Are you sure you want to know my secrets? This photo is blurry because I’m such a whirlwind!
Okay. Lavinia over at the Birdbath blog has been
hounding, er begging, er ‘portuning me to reveal if I have any little peccadilloes when it comes to my cleaning habits. We’re not talking personal hygiene ( I won’t get into that – too long and very little falls into the “need-to-know” category). No. We’re talking house hygiene, if you will. She wants to know if I have any weird little practices as I maintain my tidy Hyggehus. (This from someone who washes all bottles, cans and jugs as they come in the door – not just the tops either; she gives them a proper dunking!)
Are you sure you want to know? Well too bad if you don’t (go read Blasts From the Past instead), ‘cause here we go – more of the minutiae of life which for some reason we all seem to have a fascination (look at the Twitter phenomena, if you don’t believe me – by the way I’m “Poetikat47” if you’re looking for me over there).
(above) My cleaning arsenal
Anyhow, here are my oddball (my husband will back me up, I’m certain – wait ’til he sees that photo) habits:
- really don’t like anything left in the kitchen sink (actually, that’s an understatement; I hate it!)
- keep dirty dishes in a grey square bucket on my stove until I wash them
- always soak my burner pans in vinegar and dish soap and line the burners with foil-plates
- use newspapers and vinegar to clean my windows
- let the dishwasher fill up and only run it every other day
- use a sponge with a crushed walnut fiber scrubber on one side (microwave for 2 mins. to kill bacteria)
- love my soap-dispenser brush scrubber for pots and plates.
- clean my can-opener every day with a toothbrush and dish liquid
- don’t use anything toxic – only natural products in the Hyggehus – good for the environment and people too!
- hate to clean my stainless-steel fridge door – it is so tough to get the marks off, but Nature Clean window cleaner does the trick
- have to clean my toaster every week because we love our toast in this house. I always have at least 3 loaves of bread in the freezer or I panic!
- use wood pellets in my cats’ litter boxes and then keep the sawdust to mop up spills (they are old cats and often have “accidents”
- use deep boot trays as secondary litter boxes.
- I got my vacuum cleaner from the neighbour across the street (he put it out for garbage day)
- always wear a mask of bikini panties over my nose and mouth when I empty my Phantom vacuum cleaner.
- collect all the fur I vacuum up to use at my spinning wheel and sell at the local market (*kidding*!)
- Clean the bathtub with a crushed pumice block (a PC grocery product) and a scratchy sponge.
- all my cds and dvds are either boxed or filed in albums with slots for each one; everything is alphabetized – even my books are in alpha order on the shelves.
- I use dollar-store “magic” cleaning cloths and a cut-up pink fleecy hoodie for dusting and cleaning up spills.
- I only buy select-a-size paper toweling
- my house is currently a tip (as the Brits would say) because my sleep has been nightmarish of late
- I live in hope that my husband will help me with the vacuuming and dusting this weekend – he braves it out without the panties!
I challenge Lyn at “Two Ghosts”, Willow at Willow Manor, Anita at Negative Space and Jen at Are You There God, It’s Me, Generation X to confess to your cleaning quirks. Anybody else (male or female) who feels like telling all, go right ahead.