My favourite quote as summer turns to autumn:
“The healthiest thing you can do in terms of your built environment is basically to make it more like the outside. You open the windows, you increase the flow. In many ways, the theory of sealing up houses tighter and tighter, trying to kill everything and keep it clean, took us pretty far down the wrong road.”
Professor Rob Dunn, author of The Wildlife of our Bodies
During cold weather we want to keep the outside outside, but we’re seeing more and more evidence that the microbes we live with are unbelievably diverse and mostly helpful for our health. So, in the interests of supporting this slice of wildlife, here is my diary of all the different ways I use microbes in September here at Spirthill, in my home, in the office and in the garden. It is not only a routine, but also a solution to almost any problem – and I love knowing that it is 100% chemical free.
Add Pet Nutrition Booster to our labrador Kit’s dry food. It helps his digestion and prevents worms and other nasties. Millie my sister’s dog is often with us as we share dog sitting, so she gets some fermented food supplement too. They lap it up.
At this time of year I spray the animals’ skin and bedding with Air Freshener A LOT. It prevents fleas because the microbes eat up the dead skin and hair the pests feed on, so the pests wander off to greener pastures.
Drink my splash of Bio-live. I mix it with sparkling water and call it my ‘probiotic cocktail’. If I feel a cold or flu lurking I double or treble the dose.
Spray Power Cleaner around the dog’s feeding bowl. If there are any dog accidents the Power Cleaner swings into action too. I am confident it is the best disinfectant for the job as the microbes absorb any leftover imperceptible stuff.
Spray Power Cleaner around the toilet seats, bowl and floor. Let’s face it, our aim is not always 100% accurate and the friendly microbes take care of pathogens and smells. Done.
Last thing, spray Multi Surface cleaner (I am using the Lavender one right now) over the dining table, kitchen surfaces and hob. I’m lazy so I leave it overnight and let the microbes do their magic munching on any bits of food or spills.
At the end of the growing season, I cut up any finished tomato/spinach/cucumber/squash plants, spread them over the soil. Then I spray with Compost Activator to break down the organic matter quickly. It melts back into the soil in time for planting in spring, taking all those microbes with it. What I notice is that there are more worms every season.
We visit our ponds at least twice a day on dog walks, and we marvel how adding Pond Balance has cleared the blooms of blanket weed that appeared in the spring. The watercress is flowering, and the lillies are in bloom. As summer finishes, I notice that a few tendrils of blanket weed have reappeared so it will soon be time for another dose.
Pour a little diluted Drains Clean and Clear down sinks, bathtub and shower tray last thing so the microbes can munch away and clean the drains overnight.
Every Tuesday lovely Tina the cleaner uses the Power Cleaner and Floor Cleaner throughout the office, brewery and living spaces. She loves how they smell and how they clean even though the changeover to mixing in a spray bottle took a bit of getting used to. She announced last week that the Multi Surface Cleaner works a treat on all the glass and windows.
Dirty barbecue grills come up smooth after a 24-hour bath in diluted Drains Clean and Clear. I’ve learned my lesson now and we’ll do it again at the end of the season to put the grills and tongs away clean.
We hold regular meetings in the new South Barn, and I spray any tea and coffee stains with Textile Cleaner and watch them disappear. Sometimes I give stains a final wash with warm water but it is a miracle solution; those billions of microbes love to gobble up organic material.
Whenever the dishwasher red light comes on I use diluted Power Cleaner (straight out of the spray bottle) instead of Rinse Aid. It does the job and I love knowing that the water that goes down the drain is carrying those beneficial microbes down too.
Take GOO FOR YOU to our two granddaughters so their immune systems are boosted for all the new micro biomes they will meet in the next school term.
Happy new season to you!