don't be mad

But here is a long list of places we often forget to clean (and cleaning these spots can REALLY make a difference in your home).

  1. All glass wear.  Candle hurricanes, glass sconces, lamp bases, etc.  Because when the sunlight hits, the finger prints and dust show up in seconds.  Don't worry you can put almost everything through the dishwasher.
  2. Dust the top of your door frames.  Get a step stool, damp rag and have at it.
  3. Clean you exterior doors.  Yes, they get very dirty with pollen, finger prints and dust.  Don't use any harsh cleaners.  I use a dry cloth to get the dust off and then a wet rag without cleaner.
  4. Dust your ceiling fans.
  5. Dust your lamp shades.  I need to do this one!
  6. Power wash your exterior cement and concrete surfaces.
  7. Clean all your garbage cans.  You can run the small ones through the dishwasher and the others you can easily was outside using your toilet brush.
  8. Clean all the door knobs in your home.
  9. Wash all your pillows.  You may need to go to a laundry mat.  If you have down pillows make sure you dry them with dryer balls (I use tennis balls) to bring their 'fluff' back.
  10. Spray with an all-purpose cleaner the inside and outside of your washing machine and dryer.
  11. Clean electronics, remote controls, screens (ipads, phones, tv's, comupters) and your computer keyboards.
  12. Clean your outdoor furniture.
  13. And finally clean the filter of your dishwasher.

That should keep you busy.


Pet Peeve

My final post of all things regarding kids hygiene . . . dirty jackets, backpacks and lunch boxes.  It grosses me out so badly, that one time during the height of the flu season I typed up a note explaining to parents that they can and should wash their children's lunch boxes.  Of course it was anonymous because I was too much of a whimp to sign my name.  I guess the school didn't think it was appropriate so they took it down.  :D  I've never told anyone that, not even David!  Anyway, this weekend clean your child's jackets, backpacks and lunch boxes.  And mom's who wear make-up take a peak at the collar of your jackets, is it covered in make-up.  Wash it!  Grab some Oxiclean spray down the collar of jackets, the wrists, the pocket openings, the zipper and any other dirty spots let it sit for an hour and wash on cold.  DO NOT FORGET TO PUT DRYER BALLS IN THE DRYER WITH YOUR DOWN JACKETS!!!  As for lunch boxes, just throw them in the dishwasher.  Yes!  These need to be cleaned.  And backpacks, don't get me started . . . these are the most disgusting of the bunch.  Wash them! OK I'm done yelling at you.  Hugs and Love, Kysa

a few things too clean

These are a few things we clean all the time in our home.  School lunch boxes, backpacks and jackets.  All three can go in the washing machine.  Once a week, if not more I put all three in the wash on the cold cycle.  First I zip up all the zippers (this decreases the chance of them breaking), then I spray all the stains with OxiClean, let it sit for an hour or over-night and wash on the cold cycle.  Some key places to spray OxiClean on their jackets; under the wrists (where all of our children wipe their noses), the zipper especially at the bottom, the pocket zippers, and the collar.  The lunch boxes and backpacks NEVER go in the dryer, so make sure you have enough time for them to air dry before their next use.  Our jackets always go in the dryer, I add three tennis balls to get the fluff back into the jackets. In case you are curious what brand of stuff I buy.  The kids have LL Bean backpacks, Teddy's is about five years old and still works and looks great.  Their lunch boxes vary, we have all sorts of brands.  These fall apart because I wash them so much, I have just accepted it.  However, Murphy just suckered me into buying her this lunch box.  She loves it, I thought it was very expensive.  And lastly, our children wear Patagonia jackets.  Yes, they are a bit expensive, but Patagonia stands behind their clothes, so if I have any issues they will deal with it.  I think David and I will have enough jackets to have a King size comforter made for our bed by the time the twins are ten.  No go throw all those dirty lunch boxes, jackets and backpacks in the wash . . . or have one of your kids do it.

kitchen drawers

It's time to do this again . . . Quick before you leave the house this morning, take ALL the silverware out of your silverware drawer and kitchen utensil drawer.  Get rid of anything you don't use or don't want and donate.  Put the silverware and utensil organizers in the dishwasher, run the dishwasher, spray and wipe out the drawer.  When you get home today, grab the sparkling clean organizers out of the dishwasher, put them back in the drawers, load them back up with silverware and utensils.

Badda-bing-badda-boom . . . you just cleaned out a couple drawers in your kitchen and I bet you barely noticed.  Have a great day!