Today, believe it or not is Groundhog Day! Yes, it’s actually one month into 2016 and we’ve hopefully all heard the good news by now! Punxsutawney Phil, Gobbler’s Knob’s most famous groundhog (and probably the world’s most famous), did NOT see his shadow this morning, meaning Spring surely to come early this year. This is a bit hard to believe however that the Winter season will not continue on with 6 more weeks, considering the Phil’s onlookers waited for hours in the 22 degree Pennsylvania cold. Even in San Diego, citizens awoke to a crisp 34 degrees this morning.
Regardless of the inconsistencies, we will trust our ole woodchuck bud in good faith and prepare for the balmy weather. And with Spring just around the corner here are a few tips to prime you for a much speedier Spring Cleaning. With the way this year is already flying by, it may be a great idea to get a head start on your disorganized garage you promised yourself you’d tackle, after throwing the Christmas lights into its black abyss under the spell of a vicious blackout food coma.
Baths, showers, and jacuzzis are a day of work on their own, so let’s start small with the simplest of tasks, the showerhead. This trick should work for all showerheads, including detachable ones. You will simply need vinegar, a plastic sandwich baggie, and a rubber band. Fill the baggie with vinegar and place over the showerhead. (Make sure the fixture is completely submerged). Wrap the rubberband, (a hair tie will work just a well), around the baggie, making sure it is secure and will not slip off. Leave the baggie to soak the showerhead overnight. The next morning can take the baggie off and easily scrub off the leftover sediment, if any!
With that chore set, you can move on to your next time saver.
Before you bust out the laundry and starches, plug in your iron and take a good look at your carpet. With a bit of care and skill, an iron can actually be used to remove some stains.
First, prepare a solution of three parts water and one part vinegar. Then we would recommend you vacuum your carpets to remove any solids and then dampen your worrisome stains or spots with your vinegar mixture. Once dampened, leave your moistened towel flat over the stain and use the iron to heat the towel. You should be able to see that the stain has begun to lift. Move to the next spot after the stain has been completely lifted or appears to be removed as much as possible.
NOTE: If you are feeling speedy, you may be able to prepare this next cleaning solution while the iron heats up.
If you have not cleaned your microwave in a while, especially after little Corey and Harris’ New Year’s Eve experiment with fireworks, it’s about time to give the zapper some much needed attention. Try our method of steam cleaning.
What you’ll need is ½ cup water, ½ cup vinegar (notice a common ingredient), a sponge, a microwave-safe bowl, and a wooden stir stick.
- Mix together the water and vinegar into your bowl.
- Place the stir stick into the mixture. This step is actually more of a safety prevention than a cleaning tool. Since the stir stick is not smooth like the side of the bowl, bubbles will be able to form allowing for the mixture to boil. Without the micro rigidity of the stick, bubbles would not be able to form and could eventually explode when moved.
- Place the bowl, mixture, and stir stick into the microwave and heat for about five to ten minutes.
- When the time is up, do not open the microwave. Let the mixture sit inside for a few more minutes, and more steam develop.
- After waiting a bit, take out the mixture and bowl with some oven mitts. Next, dip the sponge into the mixture and scrub off any gunk inside. With a few quick swipes, most of the gunk and leftover meat mysteries should clean off.
So there you have it, 3 tips to get you started for a much needed and hopefully strategic Spring Cleaning!
NOTE: Hopefully there was never an issue with the microwave and little Corey and Harris’ New Year’s Eve experiment. As much as vinegar appeared to be a super kryptonite to gunk and grime, we think this may be a task too hard to wrestle. It might just be time to make long overdue goodbye and maybe part ways with this obsolete wedding gift, and head over to Sears.