Seasonal Dusting and a Furniture Find

Every 3 months, there are a few things that I deep clean. Here is a link to my full cleaning list. One of these is clean every baseboard in my house. I try to wipe them down a little as I do my weekly cleaning, but once a season, I do an all out, clean-every-inch-of-baseboard marathon. Right now I use a highly diluted solution of Murphy’s Oil Soap. Murphy

I have been doing extensive research on how ‘green’ this product is. I have found a few things:

-It contains Potassium Hydroxide…sounds scary doesn’t it? Well, it is actually an equivalent to Lye, which is used in anything that can be officially called a soap. While it can be harmful in larger quantities and if ingested, it is considered safe in small doses and with proper handling.

-Many books and websites devoted to green living tout the benefits of Murphy’s Oil Soap and include it in their green cleaning mixtures.

-It smells soooooo refreshing. It is just one of those nostalgia smells for me….taking me back to childhood and reminding me of a clean house.

I am looking at alternatives to Murphy’s just to test them out and I’ll be sure to share my findings. But for now, I am siding with my research and using Murphy’s in small doses.

I also clean my leather furniture with it. Again, I use just a little bit of Murphy’s diluted in water. I also make sure all surfaces I clean are thoroughly dried.

What started my frantic cleaning episode today was the need to clean one of my most recent purchases….this amazing wood armoire from an antique market.

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I bought it with the full intention of putting it in my office. However, it wouldn’t fit up the stairs into the office. Boo. So it was sent packing into the guest room.

Yes it is way to big for this room. And no I am not getting rid of it. I love it too much. I am not overly attached to a lot of furniture pieces right now, but this one just struck my fancy and I couldn’t let it go. I have the antiquing bug again.

I have put some extra blankets in the bottom shelf and will add some baskets for storage to the large compartment.

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I love the details on this piece. The interesting hardware, the knots in the wood….it has so much character.

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Now I’m working on magically enlarging the guest room so this piece actually fits in there. I’ll let you know how that goes….