Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Just think! No more nasty, cranky ironing boards to contend with ever again. All I'll need to do - if I can find one of these elusive creatures - is to hang the garment up, steam it all over and then wear it. Voila! Easy as pie, and far better for my state of happiness than lugging around the ironing board and iron. Sure, it won't give crisp edges, but it WILL get out the wrinkles, of that I'm sure! And that's all that really matters to me.
I know, I know - some of you actually ENJOY ironing. :) I'm glad. I wish I was one of the Ironing Lovers of this world, but I'm simply not. I hate ironing, and you can tell. (Oops, did I let that slip? Yes, sometimes my clothes are apparently wrinkly...) So, I'm searching for a great fabric steamer. If any of you own one and love it, please let me know! Otherwise, I'll search on my own and post as soon as I find a great steamer!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
What should you do? :) Accept it!
While I've been sick with the flu, I can barely tidy up, let alone do any REAL cleaning. So, if you're sick of life comes flying in your face (we all know THAT can happen...) simply accept it, and carry on with your good new cleaning routines as soon as you possibly can.
Don't beat yourself up over it - it wastes far too much energy and time.
Take care all,
Friday, October 27, 2006
Run the dishwasher as normal, adding whatever detergent you normally would. Every time you un-load the dishwasher, remove the nice clean and fresh dish cloth and put your dirty one in with the dirty dishes. You'll have a revolving system of two dishcloths, and you'll never have to worry about bleaching them clean again! And you'll find that they smell nice and fresh - never sour and stinky.
:) I recommend this idea to people all the time -- try it once, and I know you'll be hooked.
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Hope all of you are doing well.
Monday, October 23, 2006
If your child happens to get into your lipstics and "paint" the walls and carpet for you, use Baby Wipes it works a treat.
Submitted by Sandy
Another cleaning tip for wipes: I had purchased a large box of Wet Naps - you know, those lemon scented wipes that some restaurants seem to pass out when you've finished a meal. Anyway, I had all sorts of them around and discovered that these are GREAT for wiping down the counter...and especially great for getting sinks shiny! I used a Wet Nap for wiping down the kitchen sink and it absolutely sparkled after! :) A great tip if you have a collection of these too and aren't entirely sure what to do with them...from Christina (the Happy Slob)
Those brown rings you get on sealed glass stove tops. You know, the ones nothing really gets off. Baking soda and water and the tips of your fingers work best, Use vinegar AFTER that to get all the baking soda dust and make the surface streak free. It will look brand spanking new.
I just had to mention it.
_Submitted by Heather_
Saturday, October 21, 2006
I have pale colored carpets (sort of an oatmeal-beigey color) and when I poured a capful of full strength hydrogen peroxide on the carpet stains, and then let it sit for a few minutes - I automatically saw the stain start to disappear. Before I even scrubbed!
Now, here is my new secret trick that I discovered entirely by mistake - use an old eletric toothbrush to scrub that stain into nothingness. I had an old electronic toothbrush that I didn't like, and I thought - "Might as well give it a try here." It worked great! It did all the scrubbing work for me...and totally removed the stain.
Please be sure to always do a spot test with hydrogen peroxide on a small, hidden area of your carpet so that you'll be sure it doesn't make the color of your carpet run. I only suggest this on pale colored carpets. :) But if you have light carpets like me, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with how well hydrogen peroxide gets out even really old carpet stains!
One more thing -- after I finished pouring on the peroxide and scrubbing it, I then sprayed some regular water on top and placed a clean towel (or paper towel) on top and put something weighted on top of that. It helps to soak up all the liquid, and the lingering remnants of the stain as well.
But, indoor grills and Raclettes can be difficult to clean. Swissmar, which produces the Raclette that we sell, also sells little cleaning brushes that are specifically designed to clean the grooves of the grill - I would recommend trying a special brush like that for your indoor grills too.
Generally, a bit of soapy water on the grill, then allowed to sit for a little while, will help loosen grease and gunk that has collected. Enjoy your grilling!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
:) Today I was looking at the lamp sitting on my nightstand and decided that it had been too long since I'd cleaned it! Using a upholstery attachment on the vacuum (yes, the new one that actually WORKS! Yippee!), I went to work. It worked great. Thought I'd share this easy way to perk up your old lamps - because lampshades are one of those things we just don't always remember to clean.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Cats and dogs too for that matter, have extremely sensitive little noses, meaning that once they've had an accident somewhere, it sort of smells like home to them. Or at least the toilet. And, they think that means a green light to continue peeing or pooing anywhere around there that they so choose!
I purchased a bottle of Home Thymes Mandarin Coriander All-Purpose Cleaner, having read that natural citrus essential oils are something cats naturally hate. (I've seen this firsthand by the disgusted looks on their faces when I peel an orange and the strong-scented oils from the peel naturally sort of squirt all over the place.) I thought THIS would finally be the solution to my pet's mis-directions when they're using the potty.
:) And guess what? I think it is! I recommend this cleaner even if you DON'T have pets with problems aiming. (Or don't have pets at all.) I liked it because it contains natural ingredients, real mandarin, lemon and orange essential oils and a great scent that lingers nicely. (Not overwhelming, but definitely adds a nice scent to whatever room you use it in.)
I'll keep you up to date on whether this stuff really does the trick! A bottle cost me $9.99 here in Canada...as a PS -- yesterday at work a lady bought some of the Kumquat Lime home spray & hand lotion, so I thought I'd mention that everyone was going NUTS about how great that happened to smell! Here's some more info on those if you'd like to check it out:
Home Thymes Kumquat Lime Hand Lotion
Home Thymes Kumquat Lime Home Fragrance Mist Room Spray
Remember that a lot of unusual gunk gets stuck around the faucets and the sink. An old toothbrush (which should be in your cleaning kit anyway) or another thin cleaning brush will make quick work of removing that. Just spray with Vinegar spray and let sit for a few minutes before working all that gunk and grime away. (I've found that cleaning brushes meant for cleaning out turkey basters are a great additional cleaning tool! This is a good use for those...they're long, thin cleaning brushes. Great for hard to reach cleaning jobs!)
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One day after a long day at the fair my son (who refused to use the public washroom) fell asleep on the drive home. Well... the seat of the car was really, really soaked when we finally got home.
I didn't want to add water to send it further into the foam of the seat so I ran for the baking soda. I covered the wet area with over a half box of baking soda and waited until morning.
The next morning I vacuumed up the powder and believe it or not the smell and the stain were almost completely gone. I misted the area lightly with water and covered with baking soda again.
The smell and the stain were gone... like it never happened!
Baking soda uses directory, which I'm adding to all the time: http://www.happyslob.com/bakingsoda.html -- if you have a use that isn't listed, send it in to me! More household hints at http://householdhints.blogspot.com - enjoy!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Today's Product: Cascade 2 in 1 Action Pacs with Dawn
What it claims:
- Cascade with ShineShield helps stop permanent etching damage before it can start. (Etching is the permanent cloudiness on the surface of glassware.)
- With regular use and proper dosing, Cascade with Shine Shield neutralizes the harsh effects that can cause etching.
- Fast acting formula activates on contact to quickly and easily clean tough grease
- Works to clean even tough food stains and dried on food
What I found:
- I LIKED this stuff. The funky little see-through packets contain a detergent layer and a clear bluish layer - that's the Dawn layer apparently. I found that it was most effective at getting my glasses cleaner and clearer, so their claims of helping with etching was TRUE. With time, it got better and better.
- I didn't find these dishwashing detergent packets worked as well on the claims of cleaning even dried on food. I specifically tried to put some plates in the dishwasher that had some dried on food, and it got a little off, but definitely not all. I would still always recommend scrubbing that stuff off first. (But, I'm okay with that. I have yet to find a dishwasher detergent that really DOES get off all dried food matter from the dishes.)
- I liked the convenience of this product...it's easy to just pop one of these little suckers into the dishwasher detergent compartment and be done with it. And let's be honest, sometimes cute products get our attention, and these little space age-like packets with their two layers are cool, and as cute as dishwasher packets can get!
My Happy Slob Housecleaning Rating (out of 5)
3.7/5 = 74%
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But, it's one of those products that PAYS to PAY more. Well made microfiber cloths should be very absorbent and soft. What makes the difference? Cheaply made microfiber cloths don't have split fibers. You see, the split fibers are what makes the cloth so absorbent. Smaller fibers also make the microfiber cloth more effective as a cleaning tool around your home.
So, where can you find good microfiber cloths? Go to a store that you trust and ask what they like and use themselves. Or, go online and do some research...find out what people are using and loving and recommending to their friends.
Here are the best ones I managed to find; the ones I'm going to order for myself:
MysticMaid Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
If you find out more uses for the microfiber cloths that you'd like to share, email me - email@example.com
I've found one of the best ways to neutralize these areas after my kitties have done an oopsie is:
- Well, first clean up the mess. That's obvious, right? I like using some natural dishwashing liquid on the stain, dampened with our Very Vinegar spray, and then scrubbed.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the entire area.
- Spray some Vinegar on the area, on top of the baking soda.
- Wipe up the entire area. You might need to do the vinegar step a couple of times to get all of the baking soda gritty feeling up off the floor.
I find that the combination of the baking soda and vinegar really works well to neutralize the smell in that area, so that my cats don't go back and continually make new messes in that place. :) Works like a charm.
Hey -- if you guys have any cleaning tips that have worked for you, or any comments at all, either post it here on the blog OR feel free to email me anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!
Oh right, here's the link to de-fogging the bathroom mirrors:
Clean safely, slobbo pals. ;0)
Monday, October 02, 2006
The Biggie - Holds 60 Pairs of Shoes
Great for walk-in closets or other large storage areas
Shoe Away Organizer - Only $12.75
Hangs over any door - holds 30 pairs of shoes
Overdoor Canvas Shoe Organizer
Holds 20 pairs of shoes