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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cleaning Up the Bar, Part 4: Odds & Ends

1. Sometimes, when all else fails with getting something clean, good old fashioned scrubbing does the trick. Elbow grease, plus a damp scouring sponge can work wonders. There were some areas on my (white, dammit!) stove that have been bugging me since we moved in over 3 years ago, and this weekend, I finally just said, screw the products, and put some muscle into it. The thing is still far from spotless, but I kind of couldn’t believe the results.

2. Strawberry stains on (white, dammit!) cotton is tough. I tried dish soap, vinegar, baking soda, borax, and finally Charlie’s Soap spray, in that order. It turned bright red, then purple, then bright red, then purple, and then finally went away. In that order. Weird!

3. I’m going through a Green Phase, of sorts, and bought a few Method cleaners, and I have to say, I am loving the wood and granite cleaners, specifically. The wood cleaner just makes me happy. It smells like almond oil (which is exactly the ingredient), which makes me think of cookies, and what’s better than cookies? The granite cleaner beats all for shine.

3 tips left at the bar:

Megan said...

Absolutely, you can't argue with elbow grease!

Hmmm... The wood cleaner sounds (and smells?) great! The granite cleaner, I wouldn't need at the mo'. I don't think granite was real big in 1981 when my rental farmhouse was built. I'm just sayin'. :)

We'll get this place cleaned up yet!!

~sarah said...

i enjoy the mr. clean magic eraser and totally agree with you about the elbow grease. ewwww.... just got a weird and gross mental image just then though. elbow grease...

penelope said...

The magic eraser rocks. I like that Target makes its own version, too.

Elbow grease, ew! Who comes up with this stuff!