Our 15 year anniversary was coming up. I truthfully didn’t know what to get him. I thought maybe some football tickets for him and his best friend would be a great option. Which I did get, by the way. It’s what he did that made me write about it.
Now, at the time before all this, I had no idea what was going on, but I now know his side of the story. He paid attention to me. He paid attention to what I complain about.
Now, I’ll paint the picture. I work too, part time thus having to get the kids to all their activities and homework and such. I don’t always have time to clean. I mean it’s not a pigsty, but there is room for improvement.
I come home from work on a day he’s suppose to get the kids, but the kids aren’t there (he had his sister and brother-in-law watch them that night). I walk into our house and it’s…
I mean the house is clean. It’s our 15 year anniversary and I expected a card, maybe flowers, hopefully diamonds, but this blew my mind. Our house is ridiculous clean. It smells so good. What did he do?
Okay, at first he did have that “yeah I’m the man” look on his face like he just scored the winning touchdown, but I was in such awe I didn’t care.
He knows I am a eco-crazy person. I want to clean very green friendly just because that’s how I grew up. For this matter (and I’m sure he doesn’t want to clean) I am in charge of the cleaning.
But he paid attention. His gift to me was a natural cleaned home. While I was at work he had a list that he compiled and used to eco-friendly clean our home.
What did he clean? I’m amazed. And more amazed at how he researched this enough to actually do it right.
Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with vinegar and scour with a toilet brush. This combination cleans and deodorizes.
Cleaning Bathroom Tile and Tubs
- Sprinkle baking soda in place of scouring powder in your tub or on the tiles. Rub with a damp sponge. Rinse Thoroughly.
- To remove film buildup on bathtubs, apply full-strength vinegar to a sponge and wipe the area. Next, use baking soda as you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly.
- Vinegar removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film. Use ¼ cup (or more) vinegar to 1 gallon water.
- To clean grout, put 3 cups baking soda into a medium-size bowl and add 1 cup warm water. Mix into a smooth paste and scrub into grout with a sponge or toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and dispose of leftover paste when finished.
THE WASHING MACHINE
You know that grungy odor it makes and that makes no sense, well he fixed that.
- Fill up the washing machine to it’s fullest capacity. I was recommended towels. They fill up a lot of space and scrub the washer while spinning. Kill two birds with one stone.
- Set the washer to the hottest setting available.
- Using a measuring cup, measure a full cup of white vinegar. (8 oz.)
- Turn on the washer with the lid open so you can watch the water rise.
- When the washer is about a ¼ of the way full of water, pour the white vinegar in, followed by 3 more cups as the water rises. Total: 4 cups of white vinegar.
- Allow the washer to fill up the rest of the way. Close the lid and let the cycle begin.
- After about 10 minutes, open the lid, stopping the cycle, and, use the measuring cup to measure 1 cup (8 oz.) of the baking soda and add to the machine. Close the lid continuing its cycle. Total: 1 cup of baking soda.
- Let it run it for about 10 more minutes. Then open the lid, stopping the cycle. Allow the water to sit there and soak for 25-35 minutes.
- Shut the lid, restarting the cycle, and allow it to cycle all the way through until it is completely done washing.
My goodness, I married the right guy. Sorry to the other guy that won’t do this.
- Remove a heavy film build-up caused by hard-water minerals by adding vinegar to the empty dishwasher after it fills with water at the start of its first cycle. Do this only if the appliance manual suggests it is okay.
- Turn off and unplug the freezer.
Remove food and let the freezer defrost.
Wash the inside with a warm-water solution of mild detergent or baking soda (2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 1 quart of warm water.) Rinse and wipe it as dr as possibly. Vacuum the dust off the condenser coils.
- Before leaving your home for several days, check to be sure all wastes have been flushed out of the disposal to avoid creating odors. If odors occur, remove them by running orange or lemon peels or ice cubes through the disposal.
OVEN AND STOVE
- To prevent messy oven cleanups, put a sheet of aluminum foil on the floor of the oven, but do not allow the foil to touch the heating element. Although this may slightly affect the browning of food, the foil can be easily disposed of when soiled.
- For a spill in the oven, sprinkle salt on the spill while the oven is still warm. If the spill is completely dry, wet it lightly before sprinkling the salt. When the oven cools down, scrape away the spill and wash the area with a combination of baking soda and vinegar.
- Slow grease buildup in your oven by dampening your cleaning rag with vinegar and water before wiping out your oven.
- Turn off and unplug refrigerator.
- Remove all food and removable interior parts.
- To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water and wipe all surfaces.
- For stubborn spots, rub with a baking soda paste.
- Be sure to rinse with a clean, wet cloth.
- To clean interior fixtures, such as vegetable bins and shelves, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse well and dry.
- Fresh lemon juice in the rinse water removes soap film.
Okay this was the whole shabang! And yes he vacuumed. Well, as good as I could expect. He did use baking soda on the floor to refresh it so I’ll take it.
So, you want to impress your significant other for a big surprise. Do the above. Have fun!