Hello again, my fellow Streamers! It’s Ally Reznicek again my final update on project VENTURA! The school year is drawing to a close, and so will our updates. We are practically finished with the remodeling of the Whale, so they will no longer be necessary. And, may I say, the trailer looks fantastic! We have furniture, furnishings, and loads of color. I can’t wait until the teachers can use it!
Well, what more is there to say? Actually, although we may finish working on project VENTURA soon, it will never be over. We have left a legacy at the Ann Richards School that will stay even after we leave the school. The only thing that we need to worry about is the Whale’s maintenance. Last time, I discussed maintaining the structure of the trailer, but what about the physical cleaning of all of the things that we built? Eco-friendly cleaners are a little hard to come by, and are typically more pricy that leading brands. But what if you were able to clean everything with substances that can already be found around your house?
Many people have already discovered the miracle of vinegar, and how it can clean practically every surface. The problems with vinegar are that it is rough on the skin of those who use it, and most people generally don’t care for the smell of vinegar. There are many other substitutes that work for various cleaning purposes as well.
Baking soda does more than make bread rise; it can clean practically any solid surface as well as take away an unpleasant odor. You can use it to scrub in powder form, or you could mix it with some water for larger surfaces.
Cornstarch can also be used as a cleaner. It can do more than horizontal surfaces; it can clean windows too! It is also useful for polishing furniture, although the items in the Whale may not require it. Something I found interesting is that it is particularly useful for shampooing carpets and rugs.
In addition, using citrus juice, like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and a few others can work wonders when cleaning. They even do a good job at cleaning paintbrushes, which we have been using a lot of recently. On another note, the mural is coming along nicely. We are painting over the old pattern with new, bright colors so that we can create something that will always remind us of what the Whale used to be like.
Also, I found a simple carpet stain removing recipe on Earth Easy.com that may come in handy. We have such nice carpet now, that we should properly maintain it. We understand that accidents happen, and the carpet may develop stains over the years. To uproot these stains, we can use a concoction made of common substances that one can find around their house. Mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar together and let it sit for several minutes. All you need to do later is vacuum it up. Easy!
It has been so much fun working on Project VENTURA this year, and I hope next year’s engineering pathway students have as much fun as we did.
I hope we’ll be hearing from you!