March 14, 2012
old school spring cleaning
I love spring cleaning.
Probably a little too much.
Do you remember the episode from Full House where Danny Tanner makes the whole family partake in spring cleaning? I remember watching that episode and thinking how fun it would be to help them clean their house. Oooohh….oooh…give me that mop, purrrrty please?
Clearly I was not a normal
I used to dump over flower pots just so I could sweep up the dirt. Weird? You betcha.
I also used to run around wearing a yellow polka-dot bathing suit and sported an 80’s mullet. Mom, how did I survive childhood?
Ah, yes . . . spring cleaning.
Today I want to share a few quick tips on spring cleaning the old school way, using simple products already found in your cupboards and drawers. Now, I can’t take any of the credit for these brilliant ideas. We found a couple of typed lists among Granny’s
things while we were back in Wichita for her funeral. The lists ranged from how-to cooking techniques to cures for infections to ways to ward off bugs. Granny was an amazing woman (and legit spring clean-er) and I thought it would be fun to share some of her ideas:
– Eliminate water rings on finished wood with a paste of baking soda and toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth into the paste, then rub away the stain.
– Sharpen your scissors by cutting through 6 or 8 layers of foil. No kidding.
– Dryer sheets can dissolve soap scum from shower door and walls – who knew?! Just clean wet surfaces with a sheet or two.
Repel bees and bugs by tucking some sheets under lawn furniture!
– Remove ink stains on clothing by soaking in a bowl of milk overnight.
– To clean a toilet, drop two tablets in the bowl. Wait 20 minutes. Become hypnotized by the tiny bubbles of freshness. Scrub, then flush.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to sharpen my kitchen scissors and plop some alka-seltzer in the toilet. Life is good.
Got any old school spring cleaning tips to share?