House Cleaning

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Over the weekend I was cleaning the bathrooms which I have done for many many years and as I was cleaning, I realized that I am an organizer or someone that must-have things in a certain way to get the job done; I have always known this but for some reason this weekend it crossed my mind. I start by gathering my cleaning supplies, not much, they are Windex, Ajax, all surface cleaner, Lysol, 3 lint-free rags, cleaning solution for the toilet, floor cleaner, and a scrubber (they are in a small caddy) – I will add the cleaning supplies I use to my Cool Stuff page.

I then begin removing all the stuff from the counter, plus anything on the floor like a garbage pail or our foot mat. Some people recommend wearing gloves while cleaning, but I don’t use them personally – that is just me. This is where it hit me that I do things in a certain order. I begin to clean from the top down. I squirt cleaning solution, plus a little Ajax in the toilet. I let that sit a bit. I spray some Windex on the mirror and clean it, then I spray all surface cleaner on the walls and get those cleaned – you would be amazed at how dirty walls can get. I get a toilet scrubber and begin cleaning the toilet – I let the suds sit for a while before I flush. I grab some Lysol and spray the bottom layer of the toilet, the seat, and the cover. I wipe all around, including the basin of the toilet, moving towards the back of the toilet. When I am done cleaning it shines like a star, man I even joke and say, “Man you could eat of that seat” – my kid’s cringe. I know some say that Lysol is expensive, but the spray lasts me a couple of months easily, maybe more. I then move to the shower. I first slightly wet the shower walls and floor. I then sprinkle Ajax on the walls and the floor. I also pour some Clorox on the floor – keep in mind the odor is strong so make sure the bathroom is ventilated. I start scrubbing from the top and work each wall working my way down to the floor. I then scrub the floor mixing the Ajax and Clorox as I scrub. The added Clorox makes the floor shine white and of course, kills any bacteria. Now, when I rinse, I like to use hot water, yah it can get costly, but personal health and safety, especially now day is important so the extra little increase in gas/electricity is worth it – it isn’t much trust me.

Now that I am done with the mirror, toilet, and tub I begin cleaning the bathroom sink by pouring some Ajax and a little Clorox. I scrub and rinse. I move to the countertop by wiping it down with Clorox wipes or I use Lysol spray and a rag – depends on your countertops, of course, so be careful.  Like to spray a little lemony scent all-purpose spray and wipe down. I begin putting stuff back on the counter. I then reach for a dry swifter to sweet the floor. Now, why do I use a dry swifter, because I noticed that using a broom simply moves around the dust and hair would get stuck on the broom bristles, which I did not like? One day I happen to see my son use the swifter instead of the broom and not only did it pick up the dust but the hairs too, and now I just simply throw out the swifter pad – of course you can use a broom and duster pan, I just happen to like the swifter. Once the floor is clear of hair and dust I begin from the back of the bathroom and work my way to the door. I pour Favor 3 in 1 floor cleaner with a lemony scent – Yes, lemony scent, I just like the smell of lemons – and it kills 99.9 percent of bacteria. I work the floor using a Swifter with a rag attached on the end – you can wash the rags and reuse them.

I then empty the trash bin and place it in front of the bathroom door so no one gets in, to make sure it dries – usually about 15 minutes. That is it, I put away the cleaning supplies and I am done. It takes me about 30 minutes to clean a bathroom – slowly – maybe less. The thing I was trying to say is that I noticed that not only cleaning the bathroom but anything I start to work on, I gather my tools and imagine the process. Whether it is cleaning from top to bottom a bathroom or working on a project at work I use an organized method. Now I clean the bathroom from top to bottom, because in my mind if I clean the mirror or walls last the dirt falls to the ground or on the countertop, so I use gravidity to clean the bathroom – weird huh.

Once again as always, I do appreciate you stopping by reading an article or two. Please have a wonderful rest of your day or evening and remember you don’t necessarily have to be organized to accomplish something, but having a plan in place does make for an easier trip.

Published by iPapito

Strange but true, I was born in San Salvador, as an abroad US citizen. It sounds strange, but you see, my mother was 5 months pregnant and happen to be visiting San Salvador. She slipped and fell in a pool and well, I was born. I am a twin, but unfortunately, he did not make and I did. My mother’s side of the family happens to be well of, and I had the opportunity to live a nice life early in my childhood. You know, private school, servant, nice home, and vacations. Things change when my mother decided to follow my father to the United States and well, that is where my story begins. I started a blog a while back, but life sort of hit and I left it behind, but now as I am a bit older, I decided I needed an avenue to share my experiences with others, while at the same time allowing me to open up and talk like I am on someone’s couch, I guess you could say. This blog will be more like an open book, created by experiences that I have had throughout my life. Experiences that many could relate to and what I did or how I handled it, you know after the fact. You never know there just might be a piece of information, idea, an option that someone could use and it would help them through the experience. Just remember these are my experiences, things I have been through, work through, and lived through – it does not mean I am right, but it does not mean I am wrong – it is simply an experience.

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