy cleaning to bake yesterday.
OH – and in addition to the floor, I also cleaned out the disaster area sometimes known as my pantry. I’d been wanting to dig out all my canning jars, just to see what I’ve got. I had a couple of boxes of assorted jars given to me by a couple of friends ages ago, and I hadn’t ever gone through to see what was there.
So yesterday, in between other little projects, I also soaked all the jars, washed them, and scraped label residue off the ones that needed that kind of attention.
And this morning, I finished putting the last of them away. For now.
That’s not even all of them. Those are just the ones I needed to soak. The rest are off to the right on a couple of shelves.
So excited to begin canning again.
At the moment, all I have left from last year are a couple of jars of hot pepper jelly and one little jar of salsa.
This year I plan to do a LOT more canning.
No idea if I’ll get cookies baked. I’m running out of time in between work and other obligations.
So…maybe if I don’t get them done before Easter, I’ll change my plans and make…springtime cookies.
By the way, when I was trying to take a picture of the kitchen floor this morning, someone kept interfering….
Maybe he was just wondering if he was in the right house.
“What is this place? It’s so…so…spotless!”
I’m borax-obsessed, I tell you.
Bear with me.
Hopefully not until I get the rest of the house sparkly clean.