Monday, January 18, 2010

Fun Monday - Am I A Clean Freak?

Lil' Mouse is our "squeeky clean" hostess for this Fun Monday and this is what she has asked the participants to share:

What is your least favorite chore? Vacuum get you down? Dust bunnies saying, “oh yeah, you and what army?” Is there a chore that you neglect doing it until the absolute last minute when guests arrive? Do you just pray they won’t look ‘there’? Are you going green with your cleaning? Top tips?

I am a neat freak and not so much a clean freak. Cleaning is over rated. I have no schedule when it comes to cleaning and doing my household chores. I just clean when I feel the house needs cleaning. And I complete my daily chores (aka, laundy, unloading dishwasher, putting clothing away, etc.) like a robot performs a routine maintenance check-up.  However, there is one cleaning chore that I do almost daily and that is vacuum. Due to my most loveable and adorable 107 lb. yellow lab, Cooper, who sheds hair that flies onto the furniture, under the furniture, gets stuck to the bottom of your shoes and clings to your clothing, the need to vacuum daily is a must!  Embiggen the photo below and you will see the dog hair clinging to the rug. Ewww!

Rest assure though, you can ask any family member or friend that has ever come to my home and they will tell you that the Church Lady has a clean home! They just don't look hard enough to see the real dirt!

There is one cleaning utensil that I use ALOT. It is called the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I blogged about it last year and I have re-posted it here:

Listed below are just some of the things a Magic Eraser will do to help you in keeping a clean home:

>remove dried paint from door hinges

>remove tarnish from silver

>remove mold & mildew from anything plastic

>clean & polish gold jewelry

>remove soap scum in the tub and shower

>remove marks on walls

>clean splatters inside the microwave

>remove marks on vinyl siding

>clean mirrors in the bathroom (keeps shower mirrors from fogging)

>remove adhesive residue after removing stickers

>remove waterline mark around the pool

>remove black scuff marks from baseboards (where the vacuum cleaner hits)

>clean the outdoor side of window sills stained from leaves, dust and dirt

>clean plastic coolers inside and out (...even dirty grimey ones used by men with greasy hands!) >remove rust spots & stains on countertop

>remove cooked-on stains in pots and pans

>clean within the grooves of lawn ornaments

>clean sticky/dusty range hood over the stove

>remove nail polish spills or stains

>clean oven shelves & the grates on the grill

>remove toothpaste splashes from bathroom mirrors

>remove melted plastic on the side of the toaster oven

>remove grimey green algae from cement (bird baths, steps, ponds, etc)

>remove green mildew from siding and gutters

>remove paint spills & oversprays

>remove toilet bowl rings (just cut a piece off & let it set in your toilet overnight)

>remove built-up algae, water deposits, etc from ceramic flower pots

>clean dish drainers that are gunked with lime and build-up

>remove bird poop from concrete bird bath

>remove coffee & tea stains that remain inside a mug, caraffe, thermos even after washing

>clean the plastic agitator inside your washing machine

>clean window screens (even when they are still in the window)

>clean inside the crock pot

>clean & shine things up before you sell them in a yard sale

>clean boat & outdoor furniture upholstery

>clean car tires, including white walls

>clean pebbled surfaces like the outside of plastic coolers

>remove pet & child vomit from carpet or clothing

>remove scuff marks on motorcycle & ATV helmets

>remove grass stains from shoes after mowing the lawn

>remove scuff marks from hangers/shoes in the walk-in closet

>clean oven door

>remove pollen from patio furniture, cars, etc.

>remove soap scum and gunk from around the bathroom faucets

>remove hairspray build-up on countertops and vanities

>clean stained caulking along the kitchen sink & countertop

>remove paint overspray that has dried

>remove shoe marks from the kickplate of house doors & car doors

>clean inside your car (along the handles, window ledge, arm rests, dashboard)

>remove stains on leather seats, purses, chairs, etc.

>remove food stains inside plastic food containers

>remove brake dust from tire rims

>remove nail polish from walls, carpets, wooden objects, plastic

>remove soil or scuff marks from ceramic tile flooring

>clean & shine bathroom faucets & fixtures

>remove magic marker, permanent marker, and ballpoint ink from virtually any surface

>clean textured handles on major appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, stove)

>remove fingerprints and dirt on light-colored kitchen cupboards

>clean inside of the refrigerator

>remove crayon marks from walls

>remove dirt from plastic trash cans

>remove dark paint on light-colored carpet

>clean white porch railings, columns & pillars

>remove bugs from car windshield, grille, and bumper

>remove paint scratches on your car from minor fender benders

>remove finger prints & build-up on the keyboard and mouse

>remove tar from your car's paint

>remove set-in stains inside glass and plastic pitchers

>clean kids' plastic toys

>remove dirt and grime from athletic shoes and shoes with leather uppers

>remove stains on the underside of the toilet seat

>remove fingerprint & handprints from light-colored doors & walls

>remove scuff marks from your patio furniture

If you have never tried a Magic Eraser, now is the time! They are only a couple of bucks for a pack of two. If you have used the Magic Eraser, what has it done for you?

Now, before you feel the need to get your chores done, sweep on over to Lil' Mouse to see what the other participants are sharing!


Pamela said...

It does all that. I suppose you can't just set by the chore just like you set it in the toilet bowl.

I must try that -- the toilet ring trick. We have hard water.

You know... I got anxiety reading that list. ha ha ha ha

Faye said...

Oh, thanks for the closeup of my favorite Hairball Cooper! Question: do you like your Mr. Clean Magic? :-)

Jill said...

Have you tried all these or is it just a list? I'd love to know if the toilet one really works? We have had a lot of water issues in this place and our landlady wont fix things. WE told her the bath was broken about 4 months ago, but the shower still works and she said she'd get to it. Hubs finally bought the piece and fixed it 2 weeks ago and we can fill our baby's bath normally now. What a pain. Anyway, the chlorine things you put in the back of a toilet tank kill the little plastic ring that keeps a toilet flushing properly? so if you use those, which are GREAT otherwise, well, you have a lot of water bills from a constantly flushing toilet.I'd love to know if the magic eraser has been tried by you! One thing I did NOT see on your list was scrubbing the lid of your kitchen trash can that gets grimy from food stuff/coffee grounds, etc. Ours new a mr clean eraser like BADLY right now! I'll have to put it on my list! Thanks for playing!

Jill said...

Hm, ours needs a a mr clean eraser, not new!

Janis said...

You didnt mention if Mr Magic eraser vacums for you! LOL... I have only used magic eraser to get scuff marks off and it does a nice job. That is quite the list for something that is so cheap!

quilly said...

I think you just sold me a magic eraser!

Gattina said...

I have the same ideas about a clean house, and vacuum for this cute doggie must be fun !
The Magic Eraser is perfect, I hope it comes along with a "removing" person, lol !

Deborah Ann said...

Wow, that really is a miracle worker! My own cleaning problem is I'm a surface cleaner. I wait way too long in-between hard-core cleaning.

margaret said...

Hello my friend! First off - I really do think we may be twins. If I weren't already married, I would elope with Mr.Clean and the Magic Erasers...because there is NOTHING that they cannot fix. (Except the world. In which case I'd need to ask if FW could come over. Awesome world-fixing and Honey-Do list, btw.)

And your (gorgeous) dog is named Cooper? That name has been in my Top Five list for my (future) dog for, well, forever. (Yes, I come up with names for pets I don't have yet. On an unrelated note, why are the windows all stripy in here, and why is this jacket so tight?)

And don't worry about dog hair in the house. I have a refrigerator magnet that says "No outfit is complete without cat hair." And that is so true. Plus, as I would say to anyone who dared complain about fur or feathers in my house: The animals live here, sunshine, and you don't! So there ;-)

Anyway - I have now missed TWO, count 'em, TWO fabulous FM topics. I have to get my head back in the game. I loved reading your answers - thank you and Happy FM to you!

gayle said...

I hate to scrub floors and dust...
wow magic eraser does tons

Oh I can't figure out how to follow Lil Mouse any suggestions!!

wendishness said...

That's me...neat freak!!! hahaha too funny! Great post, love the magic eraser!

Hula Girl at Heart said...

I would vaccum daily for that dog, too. He's adorable.

The reason we bought a miniature schnauzer was because he doesn't shed. Then we inherited a cat. Oh well.

Tracy said...

Mr. Magic is wonderful. I have a little artist at home who loves to draw grafetti on my walls but with the help from Mr. Magic, my walls stay clean.

Unknown said...

Magic Erasers are the best! I need to try some of what you listed.

♥Emma, of It's Emma Elise


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