I love being Cajun but goodness can it ever get messy when you consider that rice can be a staple of our diet: jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and stuffed anything all contain rice. Can I tell ya, rice and toddlers don’t mix.
They drop it on the floor. They throw it at the table. Basically they get it everywhere but their mouth. And cleaning up rice is a pain.
But, don’t worry. Cajuns also know a thing or two about making cleaning a breeze and my mama taught me how to clean up rice with no problems.
The solution: use baby powder.
It really does work.
Simply sprinkle the rice with a bit of baby powder and let it sit for a minute. The baby powder absorbs most of the moisture from the rice and makes it broom friendly.
Just sweep it up and toss it out. It’s a no mess, no fuss way to clean up sticky rice.
Removing Pet Hair
Pet hair is another trouble maker for my home. The problem with it is that it is so thin and light that it usually just floats somewhere else when I’m sweeping. I finally found a solution for that. I use the Eureka Quick Up Sweeper.
I first saw this little beauty in the salon where I get my hair cut and styled. They use it to get all of the hair off of their floors and I figured if it worked for them then it should work for me. And does it ever! I love this thing. I do not ever want to go back to the days before it where I had to basically get on the floor and wipe up the piles of dog hair since the broom and dust pan didn’t do the job effectively. I just use my Eureka Sweeper and all is well in my world!
For mopping I prefer a basic solution. I don’t make this ahead of time because there is no need to. I just make it as I need it. It is simple enough to do that.
- 1 gallon hot water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup Borax
- 10 drops of essential oil (I use Pine and Eucalyptus or Citrus Fresh oils)
Add all ingredients into a mop bucket. Stir to combine. Mop as usual. No need to rinse. This solution is not sticky. Yay!
Wood Floor Cleaner
- 1 gallon of hot water
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 15 drops of lemon essential oil
Add all ingredients into a mop bucket. Stir to combine. Mop as usual. No need to rinse. Allow the floor to air dry before walking over it. It will shine beautifully and won’t be sticky!
For basic spot cleaning on our carpets, I use the natural All Purpose Spray recipe. I just spray it on. Give it about 3-5 minutes to soak and then blot it out. If the stain is oily then I sprinkle baking soda on the spot first. Then I vacuum it up. That usually removes most of the oil. Then I go on and spray and clean with the all purpose spray.
Other posts in this series: Homemade All Natural Cleaning Products