They got rather excited when they saw me mixing up a big bowl of icing last week. We didn't have a Christmas cake last year - had I made a belated one in January after all? Complete with royal icing? They asked hopefully.
No it's something far more useful than that. With an under sink cupboard that's bursting with eco cleaning product ingredients following my over calculations for a WI workshop back in 2013, I'm using up some bicarb in a home-made cream cleaner. The recipe comes from Jo in Tasmania, at her All the Blue Day blog - she's got a special tab on her blog right here with information on planet-friendly cleaning products. (Jo's a thoughtful blogger and true wordsmith - quality writing, always, as well as quality cleaner recipes).
Jo's cream cleaner recipe
1 cup bicarb
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
10 mls castile soap
10 drops clove oil
When did I ever follow a recipe properly though? I don't have any cream of tartar, so I didn't bother with that. Nor the castile soap, which I replaced with Ecover washing up liquid. Clove oil, surprisingly, I did have, and that gives the product a hygienic and Christmassy smell. Although it's in the recipe for its mould inhibiting properties, I'm sure you could replace it with another essential oil, or even leave it out altogether.
And the icing on the cake? When brushed into a grubby school shirt collar, the cream cleaner works its magic as much as on bathrooms and kitchens.
|That's the 'after'. You'll have to imagine the 'before' - not difficult to do:|
12 year old boy + white shirt = grubby collars.
Thank you Jo!