Are you (or your kids) gamers with dirty houses? Turn cleaning into a game with Chore Wars. Chose an avatar and some character strengths (vacuuming, organising parties, taking the bins out…British site.) Join a “party” or become the “dungeon master” of your own group. Import pre-generated “adventures”: common chores such as mowing the lawn, dusting or attending to the dishwasher, here rendered as “Either loading or unloading the enchanted cabinet of crockery washing.” Or, develop a custom chore list. Your character gets experience points for every chore completed. Repeat weekly! Clever London-based web designer Kevan Davis developed this game.
The Hairpin columnist Jolie Kerr offers cleaning advice to young people who have never had to do it before. Recent questions that she has answered include how to clean a juicer, how to get jeans stains out of a carpet after an intense make-out session, and then, seriously, how to make a bed. I suppose that, if the bed had been made, the carpet would have been spared.
Ask a Clean Person
This New York Times site hosts advice from professional cleaner and mother-of-five Sarah Aguirre. Aguirre is a big believer in getting organized before you get organized. That is, she makes lists of chores and offers advice on getting the kids to do them! Follow her directions for both a 15 minute cleanup for every room or deeper intense cleaning. She shares a list of cleaning supplies that belong in every home and also information about their shelf life. Did you know that bleach loses its effectiveness after six months? (I’ve had mine for years.)
Housekeeping and Organization
You may have been doing your own laundry for years. Still, Martha Stewart offers tips on how to do it better. “Turn delicate items, sweaters, and cotton T-shirts inside out,” she suggests, “to prevent pilling.” She also gives instructions for properly loading a dishwasher, vacuuming any surface, and a cleaning checklist for each season.
Martha Stewart Home & Garden
The quality of my cleaning life shot up when Procter & Gamble introduced the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in 2003. The Eraser is a sponge made of spun melamine foam that is manufactured in Germany by BASF (http://www.basf.com/group/corporate/de/) under the name “Basotect.” For 20 years, the foam had been used as insulation. Then it was discovered that, when wetted, the spongy material works as fine abrasive to remove dirt and grit. “On curing, melamine resin becomes almost as hard as glass”, explains BASF’s Dr. Christof Möck. “The hardness of this material is one of the secrets of its cleaning talent: like extremely fine sandpaper, the foam eraser rubs the particles of dirt from the surface.” Magic Eraser scrapes out the ground-in dirt from my scratched white linoleum kitchen floor. However, I never use it on glass. Oddly, it doesn’t work that well on scummy bathtubs.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
The Kitchn, a daughter blog of Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com), was founded in 2006 by Maxwell and Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan. Visit this site to get ideas for cooking, sure, but also find tips for cleaning and organizing your cooking space. The Housekeeping and Cleaning section (http://www.thekitchn.com/categories/housekeeping_cleaning/) offers advice for the modern kitchen, including techniques for sanitizing sponges and cutting boards. Follow The Kitchn on Twitter (@thekitchn), Facebook and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/thekitchn/).
The Kitchn: Life in the Kitchen
Posted in Building a Home, Cooking, DIY, Home Improvement, How-to, Life Long Learning
- Tagged baking, cleaning, Cooking, decoration, diy, homemaking, organization, organizing, The Kitchn
Jeff Campbell, one of America’s leading home cleaning experts, and his “Clean Team” offer rules from their books about how to clean things quickly, guidelines for keeping a home clutter free, and how to maintain machines and the like so they don’t wear out. For instance, Campbell notes that over-stuffing a washing machine will take years off of its life. Instead of breaking the washer, do two loads. Never thought of that.