Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day is for Laboring Around Here

Swiffer Wet Jet Starter Kit
Call me crazy but I think Labor Day Weekend is a great time to do some pre-autumn cleaning. We usually clean out the garage over the three days but I thought our time would be better spent inside organizing and purging, including doing our regular weekend chores. One of my favorite cleaning tools is the Swiffer Wet Jet which I use on our laminate and tile floors. I love my Swiffer but I can't stand the overpowering sweet smell of the solution it comes with and causes either a headache or a queasy feeling every time I use it. After some internet research I found out I'm not the only one who feels this way. Even though the Wet Jet cleaning solution bottles are designed to make you think you can't refill them on your own, you can and it's easy. Just use a pair of pliers to yank it off or dip the cap into boiling water and it will twist off. Here's a video on YouTube to show you how to do it using the hot water method. A simple solution of vinegar and water works great (one part vinegar, two parts water) and a couple of drops of tea tree oil creates a disinfectant. Another solution which we've tried on our floors is using Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap and water which is really effective too plus you can use Dr. Bronner's for lots of other household stuff. So this Labor Day we did some laboring and a clean house never smelled so good.

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