Tag Archive | cleaning

Giving multi-purpose a new definition

When it comes to keeping up on our homes, we will try just about anything to make it easier and perfect. I have found a few tips and tricks using items not exactly designed for cleaning useful. Here is a list of many items in your home that can function as amazing cleaning agents.

Fabric softener sheets:

I keep a box downstairs and upstairs. Obviously they are great in the laundry but sticking one at the bottom of you kitchen trash bin keeps it smelling fresh, just change it out every time you take out the garbage. For really stuck on, burnt on food on stainless steel or glass cookware, boil some water, place a fabric softener sheet in the pan and pour the water over it. let it soak over night and the mess wipes out easily. In the bathroom, keep a sheet in the trash bin. Linen closets stay fresh when a sheet it placed in there as well. Bedroom closets and dressers also stay fresh with a sheet in the drawers and on the shelves. Swipe a sheet over lamp shades to collect dust and freshen the material.

*It doesn’t have to be name brand sheets, just something that smells great.*


Crayon and pencil marks on the walls come up fast with a bit of white toothpaste (not gel) and a little bit of scrubbing with an old toothbrush. Polish the handles on the tap with some toothpaste and an old brush, rinse well and they are sparkling. Also serves as an excellent jewelry cleaner.

Powdered laundry soap:

This works really well when cleaning a bathtub, a small cheap box goes a long way and can get rid of soap scum amazingly well. Also brightens up stainless steel kitchen sinks.


There you have it. Toothpaste, fabric softener and powdered laundry soap has more uses around the house than a lot of people think. Thanks for allowing me to share!


deep cleaning your kitchen


Taken from the same book as my bathroom list, Darlene provides an excellent kitchen deep clean that you can break up over a few days or take a few hours and get it done in one day like i tend to do. I also use many of these same steps in my weekly/daily cleaning routine. the kitchen and the bathroom are the 2 rooms in any house that should be kept up on religiously. so here we go straight from Darlene: deep clean your kitchen


1. Empty cupboards and place items on table or counter tops. and give each cupboard a good cleaning out with soapy water and a rag and then wipe dry. also grab a stool and wash the tops of the cupboards if there is space between them and the ceiling.

2. take a look at everything you have and decide what can be tossed, what expired (seasonings tend to be kept longer than anything else) and any dishes that can be donated. Other big items like punch bowls or seasonal dishes should be boxed up and moved into a storage closet, basement or garage. they take up space and are not used that often.

3. organize and move all the items back to the cupboards


1. again, empty the contents onto the table or counter. use the hose of your vacuum to clean out any dust, crumbs or debris (i do this once to twice a week) wipe out each drawer with a damp soapy cloth then wipe dry. again look at everything and see what can be tossed. wash out the organizer that you keep your silverware in

2. put everything back in

Fridge and pantry:

Again, i do this once to twice a week too, but go with whatever works for you.

1. fill a clean bucket with warm soapy water and set aside

2. empty the fridge completely and wipe down all shelves, remove any that can be taken out and give it a good wash in the sink, especially the crisper drawers.

3. toss out any expired food and wipe down the jugs and jars and place them back in the fridge. (any dishes that came from the fridge can be tossed in the dishwasher or put in a hot soapy sink to be washed)

4. clear any clutter off the top of the fridge and give it a good wiping down.

5. remove everything from the pantry and wipe down the shelves with a soapy rag and dry. toss out anything you do not need and re-package anything that needs to be. ( i love my tupperware food savers, i use them for rice, noodles, cereal, chips ect.) place items back neatly. sweep and mop the pantry floor when done.

Stove and small appliances:

1. remove any removable parts including the door to make reaching in easier. put knobs and grease catchers (the little metal bowl things that are under the burner) in a sink of warm soapy water.

2. boil a bit of water in the microwave and pour a small puddle on the top of the stove, cover with a rag in places that have tough stains. and let sit until the rag is cool, the stains wipe right up. after that, i usually open the top of my stove and wipe that out really really good.

3. *if you dont have a self cleaning oven* take out oven racks and spray oven with whatever cleaner you use for that and let it soak in for an hour (CM break works well in this time lol) when time is up, wipe it out but get a bucket of water and a few unused rags and rinse the oven with that really good.

4. wash the knobs and stove wells and put the stove back together. clean the oven door since it has been removed really good. if you have a glass window for it, spray window cleaner on it, let it sit for a while and wipe and rinse it well.

5. remove the drawer from under the stove and empty it. vacuum and wash it out, replace items and put it back. then wipe down the range fan

6. fill a glass bowl with water add 1/4 c of vinegar to it and stick it in the micro for 3 minutes, enough to steam the inside. wipe it down  really good. take the microwave plate and put it in the dishwasher if yours is removable. wipe the exterior with a damp cloth.

7. dump toaster crumbs in trash and wipe it down with warm water, vacuum loose crumbs from counter and floor. wipe down all other small appliances with soapy water and run a pot of vinegar thru coffee pot (one pot vinegar 4 pots water)

floors, counter tops, exterior surfaces:

1. pull out your fridge and sweep behind it. vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge as well and wipe down the walls behind the fridge. Mop that area well with hot water and a bit of vinegar. while the fridge is out i normally wipe the sides of it down that i cant normally reach. Repeat for the stove. move back into place

2. look at your counters and see what you don’t need and toss. wash counter tops with hot water and vinegar. use a bit of powdered dish washing soap in a damp cloth for tough stains.

3. *i use Murphy’s wood oil soap but dish soap can be fine too.* wash down the outside of your cupboards and drawers really well. then using hot soapy water, wipe down the walls of the kitchen. dust any wall hangings with a damp cloth too. and give your table and chairs a really good wipe down. wipe down light switches and door knobs too

4. wash your kitchen curtains and rugs and clean your windows, window tracks and the window sill.

5. using window cleaner or vinegar and water wash the exterior of the fridge, stove & dishwasher

6. sweep up the floor and mop with hot water and vinegar or a bit of pinesol.

*for those with a self clean oven- vacuum any debri you see in your oven and set it. when it is done and COOL vacuum again and then wipe out with water.*

Darlene added this in her book

A kitchen prayer

thank god for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell; while others may go hungry we’re eating very well. with home, health and happiness, I shouldn’t want to fuss, by the stack of evidence, god’s been very good to us. (or whatever higher power or lack there of you believe in lol)

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

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!