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Friday, December 12, 2014

Farmgirl Friday - Cleaning Up - Going Green: Homemade Window Cleaner

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.  

   George Bernard Shaw 

What a difference it makes to look through a shiny, clean window out onto the world.  Everything seems clearer and colors seem brighter.  Contrast that with a window that hasn't been tended to in a while - dust, dirt and general dimness comes on slowly and almost imperceptibly over the course of days, weeks, months or years.    Less light makes it inside through that window and affects the mood inside the home.

Life is like that too...when we don't tend to ourselves because we are rushing from work to housework to family and social responsibilities,  our internal windows get pretty dingy. The dimness creeps in silently until one day you just are exhausted.

So, figure out what keeps your internal windows clean and bright.  Music, dance, prayer,  art and laughter are like the window cleaners of your soul.  When you take the time to shine your windows, the world seems like a kinder, more colorful, beautiful place.  So let that light shine in!

For your real windows in your home, here is a window cleaner that will make them sparkle.  It is now part of my regular cleaning tools and part of my MaryJanesFarm Cleaning Up - Going Green Beginner badge.  I hope you will try it.

Homemade Window Cleaner 

1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups water
3 drops peppermint essential oil

Place all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. 
Spray on window and clean with a microfiber cloth or newspaper. If you don't prefer peppermint, try any essential oil you like. 

Tomorrow is Skills Saturday and I will discuss the basics of making soup.  I hope to see you then! 

Peace be with you, 

Star Schipp 

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