deep cleaning your bathroom

The bathroom is one of the dirtiest places in a home. This is especially true for those of us with little boys! I clean my bathroom daily but once a week I like to get in there and do a nice deep clean.

I purchased a book on my kindle called “The Good Wife’s Guide: Embracing Your Role As Help Meet” by Darlene Schacht. I understand that in today’s society the whole help meet and traditional marital roles are tossed aside and seen as something outdated and even wrong. I disagree with this and I thoroughly enjoy being my husbands help meet.

This list was taken straight from Darlene’s book…in the book it is 53 steps, for the sake of my fingers, I combined a few steps to make the list shorter. This can be done easily in an hour or two depending on the size of you bathroom or the number of bathrooms in your home. A nice deep clean and a daily touch up should keep your bathroom a healthy & beautiful place in your home.

1. the night before you deep clean, decide if you need a new shower liner, toothbrushes, toothbrush holder and/or soap dispenser.

2. when you are ready to get started, grab all of your towels that are in there and toss them in a basket

3. pull up your bath rugs and either shake them outside or toss them in the basket with the towels to be washed

4. remove shower curtain and liner and any window hangings and toss in basket. take it down to the laundry and start a load if you cant wash your liner in the wash, set aside to be handwashed later

5. bring a basket into the bathroom to store bottles while you work remove all soap and shampoo and other things from the shower, vanity and window sill, stick it in the basket and move it to the hall so you have room

6. spray bathroom cleaner on the walls of your shower or apply cleanser to a scrub brush ..Darlene mentions using powdered laundry soap instead of comet..i’ve never tried it.  put on a pair of slippers or soft soled shoes and hop in the shower. using the scrub brush, scrub the shower walls. use the brush to get the shower head. Use a small toothbrush (old one of course) to clean aroung the tap handles and shower head joints.

7. if you have mold, mix 1 tablespoon of bleach into a bottle and spray it AFTER you rinse the tub, or you can either die or cause a chemical reaction that can ruin the tub.

8. make sure you get all the built in soap dishes and if you have a caddy that too. scrub it really good. Once the entire shower area has been scrubbed, rinse. with a removable shower head or a wet cloth

9. get out of the shower and start with the tub now. *open a window or a vent if you havent already* spray the tub with the cleaner or sprinkle cleanser into it. use the brush and scrub the tub sides and bottom really good. *darlene says even if you dont see dirt, its there* scrub down rim of the tub too. ppull hair from the drain if you see it in there.  use the toothbrush to to polish the drain.

10. rinse the tub really well using a jug of water and a damp cloth. polish any shiny surfaces with a paper towel.

11. spray the cleaning solution in the toliet and around the interior of the bowl. Lift the seat and spray the underside of it too. using a toliet brush, scrub all areas of the toliet that you sprayed. flush and lower the seat. using a damp cloth with a bit of cleaner on it, wipe down the seat, tank and top of the toliet. make sure you clean behind the seat really well (this isnt in the book, but i use a Qtip to get into the crevices behind the seat)

12. rinse the cloth and spray the exterior of the toliet including the base. wipe it clean . make sure you reach behind the toliet to get the back of it. a lot of dust, hair and other gross things get back there easily. scrub the floor around the toliet too. grab some paper towels and wipe down the base again to make sure you got every thing

13. pull a chair and wipe down the light fixtures and wall/ceiling vents with a damp cloth. wipe down the top of the medicine cabinet.

14. spray the basin of the sink and the taps with solution or again use the powdered cleanser.  using the brush you used in the shower, scrub the basin and the counter. use the old truthbrush and scrub the handles and behind the tap (again, i use a qtip back there, sometime the brush misses the small crevices)  rinse the sink and use a wet cloth to wipe down the counter and tap.

15. using either window cleaner or a vinegar and water solution, spray the mirror and wipe it down really good. if you have a wind in your bathroom, clean that as well. make sure to get the inside tracks and the window sill..

16. you should probably switch loads of laundry now, or you might forget lol

17. pull the basket in from the hall and toss out any empty bottles. wipe down any that are sticky or dusty and put them back in its place. replace your soap dish /dispenser and toothbrush holder too.

18. now open up you medicine cabinet, under your sink and any other cupboards you have in there and put everything in the basket, again, put it in the hall

19.with a damp cloth wipe down the interior shelves, and the exterior too. go thru your contents in the basket and see what can be tossed. if you have a ton of make up brushes and liners, find a mug to put them in so they arent all over the place. replace the items neatly. (this is for medicine cabinet, under the sink and the other shelves you have)

20.head back to the laundry room and see if your towels and mats are dry, fold them up and set aside for now. If you have the plastic liner that couldnt go into the washer, put it in a sink of hot water and a little bleach (or vinegar and dish soap) for about 20 minutes. head back up to the bathroom and hang up your window curtains and your shower curtain.

21.using a damp cloth, wipe down the outside of the vanity cabinet, the towel rack, toliet paper holder, light switch, door handle and door frame.

22. get a mop and a pail of HOT water and wipe down the floor. use a bit of floor cleaner to get the scent in the air.

23. return to the kitchen and scrub the plastic liner and rinse with warm water squeeze out excess water and hang it back up. put you rugs back into place and hang a towel on the rack

24. after all that, i take a bit of window cleaner to the taps and shiny surfaces and give it a quick polish.

There you have it!  A super clean bathroom that you will now want to banish any and all boys from! lol. I have more lists that I will post soon. I have a kitchen, bedroom, closet and living room deep cleaning list.

As always, thanks for reading and allowing me to share

Slow cooker peppered steak

peppered steak over rice with bread and a salad. it is a hearty, hot meal that will win over any critic

peppered steak over rice with bread and a salad. it is a hearty, hot meal that will win over any critic

I absolutely love this time of year. The chill in the air, the snow that falls lightly dusting everything with a soft blanket of white. Christmas is right around the corner so the little ones are always super excited. In my home, the house smells like pine and apple cinnamon.

2 lbs. stew meat                                          2 beef bouillon cubes

1 bell pepper, chopped                              2 Tbs. cornstarch

1 med. onion chopped                               1 Tbs. soy sauce

2 carrots, chopped                                      garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste

1 can stewed tomatoes

In a 2 cup measuring cup, place the bouillon cubes in 2 cups boiling water and set aside.

Place uncooked meat in crock pot and set on low, add in peppers, onions and carrots. Add in your undrained can of stewed tomatoes (juice and all).  Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add in your soy sauce

The boullion should be dissolved by now, at this time you add the cornstarch and mix well with a fork. It should be thick, if not add a little more cornstarch until it is the consistancy of a gravy. Pour that over beef and veggies in the pot. stir it up, cover it and forget it until supper. Usually 6-8 hours on Low, 3-5 on high.

Hope your family enjoys this dinner as much as mine does.

christmas craft for kids

Today I plan on making ornaments with my little ones that they can give as gifts. I’ll have to upload a photo when we are all done. These ornaments are called cookie dough ornaments because thats basically how you make them lol. Super easy and fun and you only need a few things that most have on hand anyways. Here is the recipe for the dough:

1 cup of flour

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of salt

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of HOT tap water

Combine the the flour and salt in a mixing bowl then slowly add the water kneading it as you would with bread dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes.

Roll out and use cookie cutters to form desired shapes and let dry and harden. This will take 1-5 days depending on the thickness of the dough.  I try for 1/4 inch thick. Make sure that you use a knife to create a hole on top for a ribbon.

When your shapes are all dry and set, let the kids paint them however they like. Then tie a ribbon on top so it can hang on the tree.

Kids can give these out as gifts to loved ones, afterall who doesn’t cherish a homemade gift made from the heart of a child. Have fun making them!

 

My first blog!

I am excited lol! I have always loved to write and I have always wanted a blog but never knew where to start. Thanks to a helpful reply on a post I made on a mom forum I finally have my blog. 

So, what is this blog going to be about? Well, take a peek at the name of the blog site lol. I am an imperfect Stepford wife. I live to care for my family, home, children and those that come to visit. I will include tips for cleaning, cooking, baking and crafts. I really hope that you will enjoy them!

Thanks so much for reading and if you follow, thanks so much for that as well. I will try and post a new entry as often as I can!