Monday, November 19, 2012

25 Places You Didn't Know Were Dirty and How to Clean Them

I can't craft and I can't cook with a smile if my house is dirty. I grew up in a house where my mom threatened us with the "white glove test" which meant that she would check our work and make sure it was sparkling clean. I also would like to note that I grew up in the sandy desert of Idaho where the wind was always blowing, graciously leaving a nice film of dust everywhere. To this day, I still hate dusting, but that isn't what this post is about!
This is to kick off a new segment called 25 Places You Didn't Know Were Dirty and How to Clean Them!
Based off of years living as an indentured servant in the CLEAN household and my appreciation for that training when I started a cleaning business of my own. My cleaning crew would clean 80 college apartments from top to the grimy bottom in only 9 days! I also cleaned 8 homes each week, and let me tell you...I know a few things about clean.
Would you like to know my secrets?

Well, because I'm so sweet, I'm going to share my tips with you one at a time. I'm not here to overwhelm--instead, I want to inspire. These tasks are simple, but they will make your entire household cleaner, run smoother, and I'm betting make you happy inside too!


25 Places You Didn't Know Were Dirty and How to Clean Them!

Tip #1 The Washing Machine

  My mom always says that people forget to clean the stuff that cleans for them.
  • Run an empty cycle with bleach.
  • Use disinfectant to wipe down outside knobs and handles. Then wipe down the entire inside of washer and agitator.
Keep it Simple: Next time you start a batch of laundry, grab a washcloth, sock, or towel from the load you just started. Wring out the water and wipe down the washer. Dip the washcloth back into the clean water as it continues to fill the washer and repeat. If you do this one simple tip once a week, it will take you about one-two minutes and the result will be a sparkling clean washer. I also wipe down my dryer at the same time--it's easy to remove the fine lint that settles on the machine, with a wet rag.