It's Friday again but I'm sure you knew that anyway! Friday means that the weekend is just round the corner, phew!
January seems a good time to think about cleaning out the cupboards and making a new start, so here are a few tips which I hope you'll find useful.
One - Cleaning Windows
I have tried to clean my windows over the years using one product after another from the supermarkets and this type of cloth or that, but they have always ended up worse than when I started! I have discovered the wonders of newspaper. A damp piece to clean them and then a dry piece to polish. No potions just newspaper and water! Amazing!
Two - Cleaning the sooty deposits from wood burning stoves
Again using damp newspaper but dipped into the wood (not coal) ash from the fire, the windows of the stove can be turned back to transparent and a quick buff up with another dry piece gives them a polish.
Three - cleaning lime scale from stainless steel draining boards and sinks
White wine vinegar makes them sparkle, though you have to not mind the vinegary smell!
Four - Cut Flowers
I already have a vase of daffodils and have seen tulips in the shops, so this is what's recommended to keep them going strong when cut: don't put daffodils or narcissus together in the vase nor either with tulips, they just don't get on! Cut the white part of the daffodil stem off, make a straight cut and don't change the water. For tulips, prick the stem under the water line to discourage twisting, put some sugar in the water and don't change the water either. I haven't tried this but it sounds sensible!
Five - Waste, Recycling and Grow your Own
We all need to think of ways to cut down on waste as well as try and use natural products rather than get caught up in all the marketing for the latest off the counter remedy. Most people can grow some of their own vegetables too, even if it's just a tomato plant or herbs on the windowcil, they taste so much better too. I'm not a member of Friends of the Earth, but here's a link to their website with a few ideas to get us thinking.
Thanks Amy for the Five on Friday link-up.
Have a great weekend.
Bye for now.