Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Musings

Today, my thoughts are lingering on cleaning....why? Because it's the 2nd week of February, the sun is shining, not a cloud in sight, it's 68 degrees and my windows are open.

Did you know that in a survey of 1,000 husbands, 9 out of 10 agree that when they share household chores equally with their wives, they get along better?!?! Sounds like my hubby is holding out on me! (Just kidding hubby, you're a great helper!)

That's right ladies, doing all the chores yourself and grumbling about it later isn't doing anyone any good! (Oh wait? I'm I the only one who does that?)

Some facts about cleaning I found interesting:
  • Women spend 17 hours a week cleaning, down from 26 hours 30 years ago
  • Men have more than doubled their duty, from 6 to 13 hours
  • BUT having a husband creates an extra 7 hours of work each week for women!
  • (I find that last one incredibly hilarious......though also incredibly true.)
Some incredibly amazing tips I found about cleaning:
  • Hairspray works wonders on countertops, walls and wallpaper. Lightly spray, let sit a few, then wipe off. Isn't that super!
  • Drop some ice cubes and a cup of vinegar in your garbage disposal and run for a minute or so. The ice cleans the blades and the vinegar kills germs. Great!
  • You can use lemonade mix to clean your dishwasher! Just put it in where your detergent normally goes and give it a run. The citric acid in the lemonade will clean the jets, the racks and the interior walls. Awesome!
  • Does your vacuum have a bag? Put a few drops of lemon juice in the bag before vacuuming and the fresh smell will spread throughout your house. So cool!
  • Rubbing wax paper on your countertops and appliances after you are through cleaning will give them a nice shine AND repels dust. Sweet!
  • Have a musty smell in a cupboard? Maybe a piece of furniture? Fill a plastic container with white vinegar and put a lid on the top with holes poked in it. It will absorb odors overnight. Fantastic!
I hope some of these things will be of use to you, I know I'm definitely going to use them!
Happy Cleaning!!


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