Monthly Archives: January 2014

How to clean a ceiling fan.

Are you NUTS?!  Yes, I am totally bonkers.

I’m working in my living room this week.  AND I am going against the Flylady way of doing things in small ways.  I have a reason for it though.  I want to get the nagging housework out of the way so I can spend the rest of the week and weekend in my craft room.

We have lived in this house for 11 years.  I’ve given the ceiling fan a swipe with the dust rag from time to time but have not really cleaned it.  I sometimes have a tendency to let my smoke alarm let me know when cooking time is over 😦

The edges of the fan blades are showing the build up of dust and grease.  Dusting is not going to fix this unsightly mess.

Dirty ceiling fan

Dirty ceiling fan

If you are going to attempt to do this task I would recommend the following.

  1. Make sure you are willing to commit the time to do this.
  2. Get all your supplies and tools, which I will show you in this post, together so you don’t have a reason to quit before the job is finished.
  3. Know your physical limitations and honor them.  If you can’t reach above our head for long periods of time, don’t take this job on.  If you can’t go up and down a step ladder multiple times, don’t take this job on.

Okay, have I given you enough reasons to NOT do this job?  I am grossed out by the encrusted dust on the edges of my fan blades.  That is why I am going to take this on.

GROSS!

GROSS!

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES NEEDED:

1.  A Phillips head screwdriver.  Check the screws that hold the fan blade in place.  You might need to have a flat blade screwdriver.  Mine requires a Phillips.

 

Phillips head screwdriver

Phillips head screwdriver

2.  An All Purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.  I’m using my DIY All Purpose cleaner which is 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap and a full bottle of water.  This microfiber cloth was once used in my craft room to clean my rubber stamps.  The ink has stained my cleaning cloth.

 

All Purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth

All Purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth

3.  A step ladder.  You will need this to get the blades off and put them back on again.

 

A step ladder

A step ladder

Yes folks, you are seeing this in actual real time.  Our Christmas tree is still up 😦  In fact, it has been up since 2011 and has not be put away.  If you need to know why it is still up….I might tell you.

Now that you have your supplies and tools gathered.  Let’s get on with the business of taking the blades off the fan.

Get up on the step ladder with the screwdriver and insert the tip in a screw head.  Doesn’t matter where you start.

Remove the screws holding the blade in place

Remove the screws holding the blade in place

Lay the blades out on the floor.  Preferably a distance away from the step ladder so you don’t step on the blades and break them.  Wait, that might be a good excuse to just replace the fan with a new clean one!  Or not.

 

Lay the blades out on the floor

Lay the blades out on the floor

If you are unable to physically get down on the floor and back up, you might consider laying the fan blades out on a table top instead.

After you have removed all the blades, get up just a bit higher and take a look at the top of the fan motor.  It will be dusty up there.  Spray the microfiber cloth with your All Purpose cleaner and give this a good wipe down.  Make sure you don’t saturate the cloth with the liquid cleaner.  Just use a damp cloth.

Clean the top of the fan motor

Clean the top of the fan motor

4.  You will need a bath towel for the next bit.  This is to absorb the liquid run off from the cleaning spray you will be using on the blades themselves.

 

Place a towel under a blade

Place a towel under a blade

Liberally spray the side of the blade facing you with your liquid cleaner.  If it is especially dirty and greasy you might want to let the cleaner sit and do its work first.

Liberally spray the blade

Liberally spray the blade

Using the microfiber cloth scrub the blade surface.  The gunk will come off.  This requires a bit of elbow grease and possibly another shot or two of the cleaner.

Scrub the blade clean

Scrub the blade clean

Once one side is cleaned, then turn it over and do the other side.  Spray and scrub.  Once both sides are clean then work on the blade edges.

Clean the edge of the blade

Clean the edge of the blade

The gunk does come off

The gunk does come off

If you need inspiration to continue…compare the dirty blade to the clean blade.  That does it for me every time.

Compare the before and after

Compare the before and after

After your blades are all clean it is time to get them put back up on the fan.  I took a reference photo as I was taking the blades off.  There are a confusing amount of holes up there for the screws to go back in.  If you don’t take a look at this before and make note of what goes where…..this will take longer.  I made a mental note of the dust and dirt that left a crescent shape behind.

Note where the screws go back to attach the fan blade

Note where the screws go back to attach the fan blade

The crescent shape on my fan is from the metal support.

Location of the metal support

Location of the metal support

I can tell you this.  You won’t need to go to the gym and use the stair master today.  You will be doing a lot of up and down on that step ladder.  Chasing the screw as it falls from the end of the screwdriver or out of the hole.  There are two screws per blade which means multiple opportunities to wonder if you have just totally gone stark raving bonkers.

 

Install the fan blades

Install the fan blades

Now I have a clean fan.  One that looks brand new and I am happy with the results.  This took almost three hours to do – start to finish.

Fan looks like new

Fan looks like new

The only draw back to having done this project.  The clean fan highlights the need to get this room painted.  The calk on the walls left by the builders stands out like beacons.  I’ll tackle that some other day.

The next thing for me to do.  Become best friends of the Swiffer Duster.  Especially  now that this living room is fully cleaned from top to bottom.

 

Make this my new BFF

Make this my new BFF

So…have I given you sufficient cause to nix the idea of cleaning your ceiling fan?  Folks, I’m off to my craft room and you won’t hear from me for several days.  That is unless you check out my other blog – Message In A Fold.

As for Joe and Jim.   They are running around the state of California moving singles (bobtail trucks) distances of 50 to 80 miles with the aid of a rental car.  The two of them have worked out a plan so each of them get to move a truck.  That way both of them get paid for the work they do instead of one getting all the moolah while the other does all the shuttling.  I think I’m having more fun than they are.

Leslie

 

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While in Las Vegas….see the sights.

My two guys have moved the last of the trucks from Phoenix, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada.  They have been told to “hang out” for a while until more work can be found for them in California or Arizona.

The trucks they have been moving have super long frames.  Swift Transportation had been using them for some specialized flat bed trailers.

Phoenix to Las Vegas trucks

Phoenix to Las Vegas trucks

Super long frames

Super long frames

The two guys decided to go downtown Las Vegas to see what they have been missing out on.  Mostly they drove passed the casinos.  Their destination was to see the actual pawn shop that has garnered so much acclaim on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars reality television show.

History Channel's Pawn Stars

History Channel’s Pawn Stars

Pawn Stars Las Vegas, Nevada

Pawn Stars Las Vegas, Nevada

The text message I received, accompanying these photos, was ” What a bummer!”.  If there is one thing that will make my Joe cringe is to see tools in a pawn shop.  I can hear the disappointment in his voice as it bangs around in my head.  “Someone sold the very tools they need to feed their family”.

Jim was not very impressed by the pawn shop either.  Both of these guys have lived a hard working life.  If there is one thing either one of them will tell you is to hold on to your tools.  Sell anything else but keep your tools.  They might be the only thing you have to put food on the table using your skills.

Joe often tells me that pawn shops are a repository of broken dreams.

There is a valid reason for pawn shops to be in business.  One of them is to get a few dollars from the inherited bounty of STUFF one would have to deal with after aging parents have been relocated to nursing homes or they have died and will never need the things of their life again.  Something that meant everything to the parents becomes an albatross the kids have to deal with and don’t want in their homes.

The other side of the pawn shop business in Las Vegas is the fairly ready cash for the gambler that knows this would be the day they win the million dollar jackpot.  The gambler trades a personal object for cash.  Funding another few hours, or a day, at the casino betting on the big win.

Sadly, the only winners in this type of a transaction are the pawn shop owners.  That is a business that is run with one thought in mind.  Buy low and sell high.  Profit margins are considered before the transaction is completed.  You can be sure the pawn shop will make out on the deal if the pawn holder doesn’t came back for the item(s).

If you will be traveling to Las Vegas you might like to drop in at the Pawn Stars shop.  Just to get your picture taken at the famous reality television landmark.  Who knows.  You might just find a steal of a deal inside the shop.  At least you can go back home and tell all your friends and family that you have been inside the famous shop.  Be the talk of your little part of the world.

Leslie


Dust doesn’t take a holiday :/

Before I get into this post I want to tell you about Joe and Jim out in their romp across the highways.

Seems that Joe is wearing Jim out.  Poor Jim…he is at the mercy of Joe and his “I’m driving to get home” attitude.  When a body is not used to the long hours and the constant travel it can wreck havoc on a person and make them feel they are running a marathon.

The two of them picked up trucks in North East, Maryland on January 11th.  The trucks were going to Acompo, California.

They delivered the trucks on January 18th then began a deadhead to Irvine, California to get another set of trucks.

Once they got to Irvine, California on January 20th, they headed to Salt Lake City, Utah to deliver the trucks.

They arrived in Salt Lake City on January 22nd, made their delivery then began the deadhead to Phoenix, Arizona where they will be moving eight trucks to auction in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joe took pity on poor Jim and let him have almost two days to rest up.  While they hung out in Phoenix, after getting their first set of trucks checked out and moved off the property, Jim was left to do whatever he wanted to do.  Joe was going to visit our youngest daughter who lives near Phoenix.  Jim had been invited along to meet her and visit.  I think Jim was just totally ready to be shed of Joe for a while.

Carissa and her husband, Jaime, are pregnant.  WITH TWINS!  They have been married for almost seven years and have had so much difficulty getting pregnant.  Then wham!  They really got pregnant.  She is so beautiful.

Our "Little Mommy"

Our “Little Mommy”

Yesterday, Joe and Jim got in their trucks and delivered them to the auction site in Las Vegas, Nevada and are now making the return trip to Phoenix, Arizona for the next set.

While I have fully retired from truck driving and have the house to myself I am keeping busy.  Playing in my craft room and getting my house cleaned.  Several times while Joe and Jim have been in the pickup together deadheading somewhere Jim will holler out so I can hear him through the cell phone “You can have your job back.  I’ll give it back to you!”  Me…being the kind and caring person I am.  Someone who wouldn’t intentionally hurt anyone’s feelings respond with “Bwahahahahaha.  Fat chance of that!”

This week of cleaning with the Flylady Zones – I am concentrating on my living room.  Yesterday I did my little office area.  I’m going around the room in a clockwise fashion.  I’m only going to deep clean the area to the right of my office.

The area I'm cleaning today

The area I’m cleaning today

If you have a Dyson vacuum cleaner I would totally recommend you get, if you don’t already have it, the Dyson Car Cleaning Kit.  I use this tool to vacuum the upholstered recliners in our living room.

Dyson Car Cleaning Kit

Dyson Car Cleaning Kit

It has a really great small beater attachment.

Attachments

Attachments

It has a coupling device in the box that will allow you to use it with the hose attachment of the Dyson.

Hooked up to the vacuum

Hooked up to the vacuum

I so needed a shower after doing this bit of work.  All the dead skin, dust, and who knows what else has been captured in just this small area.  It is just totally gross.

Yucky!  Gross!!

Yucky! Gross!!

I did find a missing sock which I cleaned Joe’s chair.  It went missing in November and had not been seen since then…until today.

Missing sock found

Missing sock found

The dust has been cleaned up in this area and the sun is brighter!  At least I think it is anyway.

 

So much brighter in here

So much brighter in here

If you need a good deodorizer that is cost effective try putting some vinegar in a spray bottle.  Full strength, don’t dilute it with water.  Spray on the fabrics in the cleaned area.  It will smell like a salad in the room for about an  hour but it goes away.

Put Vinegar in a spray bottle

Put Vinegar in a spray bottle

Just lightly spray the fabric.  You don’t have to make them soaking wet, just mist over the items.

Mist the fabrics

Mist the fabrics

Alright.  That is enough foolishness for one day.  I’m not looking forward to tomorrows portion of the room.  All the book cases :/

Leslie

 

 


The best tutorial you will find on the internet to clean your computer key board. Maybe? Possibly?

THREE WARNINGS BEFORE I PROCEED WITH THE TUTORIAL!

  1. If you are squeamish about nasty dirt then stop right here and click this link to see some “Cats In Love” at Russell Deasley’s blog.  He is Welsh and you will get a lesson in Welsh history on the Isle of Wales.  He won’t leave you wanting.  You will also get a bonus of a top 10 listing of some of the worst pick up lines I’ve ever heard or read.  You also get to see some cute cats.
  2. If you have 10 minutes to work on cleaning your keyboard then See #1 Warning Above.  This will take almost three hours to do.  That includes the one hour of letting the keys dry before you put them back on the keyboard.
  3. This post is photo heavy.  Even more photos than I usually post.  If you have a slow internet connection then let this post load while you See #1 Warning Above.  When this tutorial is finished loading you can come back to it.
  4. Okay, there are 4 WARNINGS instead of 3.  TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR KEYBOARD BEFORE YOU POP THE KEYS OFF!

Seriously, folks.  It is necessary for you to take reference photos before you begin.  It would benefit you greatly if you actually get the flaming photos in focus.  But as long as you have good reference shots.

Far right

Far right

Right of center

Right of center

Center

Center

Left side

Left side

UNPLUG YOUR KEYBOARD FROM THE COMPUTER.  Please make sure you do this before you get involved with the key popping.

Unplug your keyboard

Unplug your keyboard

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED HANDY:

#1:  A flat blade screwdriver.

Flat blade screwdriver

Flat blade screwdriver

#2:  Any vacuum cleaner with a way of getting a brush attachment to suck up the total nasty bits.

Vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaner

#3.  Mild soap and water mix, a microfiber cloth, a toothbrush.

Mile cleaner, microfiber cloth, and toothbrush

Mild cleaner, microfiber cloth, and toothbrush

#4.  Alcohol (Surgical Spirits) in 65% or higher in a spray bottle, and cotton swabs.

Alcohol and cotton swabs

Alcohol and cotton swabs

OR – Lens cleaning wipes.

Lens cleaning wipes

Lens cleaning wipes

DISCLAIMER:  I am not a terrible housekeeper….actually, well never mind…..I have not cleaned this keyboard since I purchased this computer in 2007 or 2008.  I’ve vacuumed the top of the keys and blown canned air to clear away the toast crumbs and other stuff out.  That is as far as it has gone.

This week of January 27, 2014 through January 31, 2014 the Flylady Zone will be the living room.  I am going to get a jump start on it.  My office area is totally filthy.

Dusty office area

Dusty office area

ARE YOU READY?  Are you SURE you are ready?  Okay.  Let’s get this BEST KEYBOARD CLEANING TUTORIAL ON THE INTERNET started.

Using the flat blade screwdriver, carefully work the blade under the keys and gently pry up until the key pops off.

Gently pry up with the screwdriver

Gently pry up with the screwdriver

There are some keys with metal wires attached to them.  Be careful when prying these up.  The SPACE BAR, ENTER/RETURN, DELETE, SHIFT keys all have this wire.  Pretty nasty :/

Keys with wires

Keys with wires

The rest of the keys look like Legos.

Rest of the keyboard keys

Rest of the keyboard keys

GROSS!  Totally Gross!  The nastiness that is hidden beneath our computer keyboard keys.  This stuff is just waiting to make you sick, if it has not already.

What lays beneath!

What lays beneath!

Get that vacuum cleaner over here.  STAT!

Use the vacuum on the keyboard

Use the vacuum on the keyboard

I have a spray bottle filled with 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap and tap water.  This is an All Purpose Cleaner and also known as a “Mild Cleaner”.  Spray one squirt NO MORE THAN TWO on the microfiber cloth.

Use a Mild Cleaner

Use a Mild Cleaner

1 or 2 squirts

1 or 2 squirts

Using a corner of the damp microfiber cloth, begin cleaning around the key buds and the base of the keyboard.

Clean the key buds and the base of the keyboard

Clean the key buds and the base of the keyboard

If you need to have more cleaning power than just the cloth get the toothbrush.  Lay the toothbrush on the microfiber cloth to collect over spray.  Spay the toothbrush with one good squirt.  Tap off the excess water from the toothbrush before you go to the keyboard.

Protect your furniture with the microfiber cloth

Protect your furniture with the microfiber cloth

Spray one good squirt on the toothbrush

Spray one good squirt on the toothbrush

Tap off excess liquid

Tap off excess liquid

Make sure you don’t have drippy toothbrush.  There should only be a small amount of suds as you work the brush around the key buds.

Clean around the key buds

Clean around the key buds

More than a few suds is too much liquid

More than a few suds is too much liquid

Use the microfiber cloth to clean up the suds and dirt you have cleaned off.

Use the microfiber cloth to clean up

Use the microfiber cloth to clean up

You will start to see the difference between the cleaned area and the still dirty area.

It's getting clean

It’s getting clean

Continue until you have as much of the dirt and grime as you can possibly remove.

Clean!

Clean!

Using an alcohol spritzed cotton swab or a lens cleaner, you will sanitize the keyboard base.

Sanitize with a cotton swab and alcohol

Sanitize with a cotton swab and alcohol

Or use a lens cleaning cloth with alcohol

Or use a lens cleaning cloth with alcohol

Gather up all the keys and put them in a plastic bowl to be soaked.

Get keys ready for a soak

Get keys ready for a soak

Using A PINKY NAIL amount of liquid dish soap, squirt into the bowl of keys and fill the bowl with hot water.

A PINKY NAIL squirt of soap

A PINKY NAIL squirt of soap

Cover with hot water

Cover with hot water

Give the keys a swish and swirl around in the hot water and soap solution.  Then go do something for about 10 minutes.

Swish and swirl the keys

Swish and swirl the keys

After a 10 minute soak in the soapy water, take the keys – one at a time – and give them each a good scrubbing with a microfiber cloth.  This will take the excess water off the key as well as scrub off any dirt.  Then work the underside of the key to get out excess water and dirt.  Lastly, place the key on a length of paper towel to dry.

Scrub the key with a microfiber cloth

Scrub the key with a microfiber cloth

Clean the underside as well

Clean the underside as well

Set key aside to dry

Set key aside to dry

Continue until you have cleaned every key.

Clean all the keys and leave to dry

Clean all the keys and leave to dry

When you have all the keys laid out on the paper towel, spray they all with the alcohol from a spray bottle.

Spray alcohol to sanitize keys

Spray alcohol to sanitize keys

Take your “Pruney” fingers and go do something for ONE HOUR.  Go grocery shopping, take a nap, read a book.  Anything….except use this computer :/

Un-prune your fingers for 1 hour

Un-prune your fingers for 1 hour

Okay, it is time to get the keys put back on the keyboard.  Bring the cleaned keys over and begin sorting them out.  Letters, numbers, F-keys, word keys.

Letter keys

Letter keys

Word/Function keys

Word/Function keys

F-Keys

F-Keys

Number keys

Number keys

Keys with wires

Keys with wires

Get your reference photos ready.  You are going to need them now.

Reference photos

Reference photos

Starting with the WIRE KEYS put the wires in the slotted areas of the key bud.  Then mate the key bud with the key and press into place until  you hear a click.

Start with the wired keys

Start with the wired keys

Insert the wire in the slot

Insert the wire in the slot

Mate up the key parts then press down

Mate up the key parts then press down

Work the installed key a few times to make sure it works properly.  Do these same steps to all of the wired keys.

Install all the wired keys first

Install all the wired keys first

Install the rest of the keys in their proper place.  Looks like a brand new keyboard!

Install the rest of the keys

Install the rest of the keys

Now comes the test.  Plug your keyboard into your computer.  I had my computer turned off while I cleaned my desk area.  So I turned the computer back on.  If I can type in the password…..

Test to see if I ruined the keyboard

Test to see if I ruined the keyboard

Yippy Skippy!  It works.  It works!!!

It works!

It works!

Okay.  Now I have earned a brownie point.  Yes!

Brownie Points

Brownie Points

Just don’t bring that crumby thing over to MY CLEAN KEYBOARD!

So, now, if you are up for a challenge.  If you want to see what lurks under your keyboard.  Or if you just want to show me up on your better housekeeping skills.  I think you now know how to safely clean your keyboard and your keys.

Keep in mind LIQUID IS BAD FOR KEYBOARDS.  LIQUID WILL KILL YOUR KEYBOARD.  Take the necessary precautions to make sure you don’t use excessive liquid on the microfiber cloth or spray directly on the board.

Now I don’t have to do this for another…..8 years 😀  Let’s go check out Russell Deasley’s Cats In Love.  Go up to Warning #1 if you don’t know how to get to the cats.

Leslie


Hello. My name is Leslie and I have heart trouble and dropsy.

To any of you that ACTUALLY do have heart trouble or dropsy, I beg your forgiveness if I offend you.  I am sorry.  Please know that I mean not to ridicule you and your medical issues.

My issues are psychological in nature.  I drop my butt in a chair and I don’t have the heart to get back up again.  Unless…..there is something going on in my craft room and then I’m magically cured.

As many of you know I have been a truck driver for 12 years.  I have traveled all across the 48 states of this vast US of A and I’ve seen every ocean that surrounds this great land.  In that job my home was not, in fact, a home.  It was a way point.  A stopping over point.  A place to be for a week or two or maybe even a month.  Around tax time it was my place for a couple of months.  I crammed everything I had to do in that short period of time.  Do the tax work, clean my house from top to bottom, and nearly blow my stack quite often when the oft lamented refrain coming from my husband was “I’m hungry.  What is there to eat?”.

Home was somewhere I really didn’t want to be.  Home meant non stop work.  No relaxation and enjoyment of any kind.  This house has never been “Home”.  It was not where my heart is.  It was about as “safe a place to fall” as a motel/hotel room.  When we bought this house on New Years Day of 2003 I had plans to put my stamp on it and make it home.  Now it is 2014 and that has not yet happened.

I fully retired from truck driving in November of 2013.  It is now, mid January of 2014, that I am getting to the place where I am ready to begin the “Nesting” and turning this house into a home.  First I have to clean it.  And this is where the heart trouble and dropsy come in.

Every winter I follow the Flylady way of cleaning house.  It has served me well.  Put me on a much needed schedule.  Helped with my time management issues.  I still follow Flylady and her plans of action.  I want to tell you about a website I use IN ADDITION to Flylady.  It is Clean My Space and it has a ton of information there that has inspired me to get up off my butt.

I finally got motivated to begin.  A week late on the Flylady Zone.  But I’m motivated to get started.  Last week was the main bathroom.  This week is the master bedroom.

This is my bathroom BEFORE.

Bathroom BEFORE

Bathroom BEFORE

And here is the bathroom AFTER.

Bathroom AFTER

Bathroom AFTER

Yes.  The toilet wand is still sticking out of the toilet.  Let me tell you, that little tip has been a good one for me.  I’ll add the Clean My Space bathroom cleaning video and you can see why the toilet wand is still there.  When the floor dries I will put everything back.

On this site you will find recipes for DIY cleaning solutions.  I went out and purchased a cleaning caddy and some empty spray bottles.  I restocked up on alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda while I was at the store.

Cleaning caddy

Cleaning caddy

DIY DEGREASER:  50% dish washing liquid and 50% vinegar.  I used a store bought cleaner a long time ago and decided to reuse the spray bottle.  I ended up having to trade it up for a new spray bottle because the old one had some issues with the spray mechanism.

DIY Degreaser

DIY Degreaser

This degreaser is also supposed to work on soap scum and the cruddy buildup on the shower floor caused by bath gels and hair conditioners.

I rate this DIY Degreaser and soap scum cleaner a ****.   4 out of 5 stars.  If, and when you use this, turn the fan on in your bathroom.  The vinegar and liquid soap causes fumes that will make you cough.  The slipping around on the shower floor I did from all the slippery soap was all that was needed to clean the gunk off the shower floor.  Not much elbow grease was involved in getting the shower clean.  Watch the bathroom cleaning video.  You  have to leave this stuff on for several minutes and let the solution do its work.

DIY All PURPOSE CLEANER:  2 Tablespoons of liquid dish washing liquid to a bottle of water.  Again, I used a long empty store bought cleaning product as the spray bottle for this cleaner.  This bottle worked and I didn’t have to change it out for a new one.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

I rate this DIY All Purpose Cleaner a *****.  5 out of 5 stars.  I sprayed it on the toilet, the bathtub, the sink and counter, the trash can, and the rolling cart.  By the time I was finished clearing the stuff off the counters and putting things away I was ready to wet a microfiber cloth and begin the scrubbing.  This made my cleaning so easy.  A quick wipe up with a clean microfiber cloth and everything was clean.

DIY DISINFECTANT:  50% alcohol and 50% water.  I used a new spray bottle for this solution.

DIY Disinfectant

DIY Disinfectant

I rate this DIY Disinfectant a *****.  5 out of 5 stars.  Spraying this solution on the toilet handle, light switch, fan switch, tub and sink faucets and handles.  Everything was sparkly clean and hopefully germ free.

DIY FLOOR CLEANERsort of.  1/3 bottle store bought product and 2/3 water.  I put this solution in a new spray bottle.

DIY Floor Cleaner - SORT OF

DIY Floor Cleaner – SORT OF

I would rate this as ****.  4 out of 5 stars.  My linoleum floors tend to get a sticky feel after a couple days with any store bought floor cleaner.  That includes the Swiffer brand stuff as well.

Window Cleaner – NOT DIY.

Window cleaner - NOT DIY

Window cleaner – NOT DIY

Give your mirrors a good spray with any window solution and let it set while you do your other cleaning chores.  Add some more if the glass dries.  Clean with paper towels and buff with a microfiber cloth.

Before I went into my bathroom and began the cleaning process I had to get the light bulbs and light fixture clean.  I have been meaning to do this the entire time we have lived in this house and I keep forgetting.  I only remember AFTER I’ve turned the lights on.  I did do it today and used the All Purpose cleaner on the bulbs and fixture.

Clean the light bulbs and fixture

Clean the light bulbs and fixture

My house now smells of liquid dish soap.  I’m so glad I did not purchase what the rest of the world is in love with.  Dawn.  I can’t stand the smell of that stuff.  The Ivory I use is quite potent in and of itself right now.

What do you do to motivate yourself to do household chores?  Does it come easy to you because you have a routine?  If so, let me know what your routine is.

Leslie

 

 


Single axle sleeper trucks. Never heard of such a thing!

Joe stopped by home last night with his trucks.

First set of trucks for 2014

First set of trucks for 2014

The first trip for 2014 began on January 8th with Joe leaving home and deadheading 1433 miles to Northeast, Maryland to get these trucks.  That day was one long and frustrating day for him.  Traveling from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Russellville, Arkansas took him almost 12 hours to go 269 miles.  This is usually a five hour drive.

Rain, ice, snow, road construction, wrecks, jack knifed trucks and trailers.  Poor Joe had so much distress that first day out he was beginning to wonder if he had just lost his mind.  The roads were in such bad condition with ice he quickly abandoned the idea of turning around and coming back home.

Our friend, Jim From, had some problems with his personal vehicle.  He was going to meet up with Joe in Joplin, Missouri.  That plan immediately went in the dumper.  Jim had some friends of his drive him to a truck stop in West Memphis, Arkansas where he would await Joe’s arrival and the two would continue from there.

The plan for the first day was to pick up Jim around 3:00 in the afternoon then continue east a few more hours before stopping for the night.  The weather changed all those plans for both of the guys.  Jim  had to get a hotel room close to the truck stop while Joe hoped and prayed he would not be spending the night on the side of the road waiting for the traffic to inch along.

At 8:00 p.m. Joe had informed Jim it would be the next day before they would meet up.  The safest solution was for Joe to make it to Russellville, Arkansas and stay the night in a hotel.  Get off the roads and hope for better weather the next day.  The last 20 miles to Russellville creeped along at a maddeningly slow pace.  Joe finally arrived at the hotel at 10:30 that night.  He was so tired and worn out by the stress of that long and unending day.

Joe and Jim did get together the next day.  The weather cleared.  The roads were dry.  Traffic moved right along and the two of them were under a time constraint.  The man whom they were to meet in Maryland was not too keen on having his Saturday tied up with my guys.  Joe was able to talk to the man and get plans made that would only keep him away from his family for an hour on the upcoming Saturday.

Trucks were signed for and released Saturday.  The weather reports were of snow for the day along with cold winds and low temperatures.  What actually happened was a cold rain that alternated between misty sprinkles and a down pour.  My two guys finished moving the trucks from the lot where they met the man and to a nearby truck stop.  There Joe and Jim got the boom set up totally hooked up and the trailer was half done.  Cold, wet, and tired the guys decided the best thing for them was to get a hotel room for the night and finish the hook up on Sunday.

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday the two drove from Northeast, Maryland to our home here in Oklahoma where they would spend the night before continuing their trip to California.  I made dinner for the two last night.  Joe got Jim settled in a nearby hotel.  A breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon for the two were my contribution to the start of their day of traveling.

Jim frequently asks me if I want my job back.  My response to him is “Not just NO.  But HELL No!”  So the two are off cross country today.

This is Jim’s set of trucks.  He is using my boom.

Jim's set of trucks

Jim’s set of trucks

These two guys are not quite half way in their trip across the US.  Hopefully they will have good weather and be safe in their travels.

If I had not seen these trucks myself I would not have believed there were single axle Condo Sleeper trucks on the roads.

Leslie


Microfiber cloth in place of Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mop.

I am down to my very last Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mop pad.  I have more floor than mopping refills.  Arrrrgh! I don’t want to resurrect that old mop and bucket!  Crapazoid!

Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mop refills

Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mop refills

Only one mopping pad left

Only one mopping pad left

Wait.  I have a Microfiber cloth and some household cleaner.  Hmmmmm.  I wonder if that would work?

 

Microfiber cloth and household cleaner

Microfiber cloth and household cleaner

Lay the Microfiber cloth out lengthwise.

Lay out the Microfiber cloth

Lay out the Microfiber cloth

Test to see which direction of the Microfiber cloth best fits your Swiffer Sweeper head.  Mine will fit this way.

Test to see which way your mop head will work best

Test to see which way your mop head will work best

Poke the Microfiber cloth into the holes where you would the Wet Mop pads.

Poke the cloth into the holes

Poke the cloth into the holes

Once the Microfiber cloth is secure you are ready to get the cloth wet with a little bit of tap water.  Don’t get it soaking wet though.  Don’t want to have a soggy mop.

 

It is now ready to get damp

It is now ready to get damp

Take the Swiffer Sweeper to the area to be cleaned.  Pour a small amount of household cleaner on the floor.  Just a small amount.

NOTE:  You can use vinegar to clean the floors if you don’t like to use harsh chemicals.

Go to your cleaning area

Go to your cleaning area

Pour a small amount of household cleaner on the floor

Pour a small amount of household cleaner on the floor

Mop as you normally would.  For this demonstration I only cleaned an area two “tile” widths wide on this section of my entry way.  You can sort of see the difference between the clean floor and the dirty floor.

Mop as usual

Mop as usual

When you have finished cleaning the floor take the mop to your sink, remove the Microfiber cloth and rinse it out well with running water.

Yuck

Yuck

Gross

Gross

Rinse with running water

Rinse with running water

Wring the water out of the Microfiber cloth and replace it on your Swiffer Sweeper mop head and go back to the area you just cleaned.  This will pick up  more dirt and clean  your floor better.

Repeat mopping the area you just cleaned

Repeat mopping the area you just cleaned

I was surprised to see I was still getting dirt off the floor!  Gross!

Repeat these steps for the remainder of your floor until you are done.  I did a three foot section of my kitchen and entry way floor at a time.  I waited until the cleaned area was dry before I put the table and chairs back.  I played a couple games of Solitaire while I waited for the floor section to dry.

Total time to thoroughly wash my kitchen floor and entry way:  One hour.

When finished mopping the floor, toss the Microfiber cloth in the washing machine with a load of towels and call it a day.

Yesterday I tackled the refrigerator.  Totally GROSS!!

Refrigerator that needs cleaning

Refrigerator that needs cleaning

This is just GROSS

This is just GROSS

This was worse than gross

This was worse than gross

A clean refrigerator makes me very happy.

Ahhhh.  Clean!

Ahhhh. Clean!

Just look at that clean refrigerator

Just look at that clean refrigerator

Time estimated to fully clean the refrigerator:  2 Hours.

Actual time to fully clean the refrigerator:  1-1/2 Hours.

My kitchen work is done.  Well, I still have to sort out my pantry.  I’ll save that for the next time this Zone comes around.  I have crafty things to do!