At Halloween, I bought a bunch of decorative gourds and tiny little pumpkins. These things are practically indestructible so I have had them strewn about my kitchen and dining room ever since. One of them started looking a tiny bit suspicious, so I checked them all.
One on my wooden dining room table that looked perfect from the top was totally stuck on with gross pumpkin mold and goo and stuff. So far I've thrown away the rest of the pumpkins and gently scraped off of the worst of the gunk, but there's still some gross stuff on there and a dark stain underneath. It is solid wood [...]
Are we doing Year of the Clean Person? Surely I can start with Day of the Clean Desk? I cleaned mine off really well on Saturday, but it's already wearing a light layer of cups and pens and headphones and Kleenex and keys and lighters and sandwich crumbs. Jolie Kerr, perpetual light in the filthy, filthy darkness, suggests an office-cleaning toolkit:
- A tube of pre-moistened wipes
- Canned air
- Isopropyl alcohol
- A chamois or other soft cloth for cleaning electronics
- A small bottle of dish soap and a quick-dry sponge for cleaning up spills on clothing, upholstery or carpet
Yes. I can do that. Canned [...]
Happy just-about-holidays, everyone! Here we are, facing another holiday season full of potential cleaning disasters. But this year we're getting a jump on things so you can be PREPARED. In the spirit of preparation, a festive reminder for you that topics covered last year included Menorah wax, massive butter spills in the kitchen, frosting on fabric, pine sap on everything, stains on ties, and barf on green corduroy party shorts.
Here's to hoping your green party shorts remain barf-free this holiday season!
1. This is a sort of MacGyver question. The holidays are loaded with unexpected visitors — here’s a scenario: You’re at home. Someone calls and says, “I [...]