Removing Soap Scum From My Shower Without Chemicals (In Four Short Weeks)

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It’s Earth Day.

We’re not doing anything to celebrate, but I thought it was a good day to write this post that has come to mind at least once a day for the past few weeks.

It comes to mind while I’m in the shower.

I could have titled it: Why I Keep a Giftcard in My Shower.

Because keeping one in there (a used-up one) reminds me to do a little scraping each time I take a shower.

As I shared on the Home Depot site recently, you can scrape off soap scum with a plastic gift card. In case anyone was under the impression that I share cleaning tips because I’m awesome, this should explain that I share them because I need them.

I need tricks to help me remove soap scum that’s gotten out of hand. Soap scum that escaped my Slob Vision for way too long. Soap scum in a shower that I chose to delete from my bathroom cleaning list too many times.

Oh, the four short weeks part? It’s a joke. Not a joke because it isn’t true, but a joke because four weeks isn’t short.

But a minute or two of somehow-extremely-satisfying scraping each day while taking a shower is short.

Way shorter than the hour-or-so it would take to get it all done at once.

Oh, and if you put off cleaning your shower because you don’t like getting your clothes wet, try this.



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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