Category Archives: housecleaning

Empty Toilet Paper Roll – A Very Useful Object!

Yesterday I posted about the lint Roller and how it can be used in housecleaning. Today I am letting you know what do to with all of these…

They are very useful in wrapping up cords, extention cords, etc.  Who knew that with something you were going to throw away you could go from this – 

To this – 

I love tidy and neat don’t you?  Now I am wondering why I have so many cords…. Maybe because it was easier to buy a new one than to dig through that mess.  

Hope you enjoy the tip!

Lint Roller as an awesome cleaning tool!

I know you are wondering how a Lint Roller can help with house cleaning…well I am here to tell you.  

As you can see from the photo, we have hardwood floors.  In order to not scratch the floors by sliding chairs in and out, we attached those little felt thingys. (Not sure what they are really called but I am sure you all have a visual right now about what I mean.) In addition to protecting our floors, they are magnets for dust.

This is where the magic happens…. Lint Roller meet dusty chair thingy!

It takes less than 5 minutes to go over all the legs and we have 6 chairs. I do this every time it looks like my chairs are getting furry feet – about every 2 months. I assume you would need to do this more often if you had pets.

Lint Roller tip #2 (incase you were not impressed with tip #1)  The Lint Roller can be used to dust cloth lampshades.  Just roll over the shade and presto – clean, clean, clean!

  

The big freezer cleanout!

We have been purchasing most of our meat and other freezer type items from Costco.  We find it more price efficient to purchase in bulk and then vacuum pack smaller portions at home. I do find that having a freezer like mine makes it hard to see what you really have in stock so occasionally everything comes out and gets reviewed. Today was the day.

Here is what was in my freezer…

I was lucky this time as I only had a few unidentifiable items.  I am usually pretty good about labeling but sometimes one or two items slip by me.

Upon further inventory I was able to determine what I had on hand, what I needed to restock, and even found some wonderful treasures long forgotten. (hatch chili sauce my hubby made last year)

So now I have a clean freezer, a Costco list and something defrosting for dinner! Fruits of my labor.

Nothing says Summer like…

Nothing says Summer like laundry on the clothes line. I love the feel of the crispness of the towels after they line dry and the scent is wonderful. I was so happy to have found Persil  (German brand laundry soap) at Walmart.  Besides this is a win-win situation…line dry laundry saves me from having to heat up the house with the dryer and then having to run the AC to cool it back down. 

Plumbing Update: All Clear!

I was a bit discouraged after my last post.  DH snaked the sink

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…not once, but twice and still no dice.  The water would drain at first then start filling both sides of the sink.  We were at a loss as to what to do.  I googled our dilemma (thank goodness for Google) and WOW the number of people with plumbing issues.

The consensus was to use a plunger.  We were both a bit grossed out by using the toilet plunger in the sink so DH had a better idea.  He said since the garbage disposal makes the water come up the side sink, what if we put the drain plug on the side sink and force the water down the main sink.  Worth a try – right!  DH said he really had to hold the plug down as the force of the water was so strong.  So as he held the drain plug down, I held my breath as I just knew the plug would either a) let loose and yup I would be cleaning up who knows what from the kitchen ceiling, or b) the pipe would let loose from the bottom again and we would be on a mad dash to mop up the water.  Well neither one of my envisioned scenarios came to be and a wooshing sound was heard.  We once again have a working drain!!!!!  Thanks DH for all you do!

Plumbing….Day 2

Let me start by saying….I can’t believe ALL of this was under the sink!!!!!

Someone has some serious decluttering to do when all of this is said and done.  So now for the update – DH took the pipe out from under the sink and the clog is not there.  The water goes down the sink but very slowly and if you add too much water it still wants to come up the other side.  Next step – DH is going to put a “snake” down the sink to see if he can find the clog that way.  Pray it works as I REALLY need to run the dishwasher!

Plumbing issues…..UGH

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So my garbage disposal has not been wanting to drain. Actually I take that back…it has been sending water up the other sink.  Usually I run the disposal a bit and then both sides eventually drain.

Today, however, has been a different story.  When I asked my DH (Dear Husband) if he thought we should take the pipe down to see if there was a blockage he replied that as long as the drains ran down – no need to take on such a huge project.  Hmmmm

As he noticed my frustration in trying to get the water to go down – he came to my aide.  (That is one of the many reasons I so love my DH.)  As the water drained out of the sink we thought we had a victory. The celebration did not last long as the water went down the drain, out the pipe that had come loose, out the cabinet and onto the floor. This resulted in a mad dash for rags, buckets, mops etc.

As DH had a business meeting this morning all we could do was to remove everything from under the sink, dry it out and mop the floor. No water in the sink until later today when – yes you guessed it – DH will have to undertake the pipe issue.  The good new is my under sink cabinet is cleaned and decluttered. Silver lining!

Stay tuned…..

How To Clean A Granite Composite Sink

I live in an area where the water is hard and calcium builds up and causes white rings/stains on my sink.  Since my sink is a dark grey granite composite these marks are very noticeable.  Here is what my sink looked like before the cleaning.

008I had tried everything even vinegar but that left a film.  I researched on the internet and when I found out the “secret” I was amazed that it could be that simple and inexpensive, not to mention without harsh chemicals.

Here is what I use to clean my sink.  Can you tell what the “secret” item is?

009It is not the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, all though this is an amazing device, it is the baby oil!

So here is how I clean the sink:

Step 1 – clean the sink with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Make sure to get all of the stuck food items, etc. off and rinse the sink well.

011Step 2 – spray Windex on your faucet fixtures and whip them down with a clean cloth.  I use old washcloths as they are very absorbent and don’t leave fuzzes.  Once the fixtures are clean, use the same cloth to dry out the sinks.  Make sure they are very dry.

013Now you may think you are done, however, once the sink sits for a while those nasty white marks appear again.  So here is where the magic happens.

Step 3 – Pour a little baby oil on a clean dry cloth – about the size of a quarter.  Use a clean cloth – not the same one you used to dry your sink as water and oil don’t mix and you won’t get the same effect.  Rub the sink down with the baby oil rag.  Don’t be afraid to use a little elbow grease here.  I typically will wipe down the divider of the sink, then the sides of the left sink.  I then apply another quarter size of baby oil and wipe the sink bottom and the sides and sink bottom of the right sink.  That is all you need as you don’t want it to be to oily.  Here is the finished product:

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My sink will usually stay this way for about 2 – 3 months.  Then I will go through this process again.  In between treatments, I will usually give my sink a wipe down with my dishtowel after the evening dishes have been cleaned up and put in the dishwasher.  This way my sink is dry and clean and I put out fresh dishtowels for the next day.

I hope you have found this information useful.  To clean my granite counter-tops I found this product at Target. I works wonders and it often on sale for a good price.

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Monday Musings (on Wednesday) – Housecleaning Part 3

Monday I was so busy with my knitting marathon that I did not have time to post about my housecleaning progress.  Tuesday I had Oma (Grandma) duty and was spending the morning with my dear, sweet granddaughter.  Now it is already Wednesday, where does the time go????

The fact that life gets in the way of the best laid plans is something that will never change, it is how we respond to the things that get in our way that determines how we live our life.  I try to “roll” with the punches and make the best of each day.  To do this, I find that organization is key and that is why I am developing my Housecleaning binder so that I can stay on top of what needs to be done.

So far my binder contains:

My Weekly Cleaning list

My daily cleaning list

Cleaning tasks that need to be done once a month

Cleaning tasks that need to be done twice a year

I am now moving on to breaking  the rooms of my house into separate areas and listing what I would like to deep clean in each one.  I will focus on one room a month and by the end of the year I will have deep cleaned each room in my home, as well as, keeping my weekly cleaning down to 1 hour per week.  No one wants to spend the precious weekend time we have cleaning all day.

I do realize that some of you work in an office and can not dedicate a day to clean during the week. If this is true for you, I would recommend breaking the weekly tasks up and doing one or two each day during the week.  This way your house still gets cleaned and you are not a slave to the process. You can add your monthly cleaning chores onto the ones you do each day, or add them to the time you spend cleaning on the weekend.  I usually add them onto my weekend cleaning day.  this usually only adds an additional 15 minutes to my cleaning time. I usually clean 15 minutes on Saturday and 15 minutes on Sunday.

For January I am focusing on my Kitchen.  Here is what my chore list for the kitchen looks like:

KITCHEN:

Wipe down cabinets

Wipe off top of refrigerator

Wipe off Knick-Knacks and declutter countertops

Scrub floor

Clean crumbs out of drawers and straighten

I don’t have many items on this list and each task takes 15 minutes or less.  Since each month has a minimum 4 weeks I should not have a problem getting these done within my scheduled, allotted time frame.

So far I have wiped down the top of the refrigerator and scrubbed the floor.  I took last weekend off to participate in the knitting Marathon so I will tackle the following tasks on Saturday: Wipe down cabinets, wipe off/declutter my countertops, and clean the crumbs out of my drawers.  These chores will most likely take me 30 minutes and then I am free to enjoy the rest of my weekend.

Stay tuned for next week when I post my progress and show you the Family Room detailed list.

 

 

 

 

Monday Musings – Housecleaning Part 2: Monthly cleaning list and twice a year cleaning list

So in an attempt to stay organized, I purchased this 3 ring binder from Target.  I love the Owl pattern (I am very much obsessed with owls lately).  006Into the binder I put my weekly cleaning list (vacuum rugs is crossed off as I had the remainder of my carpeting taken out and now all I have is hardwood floors) and my daily cleaning list.  I have them in sheet protectors so I can use a dry erase marker to mark off the items as I go.  This is what my lists look like – you will need to customize yours to your home. The weekly cleaning list takes me about one hour to do – I do these on Friday mornings.

007The next page in my binder will be my Monthly Cleaning List.  Here is what I put on mine:

Scrub tubs and shower stall walls

Wipe down all baseboards

clean window sills

clean shudders

wash throw rugs

wipe out microwave and toaster ovens

wipe out oven

wipe out refrigerator – throw out old items

wipe down ceiling fans and light fixtures

 

Also on this page is my “to be done twice a year” list.  My list looks like this:

remove all window screens and wash windows

wash items in china cabinet

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My goal is to choose one or two of the items on my monthly chore list to do each weekend. Breaking the cleaning down into manageable time increments makes it easier to stay on top of things rather than always trying to play catch up and then spending the whole weekend cleaning.

Next Monday I will start to break the rest of my house into sections – focusing on deep cleaning one room a month.  Stay tuned…….