I once had a roommate who loved to clean bathrooms. Oh, you read that correctly. I remember the first time we cleaned our apartment for inspection, I poked my head through the bathroom door to ask a question, only to find hers halfway in the toilet; she was scrubbing away. She looked up mid-hum and smiled, “I don’t know why, but this has always been my favorite part!” I just stood there, dumbstruck. The mere thought was beyond comprehension.
Similarly, down through the years I’ve come across those who live for the organization of closet space or the pulling of weeds. If you happen to be one such individual, I salute you; for I, myself, am not. I love the end result, mind you, which is why I perform the devilish deeds–but I do not love the act of getting it done. Needless to say, when I happen upon a trick to make things easier, I’m all for it. Here are a few of the latest . . .
Down the toilet. We had a bit of a toilet bowl issue. Mainly, dark, rusty looking streaks took up residence one day and refused eviction. For months I fought those suckers-layering on the Comet, shooting streams of bleach, taking out decades worth of frustation with the scouring of a pumice stone. I broke a nail, scraped my knuckles, uttered a few choice words–I may have shed a tear or two. All for naught, my friends, all for naught. Then one day I found myself in possession of Bar Keepers Friend. Seeing you could use it in the bathroom I gave it a go. One application and the streaks were gone–gone, I tell you–and I didn’t even have to work up a sweat. How can it be so miraculous? I don’t even want to know. All that matters is it’s Awesome!
Growing like a weed. If cleaning the toilet is the #1 scourge of my existence, pulling weeds is a close second. I mean really, they’re such wily fellows–you’ve got to nip them in the bud a soon as you can, roots and all. Therein lies the dilemma: pulling up a full network of roots is often easier said than done. Do you agree? If so, here’s a little gem for you: twist as you pull. Works like butta. Sure, there will always be those in which you’re forced to dig halfway to China to retrieve the root system; but more oft’ than not, the twist-n-pull method will get it done, with little to no lasting trauma.
Balloons in the house. Bonus! This one has absolutely nothing to do with cleaning, indoors or out. However, once cleaning lies safely behind me for yet another week, I like to reward myself by cutting fresh flowers to bring indoors. And while I love the Chinese Bellflower (fondly referred to as the Balloon Flower), it can be a persnickety cut flower. No matter how fresh the bloom, it always seems to wilt the moment it’s brought indoors. Well, here’s the thing: you must cut them when they’re still a bud (or balloon, as the case may be)–and don’t forget crush the end of the stem or otherwise seal it. With that, they should last a good week, at least.
So there you have it. Of course, you may have finished reading these deep thoughts and promptly exclaimed, “That’s it?! But everyone knows that!” Maybe so; but maybe there’s one person I’ll save from gloom and despair–in that, I shall be a success.
*Have a cleaning tip all your own? Do feel free to share with the rest of us–please and thank you, naturally . . .