When I left off the other day I was headed to do some cleaning. So how did that DIY cleaner work? Amazingly well. I used this recipe, basically using a 1:1 of dish detergent and vinegar and I was very please with the results. I will use it again.
A few notes from my experience:
Don’t let it dry. They recommend letting it sit, but I found that with the surround, it ran down to the tub and and dried on the walls. It took some scrubbing. Next time I wouldn’t let it sit on the walls.
RINSE WELL. Otherwise, your tub will be very slippery. Make sure it’s well rinsed and if you use a bath mat that the suction cups are attached. (Yes, I have the bruise on my leg from stepping in to scrub the soap dish and having the bath mat slide.)
Don’t heat the vinegar in the spray bottle. I made small batches since I was experimenting. For the first one I heated the vinegar in a measuring cup. But the second batch I figured since the bottle was empty and microwave safe, I would heat the vinegar directly in the spray jar. Well, while it looked empty, there was enough soap so that:
heat+steam+ soap+small bottle opening = a small explosion in microwave.
Admittedly it did a great job of cleaning out the microwave by the time I mopped it all out, but it wasn’t on the to-do list for the day.
Of course a clean tub led me to trying it on my bath mat (mixed results) and an internet search for “Recyclable bath mat”. I figured if I was going to replace it, maybe there was something more eco-friendly. There are several on the market, but most of them didn’t get good reviews when it comes to mold/mildew resistance. Since the house doesn’t have A/C and moisture is a battle here through the summer anyway, I’ll pass for now.
The list is growing – some because I am spending way too much time on Pinterest and I’m finding such interesting things. You mean I can make my own ironing board hanger? That would get it off the floor in the spare bedroom. Painter’s tape? That’s a great tip for re-caulking the tub! Mosaic stepping stones for the flower beds? Cool! And don’t even get me started on how many things there are to do with wine corks….
A quick update on my HSTs. All 1280 of them are stitched and pressed. About 500 are sliver trimmed. I’ve been working on other projects so they’ve been neglected lately, but they are all there for when I come back to them.