How to Use Reusable Cloths to Clean the Bathroom Without Being Gross

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I’m all for green cleaning. Really.

Is it bad to admit, though, that my cheapness is more of a motivator than my sense of activism and earthiness?

Oh. It is bad to admit? OK. Then I’m not admitting anything.

I was just asking hypothetically.

One of the biggest draws of disposable cleaning products (wipes and paper towels) is that I can throw germs in the trash and never see them again. (Not that you can see germs, but in my imagination I can.)

Also, on my Bathroom Cleaning Chart for Kids, I make a BIG deal about using a new wipe on different parts of the bathroom. I can’t bear the thought of someone “cleaning” the sink and faucet with a rag that just cleaned the potty.

The potty used by . . . boys.


So here’s my new trick.

I used a permanent marker to label the microfiber cleaning cloths so ANYone (anyone who can read, at least) knows exactly where it’s okay to use that cloth.



How to Dust Kitchen Kitsch – Easy Spring Cleaning Tasks

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Oh how I love that word. Along with tchotchke. (Which my spell-check says isn’t a word but Wikipedia says is.)

I first heard and said “kitsch” in an audition monologue I used to do in college. In case you’re not familiar with these lovely words, they basically mean . . . stuff.

Baubles. Display items.


I don’t have tons of dustables (on purpose) but I do have a rather lovely collection of blue glass kitsch. (Which isn’t really kitsch since kitsch technically means distasteful or hokey. I just like saying kitsch. Can you tell how much I like that word? Kitsch?)

Anyway . . . stuff in the kitchen gets the worst kind of dust. It gets greasy dust. Which can’t be gently brushed away with a feather duster while dancing through the kitchen. Not that I use a feather duster.

So to dust kitchen items, I run anything that’s dishwasher safe through the dishwasher. I know. So insanely simple, right? So obvious, right? Except that it took me a while to realize it. So I’m sharing.

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It’s not perfect.

My kitsch could have been even shinier if I had hand-washed, and I wouldn’t do this with hand-painted, not-safe-for-the-dishwasher stuff, but I was able to run one little extra load and have my kitchen display area (which I despise dealing with due to its insanely-hard-to-get-to location) look significantly better.

That’s my kind of spring cleaning.


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Washing Curtains – Spring Cleaning a Little at a Time

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The idea of Spring Cleaning used to send me into a funk.

I could not see the point.

The corners and rugs and shelves that were begging to be deep-cleaned would have had to be unearthed first. Decluttered.

I would stick my fingers in my ears and close my eyes and sing gibberish until the season passed.

Not really. But almost.

But now that a large portion of the house is consistently livable (we’re pretending the master bedroom doesn’t exist, K?), my psyche is more open to tackling long-ignored issues brought to light by the spring sunshine.

Like this dusty curtain.

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I doubt the dustiness was sudden, but it seemed sudden. As in, I hadn’t noticed starting-to-get-dusty, or a-little-dusty or even just-plain-dusty.

I never even saw it until it was oh-my-word-how-did-it-get-that-dusty-dusty.

Having a laundry routine means laundry no longer overwhelms me. Laundry no longer overwhelming me keeps me from stamping my foot or blinking back tears at the thought of running a non-essential (translated: non underwear-containing) load.

So I climbed up on a sturdy chair and took that blue curtain down.

I stuck the curtain in the washing machine. I did check (though I was going to risk it anyway) to see that the tags said it was totally washable. Once the blue drapey-thingy-part was washed, I sighed deeply (a sigh of the martyr-ish-type) and decided to also wash the white hangy-downy-part as well.

That part? Oh, I’d noticed the smudges and splatters and chocolate handprints before. I’d just successfully ignored it.

I smiled into the darkness in case any neighbors happened to look into my now WIDE OPEN FOR THE WORLD TO SEE dining room. And I tried not to make too much of a grunty-face when climbing down from the chair. Sucking in my stomach, I walked gracefully out of the dining room.

I washed it, and then I hung (or hanged? I so don’t care) it right back up in its home to just dry right there. Yay for curtains that are supposed to be wrinkly.

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And those curtains look so much better. And I feel so much better.

Even though no one else has noticed. Even after I strongly encouraged them to notice.

I’m going to look for other a-little-at-a-time spring cleaning projects. How about you?


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Use the code SPRING14 (no code needed on Amazon). Go here to purchase and/or read more.




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