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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Housekeeping Tip of the Day

If you're like me, you hate cleaning bathrooms. It's funny what I will put up with when I know it's just me that's been using a sink and shower, but yet in the office bathroom (which is cleaned daily), I'm still using paper towels to shield my hands from the frightening door and faucet handles. So at home, to make bathroom cleaning easier, I have several tips to make it quicker and easier. After you've given the mirror and sink a good cleaning, wipe it daily so it doesn't get too icky, alternately using the Clorox wipes and a towel. I don't have any creative toilet techniques, but I like the throwaway brushes. Once upon a time I saw someone use the same sponge on the toilet bowl that they did on the sink and shower and it left me scarred. (Always ask yourself, especially if you have roommates--Where has that double-sided scrub sponge been?)

Use the vacuum (people around here seem to call it a sweeper) to clean the floor and the tops of the baseboards before mopping (do this after you've dusted/cleaned the sink, the top of the toilet tank, and the edge of the tub, so any dust you dislodge from those horizontal surfaces is already on the floor for you to suck up with the Hoover. Swiffer floor cleaners rock and can be used if you don't have time for the Pine-Sol. And my main reason for entering this tip (drumroll) Since most of us don't have an automatic shower cleaner, simply clean it while you're in it. Then you don't have to worry about spraying water all over the bathroom in your attempts to rinse the shower walls from the outside of the tub, standing on the linoleum. By cleaning from within the shower, you can be thorough and you don't have to deal with sock wetness while cleaning, which we all know is one of the worst feelings possible. Also, the shower curtain can be wiped clean, which is difficult to do from the outside of the tub. I recommend that you suds up after you clean the tub, that way you can wash off any cleaner residue so it doesn't eat away at your feet.

7 Comments:

Blogger Pete said...

This is like 3 tips in 1 StephChurch, thanks for the bonus!

"(Always ask yourself, especially if you have roommates--Where has that double-sided scrub sponge been ?)"

Or in my case: "Where has the double-side SpongeBob been?"

And I think it's a vacuum, sweeping is what you do with a broom.

13 April, 2005 10:07

 
Anonymous Trav said...

You can come clean my dorm room anytime! Odessa peed on the floor again...

13 April, 2005 10:36

 
Blogger Stephanie said...

OK, quick disclaimer before we start accidentally spreading rumors (before everyone meets her) about whether or not Odessa is housetrained.

Jay is enamored with Odessa's name. Odessa said that he should name his next pet Odessa...he reacted by saying it would probably be weird to be saying things like, "Oh no, Odessa just peed on the floor." My brother Travis witnessed this comment. ;-) He's resurrected it for our Wednesday morning!

Whew! Close one. Odessa, we love you!

And Pete, amen on the use of the word "vacuum" instead of "sweeper."

13 April, 2005 10:49

 
Blogger Heather said...

Stephanie, you are my hero today! You have brought out so many good points about cleaning, all in one post. My favorite by far is the double-sided sponge one. I don't like doing dishes with them, for each time I use it I notice that food from the last washing is still embedded in the scrubber side!

Oh yeah, I once worked for a cleaning service owned by a lady from my church, and she cleaned bathrooms with one sponge and made us do the same. She gave us a trial viewing of what cleaning a bathroom should look like, and I watched with horror as she went through all the stalls with the one sponge, dipping it in the toilet bowl water and using her bare hands to scrub the inside. After that summer I vowed never to touch the inside of a toilet again:).

13 April, 2005 16:13

 
Blogger Pete said...

Congratulations Heather, you just posted the 300th comment in Tip of the Day history!

13 April, 2005 17:31

 
Blogger Heather said...

So Peter, I'm guessing the 300th comment gets me some sort of prize. Just so you know I would love a cruise to the Bahamas, but if that's too extravagant I'd always settle for a good piece of cake.

14 April, 2005 03:27

 
Blogger Pete said...

We do actually have a prize for you (but you have to redeem it before tuesday).

17 April, 2005 01:27

 

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