Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cleanliness is the new Godliness

I've been a little blue lately. When the usual tricks such as a new Elle Decor, milkshakes, flowers, and baking don't do the trick, I'm left with compulsive cleaning. This is different from the everyday cleaning. This involves some sort of purging of old crap, and possibly ironing socks and underwear.

Here's my top ten random cleaning tips, from years of compulsive cleaning.

1. If you don't already own a steam mop, buy one. They are a necessity. If you do have one, I recommend a few drop of essential oil on the cloth before beginning. It will diffuse an amazing fresh smell while you mop away. Favourites are Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit and Unwind from Saje.

2. Stainless steel is sparkling with baby oil. This also smells good. It was a random tip I discovered on line and it works like a charm!!

3. Time yourself. I found this via It's a great idea if you are de cluttering. I don't really have much clutter, but I use the timer for resorting closets. It makes it short, sweet, and bearable.

4. The bedroom should always be dust free. Since we spend 8-10hours a night breathing in there, it's important that it's clean. I dust mine a few times a week, especially if you have a wood framed bed!! Old socks are great for hard to dust places. Just throw one on like a mitt and start dusting away.

5. The sink is the dirtiest place in the Kitchen. It should be disinfected every night.

6. An easy cleaning tip for the bathroom is simply to keep the toilet lid down. When you flush little pieces of urine and faeces fly up and get on the floor, counters, towels. Truly disgusting. If you keep the lid down you never need to worry if the towel you've wrapped yourself in is covered with yesterdays deposits.

7. Toothbrushes can also be run through the dishwasher once a week for a good cleaning, or disinfected in a glass of mouth wash for a day.

8. Baking soda and vinegar clean almost anything!

9. Vinegar and old news paper do an amazing job on windows!!

10. For scuff marks on linoleum use toothpaste.

There you have it! My cleaning tips extraordinaire. Amazingly after scrubbing my house from top to bottom, I feel a bit better. There's nothing like chilling out in a sparkling condo that smells like jasmine and roses. Om....


  1. Thanks for the tips. My aunt recently told me I should buy a steam mop.

    I have to say that you make me feel a like a slacker though - sinks every night and dusting more than once a week in the bedroom? Whoa, okay I'll try :)

  2. Yikes, I am SO far behind you on this continuum. I'm just worried about getting the dinner dishes done and the floor vacuumed once a week...I don't think my bedroom has seen a dust cloth in almost three weeks!

    When I'm down or stressed, the very LAST thing I want to do is clean...I'd any day sooner find my stress reliever to be found in the pages of a book, or in the comfort of writing words on paper...well, computer.

    I DO, however, close my toilet lids. I heard similar things years ago about the stuff that flies into the air, and we've been closing our lids for about 15 years.

    Thanks for the other tips. Now if I can just GET to them...


  3. My grammar wasn't the greatest in my post of a few moments ago...I did NOT mean to imply that I only do my dinner dishes once a week...that I try to get to on a daily basis!


  4. Well, my first thought of the day this morning upon waking up was that "oh good - I, too, clean and antibac my kitchen sink pretty much every day."

    If this was my waking thought, makes me wonder what I was dreaming about...probably my not-so-clean REST of the house!



  5. That's hilarious!!

    My first thought was if I had a maid I would have them iron my sheets everyday... I love crawling into freshly washed ironed sheets, but they never look the same after one sleep...

    As soon as I become a millionaire that will be my first request.

    The toilet lid thing is a big thing!! So gross.... I've also heard if everyone washed their hands each time they come in the house it cuts down on flu's by 80%. I even make our guests disinfect!

  6. Ah HAH!!! I can identify another thing that I do well. Every time (every SINGLE time) we come into the house, we wash our hands with soap. My parents and siblings (and their kids) also know without being asked that the first place they head when coming into our house is to the powder scrub their hands!

    BTW, if you win a million bucks, maybe you could fork-out about $10,000 to pay for a house cleaner for me for the next decade or so!


  7. Thanks so much for these tips!
    I am feeling inspired!

    I will have to go and find out what a steam mop is, but I'm pretty sure I need one.

    The toilet info was truly horrifying!


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