Cleaning the Bathroom in Seconds per Day

Week 2 - Bathroom Cleaning Looms Over MeBlocking out a solid hour from my schedule to wipe, scrub, sweep, and dust my bathroom just ain’t happening these days.  And, let’s face it, even when I do have the time, it’s not one of my favorite hobbies.

One night, after washing my face, I stood there with my wet washcloth and had an epiphany.  I reached out and wiped down the counter.  No more dust or stray hair!  Then I wiped out the sink.  No more colorful kiddie toothpaste blobs!  It all took about 15 seconds (I mean, I did have to move the Kleenex box and all), and I tossed the washcloth in the laundry basket and went to bed.

The next night I tackled the mirror.  Windex would have you believe that they are the only way to achieve a streakless shine, but I protest!  A wet washcloth, followed by a dry hand towel worked just fine for me.  Not that I would have minded a few streaks; that still would have been more attractive than the handprints that dominated previously.

The following  night I already had a plan in motion: the floor perimeter.  Most dust/hair/debris doesn’t stay in the middle of the floor, but gets blown to the outside.  After washing my face, I got down on my knees and swiped along the trim.  Granted, we have a small bathroom, but it only took seconds!

And like that, I had cleaned everything in the bathroom in less than a minute of combined work time, save the toilet and shower.

Thankfully, we have a water softener, so I don’t have to clean either one of those more often than every six months.  But I imagine wiping down the shower once a week with your washcloth would help with soap scum and build-up issues.

My favorite part of my new cleaning routine is the lack of CHEMICALS.

Water + washcloth.  Nah, my favorite part is probably how quickly it gets done.  But my second favorite?  The lack of CHEMICALS.

Do you have a Bathroom Cleaning Routine?  A schedule?  A favorite all-natural cleaner?  (I’m all ears for anyone with a natural rust-remover.  Not that we ever need one.  We never let the water softener run out of salt…)

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Peaches and Cream {Soaked!} Oatmeal

I didn’t always like oatmeal.  I wasn’t crazy about the texture.  There wasn’t enough variety.  And is it really better than cereal when you still can’t identify all the ingredients in those individual instant packages?  Making it from scratch sure wasn’t as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal!

But I set my mind to giving up The Cereal Aisle and eating a Real Food Breakfast.  And, oh my, the recipes I’ve found since?  I am now officially in love with oatmeal.  I’ve learned that I am in charge of my oatmeal! I can make whatever flavor I want.  In whatever consistency I choose!  And in a world where my two-year-old puts all his food in his milk cup at every meal, it sure is nice to be the boss in at least one area of my life.

Here is one of my favorites:

Peaches and Cream {Soaked!} Oatmeal

The sweetness of the peaches and brown sugar, paired with a slight tang from yogurt, surrounded by creamy whole milk and fully broken down oats will fill and warm you right up!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups
  • rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or kefir
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk (1 1/2 if using kefir to soak)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups canned peaches in juice (I use Doles which is in 100% juice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (Or, be lazy and just put in 1/4 cup (4TBS).)


Method of Preparation

  1. To soak oatmeal, put oats and lemon juice in a 1 quart glass mason jar, fill with water, stir, and soak 12-24 hours. You could also use kefir. This breaks down the oats better.  Of course, you don’t have to soak the oats at all, but it makes it more digestible and much faster cooking in the morning!  Yes, you could use quick oats, but they don’t fill you up nearly as much.  🙂
  2. Drain and rinse oats.  (If using kefir, just lightly drain; don’t rinse away all the mush! That’s good oatmeal going down the drain!  Of course, because of the liquid retention, you’ll want to lessen your milk by 1/2 cup.)  Add oats to a 2 quart saucepan. Add milk and heat til boiling at medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer until oatmeal reaches desired consistency, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add yogurt, peaches, vanilla, and brown sugar. I do not cut up my peaches because [have I mentioned?] I am lazy.  They slice easily enough with your spoon as you eat.  Stir and serve.
  4. Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated the next morning for an even faster breakfast!

 

Do you have any favorite oatmeal “flavors”?

*this post is linked to: Fight Back Friday