My new routine since not going to the office on Fridays is to clean my house in the morning with the ambition to have it done before ten. I run about like a tornado, make beds, declutter, wet wipe all surfaces, vacuum upholstery and floors etc etc. I also clean the bathrooms. As I was doing them this morning I came to think about my favorite cleaning methods besides from the regular use of the toilet brush, cleaning of all surfaces and so on.
What you see above is a cloth I made about 15 years ago, or rather I made a whole bunch of them. I used old worn sheets, used up all the rolls of thread that had very little on them and simply zig zagged the edges so almost every cloth has it's own color thread and a couple have two where I ran out in the middle of making one. I use these for cleaning glass surfaces since they are lint free after so many years of use. They are all different sizes, I just ripped the sheets without measuring and I love them. Actually I think I'll make some more!
Another fave is using an old tooth brush for those hard to reach spots. You wouldn't believe the amount of gunk that's hidden in that very spot above.
Speaking of brushes, here's another, a dish washing one which I use to clean the shower drain with. If you haven't cleaned yours in a while you're in for treat when you remove that cover…
What is she doing you might ask. What you see is one of my best ever travel souvenirs. I found it in a Japanese home store in Hong Kong a few years ago. It's a slightly abrasive eraser with which you can remove lime scale. You use it like you would a normal pencil eraser but on your bathroom surfaces. It rubs away the lime scale perfectly and doesn't seem to damage or scratch the surface.
There's a glass shelf in the downstairs bathroom which sits very close to the shower and it inevitably gets wet and because its a horisontal surface lime scale builds up. This does not come off just by wiping so while cleaning this morning I took the opportunity to show you a before and after using the eraser. It comes off like magic, and like I said, as far as I can see, no scratching. I don't do this every week mind you, only once in a while like when it looks like in the before photo. In between I wipe as well as I can.
EDIT: Do any of you know where these erasers can be found on-line? Please let us all know in the comments.
EDIT#2. Thank you for all your suggestions! I think we found it or a very similar one + a few more for other types of stains. I've added them to my Amazon Store. The grey one seems to be the equivalent of my japanese eraser. Thank you Suzanne!!!
Another thing I love to use while cleaning is old towels, ecpecially scratchy ones, since they are a little bit abrasive and pick up dirt better than a smooth rag. Behind faucets and pipes I use a see-sawing action, you know the same as when you're drying your back after taking a shower, pulling the ends of the towel back and forth. Works like a charm.
Oh, and for those shower walls and the bathroom floor I use this. When I first got it it was such a revelation and a relief not to have to scrub so much, the long handle gives you the force you need to quickly and simply clean your large bathroom surfaces. I should get paid for that testimonial.
Do you have any fave cleaning tips you care to share?
Yay, it's Friday! Have a nice weekend!!!