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Joe’s home for a few days.

Joe got in last night at 11 p.m.  He drove all the way from Flagstaff, Arizona.  That man was dedicated!

This morning, when I presented him with his cup of coffee, I was told “I’m hungry.”  Followed by “Are you hungry?”  Then “What’s for supper?”  Before I could respond with some acidly biting comment I was gifted with this.

That cheesy grin of his

That cheesy grin of his

I couldn’t help but laugh.  I love this crazy man!  I’m glad he is home and I can hear his laugh.

 

I love his laugh

I love his laugh

This week, with Flylady, the Zone is the kitchen.  We have a lot of errands to run so I am going to seriously do just a small amount.

I don’t think I have cleaned the top of this island cabinet since we have lived in this house.  I know it has been well over a year since the wooden bowl was put up there.  The toaster oven has been up there for about five years.  The silver bowls come down at least once a month when we have a popcorn night.

 

Way up high

Way up high

I had to get the step ladder to see what was hidden up there.  I was getting prepared for spiders, dust, and all kinds of scary stuff.  I was pleasantly surprised to find just a small amount of dust up there.

Step ladder

Step ladder

Only a little dust

Only a little dust

What I found in the wooden bowl was the most frightening.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Good grief!

Good grief!

I’m going to be using my DIY All Purpose cleaner on this project.  It is 2 tablespoons of dish washing liquid and tap water to fill the bottle.  I’ll be using a microfiber cloth as well.

 

DIY All Purpose cleaner

DIY All Purpose cleaner

Spray the cabinet doors with the All Purpose cleaner and give them a good wipe down.  Make sure to wipe the inside doors and the shelf fronts while you are at it.  This takes just a few minutes.  That is if the grease build up is not bad.  Thankfully, it seems the grease build up was all on my living room fan :/

Spray and wipe doors

Spray and wipe doors

Wipe the insides as well

Wipe the insides as well

A little purging of the counter top, a good wipe down using the All Purpose cleaner.  I even used it on the wooden bowl and toaster oven.  Now that area is done for a month!

Job done.

Job done.

I almost forgot to wipe the baseboards under the cupboard.  That is another place that gets neglected in my cleaning.  Looks like it needs it!

Clean the baseboards

Clean the baseboards

Toss out the cookies left over from Christmas :/

Dried out cookies

Dried out cookies

As for “What’s for supper”….it will be pork chops, baked beans, and stuffing.  I use my FoodSaver.  A LOT!  Those little aluminum loaf tins bakers use at Christmas to distribute there tasty treats as gifts.  I use them to put a serving of Joe’s stuffing he makes.  The stuffing is from Thanksgiving and has been in the freezer since.  Baked beans, Joe made his wonderful stuff for New Years and I put a portion in a tin and then in the freezer.  The pork chops were separated after I came back from the grocery store in September of last year.

What's for supper?

What’s for supper?

Once the pork chops thaw out, I will drizzle them with olive oil and rub it around on both sides.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on both sides, then a very light dusting of dried Rosemary or Thyme will be added to both sides of the meat.  Remove the stuffing and baked beans from the FoodSaver bags and put it all in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Okay, time to get a bunch of running around done.

Leslie

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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

 


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!