After cleaning my disgusting floors with my go-to favorite...my Bona Hardwood Floor Mop and Cleaning Solution, I gave Ask Anna's fake-out a try! And I have to say, I was surprised at how well it worked!! The majority of my floor issues are the result of sippy cup spills, so going around once a day with a hand towel really does the trick! This, coupled with my Roomba dependency may just help me look like I spend a ton of time keeping my floors clean!! If you have hardwood (or fake hardwood like we do) it's definitely worth a try!!
Now...on to the bathrooms! Eeeww! I honestly have no idea how two toddlers and a grown man can make such a mess just going potty...and it's a total toss up as to who is the worst offender! :) On the bright side, ALL of my tricks that I picked worked even better than I had imagined! I highly recommend them all!! And the best part is, they all utilize the same concepts and ingredients, so doing them all takes very little time compared to the amazing results!! I tried them in this order and was able to bang out two bathrooms in under an hour. Considering how gross they were at the start I think that's quite an accomplishment!! :)
I stated with Joyful Homemaking's tip for removing mineral deposits around faucets...I just wrapped the faucets in both bathrooms in paper towels soaked in vinegar and let them sit until I was done with just about everything else. After I took off the towels I gave a little scrub to any deposits that were left and viola!! My faucets look brand new and shiny!! It even took the caked on deposits on the faucets themselves. I'll definitely be doing this once a month!!
Now let me just tel you about the pillowcase ceiling fan cleaning technique from Real Simple...why hadn't I heard about this before!! Our fans are all over our beds and cleaning them usually required stripping the beds and putting something down in case any yuck ended up falling off the fans...well no more my friends!! In about 2 minutes I cleaned all the fans in our house (ooh, were they gross!!) with all the yuck landing safely inside the pillowcase!!! Brilliant!!!
This next tip from One Good Thing...was the closest thing to a failure I experienced this week. And it really wasn't a failure at all. I made a paste of 1/4 cup baking soda with a splash of peroxide and put it on all the black, crusty stains I've been trying to remove from my stainless steel stove top since we moved in 7 years ago, and it removed about half of them completely. The others ended up getting smaller and less noticeable, so I'm hoping with repeated applications they will eventually go. Next, I'm going to try this on the black stains on the bottoms of my pots and pans!!
I'm actually pretty stoked that everything worked as well as they did!! Just another affirmation for my Pinterest addiction!! I'm so stoked that I do think the tip from Organizing Made Fun is going to change my life. I do hate cleaning, but for 15-20 minutes a day I think I can stomach it!! So my goal is to stick to her weekly schedule for the next month and see how it goes! Of course, I'll keep you posted! :)