Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pins 62-67 Getting Streak Free Windows, Really Cleaning that Kitchen Sink & Getting your Glass Stovetop Clean

I'm sure I'm not the only one in what I like to call the "Holiday" Crunch.   Trying to get all the shopping, wrapping, baking and endless other things done can really make it seem like there are not enough hours in the day.  We have company coming for the holidays (starting this weekend) so I really needed to get my butt in gear and start cleaning, especially after my baking marathon yesterday.  The kitchen was in desperate need of some serious attention.......Some days I don't mind cleaning and some days I will do whatever I can to avoid it.  Let's face it cleaning a kitchen is up there with doing Laundry and soon as you finish you turn around and it's(their) dirty again (Especially with 6 kids).  I was on the hunt for any tips or tricks that would either speed up my cleaning process, make it easier or give me better results then my "tried and true" ways.

Pin 62 Easy Streak Free Windows

Normally I finish with my sliding doors when I clean the kitchen, but we started (alright, I admit it, I started, but didn't finish) snowy snowflakes on the doors.  The kids have put their fingers through them along with adding numerous fingerprints, nose prints, forehead prints.   The door looked a mess and I just couldn't take it anymore. 


I figured I would give this method a try.  Seemed Simple enough, and I had everything I needed on hand.

Items Needed:

Bucket, Bowl, or even Sink full of warm water
A few drops of Dawn
Sponge or Scrubby
Microfiber towel to wipe off squeegee

Dirty window waiting to be cleaned by Dawn and water mixture

It is near impossible for me to a get a good picture of a dirty window.....the fingerprints and such just don't wanna show up!  But trust me unfortunately they are there.

Dirty Window waiting to be cleaned with dawn and water along with a squegee

Just fill up you bowl with warm water, add just a few drops of Dawn (So many uses for this stuff!) take your sponge or scrub and wash your windows.  If you are worried about dripping water, ring out your sponge and wash your window in sections, or lay a towel at the bottom to catch any water that may drip.  Now take your squeegee and wipe away.  For this to really work you need to wipe off your squeegee after each wipe.   For some reason my squeegee was bent, so it was a little awkward to use, and I had to redo a few areas, when I say redo all I actually mean is running the squeegee back over the dry window to get a streak free clean.

I am happy with the results.  I will definitely use this method again.   I don't think it will be my everyday  go to method, but once a week I think will work.  My plan is to just use my sink water next time before I start my dishes and the water gets icky.  If the girls had been home I think they would have liked to have squeegeed for me.  To be honest I'm not sure if I got the streak free shine from the soapy water or the squeegee, but either way, I'll take it.

Window that is clean and streak free after using just dawn and water mixture with a squegee

Pin 63,64, 65 & 66 Really Cleaning Your Kitchen Sink using Vinegar and Baking Soda (including your drain and disposal)

I don't know about you guys, but in my home it is IMPOSSIBLE to keep my sink clean.  The kids are always throwing stuff in the sink.  Bowls and cups are always in there.  And since many times they literally toss them into the sink I end up with splash marks.  They drive me crazy!  We also have really hard water, and even with our water softener we end up with hard water stains.  I use CLR to try and battle them, but it doesn't always work well.  Who wants to scrub a sink and have it still look dirty!?! 


First I decided to start by letting my fixtures soak in white vinegar.  I keep hearing that this will help with the hard water stains, and I had it sitting in my pantry since I have been using it a lot in my cleaning.  I soaked paper towels to wrap around the base of the faucet, and pulled my hose out and sat it in a bowl.  For the end of the faucet I filled a Ziploc bag, and used a rubber band to attach it so it could sit also.  Now to be honest I don't know how long I let it sit because I was cleaning other things and lost track of time. 

Sink fixtures soaking in White Vinegar to get rid of hard water stains and mineral deposits

Hose fixture on kitchen sink soaking in a bowl of vinegar to clean hard water stains and mineral deposits

After it sat for a while I came back to the sink and pulled the hose out of the bowl and took a toothbrush and gently rubbed it over the tip any build up that had been there was now gone.   I left the vinegar in the bowl and sat it on the counter to use a little later.  Now that my sink was clear I sprinkled baking soda all over it (just like you would if you were using Comet or Barkeeper's Friend)


 Next empty Parmesan container we have I will be filling like they did in the pin and adding some lavender or orange essential oil so it will smell pretty.  

Just wet your sponge and scrub like you would any other cleaner,  I had to rinse twice, but don't consider that a big deal.   If you have sensitive hands wear some gloves.  Baking soda can actually be rather abrasive to your hands.  Now while your in the middle of rinsing you can also clean your drain.

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest

Super Simple, sprinkle extra baking soda in your drain,   then take your vinegar and pour some over it down the drain.  I just used the bowl of vinegar that I had had my sprayer sitting in.   This is fun to do with kids because they usually like to watch and hear the foamy sizzling reaction of the two together.  Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse with some hot water.  This will help with that nasty gunk that can build up, but not so great at hair (in case you try it in a bathroom).   I figured that since I was doing the drain I should also clean the disposal. Another really simple step.


I had wanted to try this beforehand so I had already frozen some vinegar ice cubes

Making Vinegar Ice Cubes for the Garbage Disposal

All you have to do is take them and dump them down the disposal and turn it on.  I also add a few lemon and orange slices so it smelled good too!  I used the whole tray.

Vinegar Ice Cubes being used to clean garbage disposal

Next I took the Ziploc bag off the faucet and removed the paper towels that were wrapped around the bottom of the fixtures and quickly scrubbed the areas.  It didn't take much elbow grease at all.  I rinsed everything thoroughly, then wiped it down.

Freshly cleaned sink using baking soda and vinegar

The vinegar really did take care of the hard water stains and mineral deposits.  I was pleasantly surprised.   My only issue is that my nose has been trained over the years to recognize a bleach smell as meaning clean, so I'm still trying to get used to the smell of vinegar.   When the kids came home they wanted to know who left the jar of pickles out and open......The smell did fade after about an hour.  I will repeat all of this.....not ever day or even every week, but ever 2-4 weeks.

Pin 67  Cleaning your Glass Cooktop with Baking Soda

Glass stove tops can be a blessing and a curse.  When I first got one I thought that it would be easier to clean since nothing could get under burners,  but I soon learned that these stove tops have their own challenges.  Even more so when you move into a house that has a stove top that has been stained and scratched by the previous owners.   I usually just use a cleaner that is made specifically for glass tops.  With a lot of elbow grease over the last few years I have gotten some of the stains up.  My Mother in Law had told me that I could use baking soda on the stove top, but I never really tried it.  I saw this pin and figured I already had my baking soda out for my sink why not try it on the stove.


My stove was a mess from all the baking I had been doing, so it really needed a "good" cleaning.

Ceraminc cook top in desperate need of a cleaning.  Going to try baking soda

I sprinkled the baking soda on the stove top

Baking soda sprinkled on a glass stove top to clean it

Then filled my bowl with hot soapy water, and put my rags in it,  took them out, squeezed most of the water off of them, then laid them on top of the baking soda.  You want the rags to be wet, but not soaking wet.  Let it sit for 15-20 min.

damp towels laying on top of baking soda cleaning a glass stove top

Lift your rags off, and inspect.   I had a few spots that still needed a little scrubbing, but most areas were clean already.  Scrub if necessary, then wipe off.  This took me a few times.  Some of the baking soda really seemed to be in love with my stove top because it didn't see to want to come off.  A wet sponge worked best for me.  The baking soda just kind of stuck to it.  Once I had all the baking soda off I took a microfiber towel and shined it up a bit.

Nice shiney glass stove top cleaned with baking soda

Worst part of a nice clean top for me is that it shows all the scratches.

Love the look of a nice clean kitchen......

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  1. Wow. You really ought to change your font. This is very difficult to read...

  2. Hmmm. I think the font is ok. :)