Monday, February 14, 2011

Bleaching: today’s chore


Even though by my title I sound like I started spraying everything with disinfecting bleach I didn’t. Don’t worry. No crazy anti-germ person here. Just a person who is striving for a clean house.


In my real simple books I borrowed from the library I discovered how handy bleach can be from everything to disinfection to just old fashion cleaning!


Today I cleaned my sink. I know, it sounds like a simple task but I used a method found that is what I consider the ultimate cleaning job on your sink!


Here are the step by step instructions:


  1. Take all the dishes out of the sink.
  2. Run some very hot water into the sink. Fill to the rim. Only do one side at a time. Then, pour a cup of household bleach into the hot water. Let it sit for 1 hour. Now, pull the plug with a pair of tongs. If you don't have tongs, then scoop some of the water out of the sink into the other sink and use your hand to pull the plug (wear gloves and don't get the bleach-water on your clothes).
  3. Rinse your sink well.
  4. Use some cleanser (Comet, Ajax, or Baking Soda) and scrub your sink. Ensure you rinse ALL of the cleanser from the sink.
  5. Take a sharp edge and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt out from under your fingernails.
  6. Clean around the faucets too. You may need an old toothbrush or dental floss.
  7. Now, get out your window cleaner, I use Windex, and give it a good shine.
  8. If you still don't like the way it looks, then you could try some car wax. Just know in your heart that you have cleaned it very well now and it doesn't have to be perfect. Our perfectionism is what got us in this situation in the first place.
  9. Every time you run water in your sink, take your clean dishtowel and dry it out (I lay out a clean one, every night with my before bedtime routine). Before you know it, you will be doing this every time you leave your kitchen. The rest of the family will too. No more water spots. You will have a clean and shiny sink.

While letting my sinks soak (I have two in the kitchen) I used water and bleach on the floors, and I used it on my table, and all the dinning room chairs and stools. I had to be sure to rinse it off or it left streaks, never a good thing.gal3-0904-mop-bucket_300

I never thought about the need to clean dinning chairs weekly until I saw this downloadable pages of how a fellow blogger does her house work: Click here to see her daily tasks and her weekly tasks here. It was really neat to see how organized someone was about their week. Oh, and the fact that she has children as well was encouraging!

Well, there was a bit of my day, as well as picking up and laundry and dishes. Always something to do around here, and always wonderful to stay home the whole day with no errands to run!



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