Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Cheat Cleaning Tips...or Not!

Jumping into my car this morning, heading out to pick up a friend, I realized that once again I'd not used my free time to clean out my car.   It had dog hair, mud, pebbles, cracker crumbs, fruit loops and lots of interesting things such as a broken magnet from the back of an old name tag, one mitten, a deflated mask that was intended for giving mouth to mouth rescucitation, bobby pins, band-aids... you get the idea.  I didn't really have time to do anything about it, but I had a great idea.  I had a clip-on smelly thing from Bath and Body.  I clipped it on the strap anchoring Cordelia's carseat and smiled with approval as my car soon SMELLED clean.  The mess in my car was barely noticeable because the smell was so delightful.

I was trained young to cheat-clean.  I remember being at the home of one of my aunts when she received a call that someone was on their way to visit her.  She set to work hiding any mess.  The tactic that most impressed me was when she stuffed her dirty dishes into her oven.  Wa-La... a clean kitchen!  I thought she was quite clever!  Perhaps that could lead to disaster if later you decide to preheat your oven, forgetting your Tupperware is hiding there.

Another one of my own inventions is to pour bleach into the toilet bowl.  Again, the smell of clean gives the illusion of clean.  Maybe?  Anyway, I like to do that before we leave for vacation.  When we return, it almost fools even me into believing the house was just scrubbed.  By the way, someone told me this was dangerous because if a person were to urinate into the bleach mixture it could produce a gas that could make said person pass out.  Could that be true?  It is also a bad idea if you have pets in the house that could lift the lid.  Maybe I'd better just scrub the stupid toilet for real, flush and move on.

By the time I picked up my friend this morning, my car's interior was really, really perfumed.  In fact, it nearly brought tears to our eyes!  I got a little bit of a headache.   She coughed and sputtered...ok that part isn't true.  She did, however, mention that the smell was a bit strong.  Maybe that plan wasn't so good after all.

You'll be pleased to know that tonight I came home and cleaned my car.  I mean I REALLY cleaned it.  I didn't even save any of the spilled sunflowers seeds, ignoring my concern that if we were to get stranded we'd be sorry they were gone. 

I did hold on to the little clippy deal.  I hid it in the console, though, to reduce the potency of it.  If I have to haul a stinky dog or something though, I can wave it around for quick relief.  

Anyone else want to confess some of their cheat-clean methods?


Maria Rose said...

I whip up a quick batch of cookies (simple cookies) to a) cover the garlic smell from last night's dinner and b) have something to offer a visitor.

I shove my piles (books, papers, magazines, etc.) into empty cupboards when I expect company.

I open windows and doors (briefly in the winter) to get some fresh air circulating, nothing beats the smell of fresh clean air!

See Jamie blog said...

I think my biggest cheat-clean idea is to just tidy up a bit. A tidy house tends to fool people into thinking that it's actually clean -- even when it's far from it!

Emily said...

I like the old fashioned "stuff everything into a closet and shut the door" technique. I use that a lot. :)

AKM said...

I wish I had some! I'm such a bad housekeeper, I don't even cheat-clean! (Love that term! HA!) Well, I DO try to keep the vacuuming up-to-date. It seems like when the floor at least LOOKS clean, the rest of the place SEEMS clean, too.

I never liked the show "Married With Children," but I think I remember hearing that the character Peg Bundy said something to the effect of, "Dab a bit of Lemon Pledge behind your ears and your husband will think you've been cleaning." ;-)

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