ceruleancat: (seal)
We found pretty wooden wall mounted clock on our last object-throwing-Sunday walk.
So, I went googling for how to clean the wood. Several hours and a zillion tabs later,
I share with you: Cleaning naturally - recipes and ideas. I skip the standard vinegar and baking soda. Today's helpers are mostly salt, lemon, oil and tea. And water.

A whole guide
http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

Make your own deodorising disks to freshen up trouble spots
http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/09/freshen-up-your-home-make-your-own-homemade-deodorizing-disks.html

Salt
http://www.networx.com/article/cleaning-with-salt

Tea (mostly wood and windows)
http://greencleaning.about.com/od/DIYGreenCleaningRecipes/r/Make-Your-Own-Wood-Floor-Tea-Cleaner.htm
http://housekeeping.about.com/od/savemoney/qt/cleanerstea.htm
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-black-tea-window-cleaner-176386

natural wood
http://www.pistachioproject.com/2013/03/natural-wood-cleaner-and-restorer.html

hardwood or laminate floors: sweep, vacuum, mop with "damp dry mop", and dry.
http://ruralspin.com/2013/01/20/5-benefits-of-cleaning-wood-floors-with-tea/
http://homerenovations.about.com/od/laminateflooring/f/LaminateFloorCleaner.htm
http://www.networx.com/article/tips-from-flooring-contractors-for-clean

Bonus, about.com's speed cleaning links
http://housekeeping.about.com/lr/speed_cleaning/120747/1/

a-n-oodle?

Jan. 26th, 2011 04:12 pm
ceruleancat: (cherrychoc)
Interesting stuff discovered during research:

The use of English a/an has lead over time to a change in word boundaries around the 'n':
a nxyz >> an xyz
an xyz >> a nxyz

I knew that much. It's the list of words to which this happened that I found interesting.

a naddre (='snake' in Middle English) >> an adder
a napron ('small tablecloth' until ~16C.) >> an apron
a noumpere ('arbiter' until ~14C.) >> an umpire
a ekename ('extra name' until ~1400) >> a nickname

For some reason, I particularly like the last one.

The naranje - orange - lost the n before it got to English, and while oodle and napple seem to appear in random lists, I haven't found any support for the etymology.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebracketing

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