Sunday, November 19, 2006

Oops - One Reader's Embarrassing Mistake While Cleaning a Fridge

Here's an 'oopsie' email sent in to me by Sara.


So, I was cleaning my friends house at her request and I saw fingerprints
on her brushed aluminum fridge. I guess I wasn't thinking and used Bon
Ami (never scratches right?) well the brushed appearance went away! And
now there is a big shiny circle and some swirls where I **cleaned** it. I
am so embarrassed and I don't quite know what to do. I have looked online
and it seems like either 1000 grit sandpaper or really fine steel wool
will do the job, but I don't want to compound the problem. Have you ever
run across this or do you know who I might ask? THanks in advance for a
response--I tried to get on the google questions and answers but my filter
keeps blocking my ability to start an account--another matter entirely.

Thanks again,


Hey Sara,

:) First of all - good for you for cleaning the fingerprints! Sure, it's left you in a BIT of a bind, but I'm sure it's a problem that can still be solved.

I think before doing any more damage, I would contact customer service of the company that made the fridge. You should be able to easily find out that information by doing a search online - you can either phone or email the company. They should have a suggestion for what can be done to resurface the area that you so thoroughly cleaned!

Please let me know what they tell you, as I'm sure other Happy Slob Cleaners will want to know too!

Take care,

PS> What did your friend say when she saw the circle left behind?
P.P.S. And don't things like this make you feel REALLY humble and human? :) My new saying for when I mess up is: "This is helping to build my character!"

Friday, November 17, 2006

Natural Air Freshener Recipe - Using Lemon, Baking Soda and Water

Here's a fantastic natural lemony air freshener that only uses natural ingredients, is cheap to make AND works amazingly well at removing nasty odors from the air (not just covering them up with artificial smells. Ick.)

Hope you enjoy the recipe and give it a try:

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Motivate, Don't Irritate - Getting Your Family to Help Clean the House

Frustrated with family that just won't help around the home? Need a few tips to get them up off their bums and away from the television?

You got it! Here are a few ways to motivate your family to help clean the house, without annoying them and having them disown you forever.

  1. Don't nag. It doesn't work. If you start to hear a whiney, annoying tone in your own voice - walk away! You don't want to turn into a nagging drone...that's really not what you're all about.
  2. Reward them - Present family members with their chore(s) of the day. Offer rewards for good efforts. You could even have a little rewards jar with things like: "Ice Cream Sundae" or "Family picnic" or "You Get to Watch Your Favorite TV Show" on it. After an entire week of family cleaning, you can offer a larger reward like a movie out all together or something like that.
  3. Keep a limit on it - Use the timer for them too, so that they don't feel like the housework will never end. You can even say something like: "It's only for 10 minutes. Let's see how much we can get done in that time!"
  4. Be a good role model - Do your own 3 Step Solution to Housecleaning, and don't go on and on about how much you hate to clean. Just get on with it, and then tell them how great you feel to be keeping the house nicer for everyone to enjoy.
  5. Tell them you've read the Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning" so that they know this is all good fun and not terribly, horribly serious. Let them read the ebook too, so they can see where you're coming from, and they can learn the techniques for themselves.
  6. Keep it fun - when your family sees you dancing around to funky music while cleaning, they'll be far more likely to want to get involved. Even if they think you're nuts, it won't be long before the fun is too contagious to ignore and they'll get up and movin'!
  7. Don't expect perfection - none of us is perfect, so why expect it of your family members who are honestly trying their very best?
  8. Sincerely Praise them - Thank family members sincerely after they've helped out with cleaning chores. When they see how happy it makes you to have them pitch in, they'll be more and more likely to continue helping out.

You're Beautiful, It's True - Happy Slob's Beauty Picks

You're beautiful,
You're beautiful,
You're beautiful, it's true...

Okay, enough with the truly horrid James Blunt impersonation, but we slobs ARE beautiful! A few well chosen beauty products won't hurt that natural beauty one bit - and I've gone and found some amazing online bargains for you to enjoy - gorgeous lip color for under (gasp!) 2 bucks...and some luscious smelling bath treats for under 1 buck! Even if you're broke, you can afford to splurge on these: Happy Slob's Beauty Bargains

And for the male Happy Slobs among us, don't roll your eyes, thank you very much. Instead, load up on these for your girlfriends, wives or moms. They'll adore you for the effort!

Cleaner, Sparkling Glasses - How to Clean them Right

Dirty, foggy looking wine and water glasses really aren't terribly impressive to guests, now are they?

So, I heard a simple little technique using that most amazing and valued of Happy Slob Cleaners - VINEGAR - to get your glasses gorgeous and sparkling as they always meant to be.

Easy - wash the glasses thoroughly in hot soapy water and then when you rinse in hot water - add a few tablespoons of plain old white vinegar to the rinse water. Let dry. That added bit of vinegar will make those glasses sparkle and remove a lot of residue. :) Give it a try - you'll love the glam glasses you're left with!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

A Funny Way to End Procrastination - Talk Yourself Into It

The other day I came up with a funny idea for us Happy Slob Housecleaners to stop procrastinating once and for all. And it involves a WEE bit of bullying yourself. Or at least talking yourself INTO cleaning, rather than talking yourself right OUT of it. We need a saying that will move us to action, even when we REALLY DON'T FEEL like cleaning - but don't have a valid reason not to get to work.

Come up with an inspirational saying that will motivate YOU to get up off your bum and start cleaning. It can be funny, such as: "I don't want to turn into my mother-in-law!" or it could be serious, such as: "I'm going to devote 10 minutes to cleaning right now. Up and at 'em!" Or, it could be as wacky as: "Come on you slobbo, time for a cleaning burst!"

Come up with a saying that will work for you. Mine is going to be: "10 Minutes from now, what will I have accomplished?" If it's nothing worthwhile, then it's time to do a cleaning burst...or work a bit on a focus room. Or tackle a bit of decluttering. Whatever - 10 minutes really do make a huge difference. Try it and you'll see that for yourself.

PS. And...motivate yourself to action with a small reward at the end of the task. Maybe a nice cup of tea, or a telephone call to a friend, or an extra few minutes to read that novel you love so much. Whatever it is - rewarding yourself is certainly a good way to get motivated to clean - especially at first, before good new habits have kicked in.

Right and speaking of those good cleaning habits -- The Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning is your 1st step to undertaking new - fun and easy! - cleaning habits. If you still don't have your own personal copy, hop over there and pick one up. It'll do amazing things for your motivation. :) And I promise it's not scary in the least. In fact, it's good CLEAN (hardy har har) fun...

Two Organizing Products You Need (and will love)

Over on my Happy Slob's Bargain Blog I've found two great new organizing products that will help even the SLOPPIEST Slob organize:

1. A great (cheap) device for organizing cookware lids in the cupboard
2. A groovy magnetic OR push pin capable bulletin board that I think would look stylish and functional in a home office (or an OFFICE office for that matter) or pop one in the kitchen to keep recipes and lists within easy view.

Pop on over and see what I've chosen for you...oh, and yes, I forgot to mention there's also some new chocolate goodies that I absolutely love! :) You know me and my chocolate...