The Great Pinterest Challenge

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A couple weeks ago, a group of us were chatting at our homeschool support group on Twitter, and an idea sprang up that we should each do a project from Pinterest and then blog about it.

And then someone, who may or may not have been myself, suggested that instead of choosing our own projects, we should assign them to each other for added hilarity.

And then someone, who may or may not have been myself, started bossing everyone via email  organizing people to within an inch of their lives  encouraging the participants to choose a project and a date when we would all blog simultaneously about our adventures.

The day has arrived.

Melanie (aka Fairly Square), decided I should do an experiment to see if floating part of a Magic Eraser in the toilet overnight would clean it because she wants to know but is too cheap to waste a perfectly good Magic Eraser.

After determining that my toilets, were in fact, really disgusting suitable for the experiment, I moved to figuring out how on earth I was going to take a picture of a gross potty without dragging down the tone of this heretofore classy blog, which I have heroically, practically, kept elevated by declining to talk about things like visits to the gynecologist.

My project hit a little snag when my husband cleaned the toilets the day before I was planning on starting the experiment.

There is no way I could have predicted this happening.

Fortunately, after expressing my disappointment regarding his inconsiderate sudden bathroom cleaning –

I’m sorry, I did what? told him to stop cleaning the bathroom? what kind of an idiot does something like that?

the last bit of my common sense whimpered, then died a quiet death I realized there was still plenty of time for the bathrooms to get back to their normal revolting state.

Before –

I cut about a quarter of a Magic Eraser off and dropped it into the toilet.

The kids and I stood around silently and watched it sink to the bottom.

Finally, Big said, “how are you going to get it out?”

The next morning, we all went into the bathroom to see what happened.

After –

I took the toilet brush and shoved the Magic Eraser around the still-dirty bowl a little and it did wipe off all the nastiness easily…but isn’t that what a toilet brush is for? I didn’t see that adding a dollar’s worth of Magic Eraser to the mix made it any easier.

We held our breath and flushed.

Happily, I did not need to employ the plunger.

I remained undaunted, and decided to try again on the second potty in this house. Lucky for me, we have two and they are both filthy.

The next night, I hacked off another quarter of the Magic Eraser and cut it into cubes. The more, the merrier, right? They sank to the bottom and laid there until the next morning when they, too, got flushed.


I didn’t really think it would work, but a tiny part of me held out hope that I had found the Secret of the Universe and that the Secret was How to Clean the Bathroom With No Effort.

Even if it had worked, though, I still would have to do something about the rest of the toilet and the surrounding area (if you know what I mean).

Resigned, I poured bleach into the bowl and made a note to clean the stupid bathroom later.




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12 Responses to “The Great Pinterest Challenge”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Hahaha! I’m sorry, Deb!

    No. No, I’m not. Not really.

    But I promise to let someone else pick your next project.
    Melanie´s last blog post ..Pinterest: Nailed It (or) Failed It?

  2. Applie Says:


    It really isn’t a bummer. Now the universe knows it doesn’t work. You did your duty. You should be proud.

    Now go make a pancake toilet.
    Applie´s last blog post ..Pancake Organs

  3. chocolatechic Says:


    I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you.

    Hey! Have you tried the can of coke thing? It is supposed to work too.

    chocolatechic´s last blog post ..July 27

  4. Kristy Says:

    You failed it alone based on the lack of photos in this post.

    I am finding that Pinterest magic cleaning secrets are all a bunch of nonsense. Remember the homemade laundry soap…FAIL! Remember the homemade dishwashing detergent…FAIL! Remember the baking soda carpet cleaner…FAIL!

    We need to get you to do something crafty next time. Now that is something that I want to see.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Nailed It or Failed It Challenge

  5. Rose Says:

    So bummed as my toilets are always filthy with 7 of us living here!!!! Nice post though, and thanks for sparing us with pictures of gross nasty toilets!!!!
    Rose´s last blog post ..Pinterest: Nailed it or Failed It……*edit

  6. Tressa Says:

    Well, that is good to know. Even if it did work, that isn’t the part of the toilet cleaning process that bothers me. I have boys in the house. Need I say more?
    Tressa´s last blog post ..The Great Pinterest Challenge (Nailed it or Failed it)

  7. Delinda Says:

    Truly Tressa.. I have THREE boys in the house. The inside of the twa-let (as we so fancilly refer to it)is not the part that is nasty.

    I tried the home-made softener, which smells a tad to vinegar-y for me, but does the job. So disappointed that the dishwasher detergent one is a fail because those little tab things are stinkin’ expensive and I would love to not buy them eva again.
    Delinda´s last blog post ..Ain’t Nothin Gonna Break-a My Striiiide

  8. Delinda Says:

    I read everyone’s Pinterest blogs and love how most of them point out that Deb orchestrated this. I think she got off very easy just having to whack a Magic Eraser after the trouble of the donuts! Good job girls!!
    Delinda´s last blog post ..Ain’t Nothin Gonna Break-a My Striiiide

  9. Deb Says:

    Well, it’s very kind of you to say “orchestrated.” I’m pretty sure “bullied” is more what they were getting at. Ingrates.

  10. Happy Elf Mom Says:

    I would have assigned you “entertainment center turned into kiddie kitchen.” Ever seen that one? Looks easy. But I want to know how they really do it. Because when it looks easy you know it’s really a lot of work and they don’t tell you “how to” exactly.
    Happy Elf Mom´s last blog post ..Hanging Out This Afternoon

  11. Cindy Says:

    LOL! One thing you have to remember when you’re on Pinterest is that anybody can post on the internet. And not everybody actually tries their ideas before they blog them, I guess. ;-)Thanks for trying that so I didn’t have to. Not that I would have, because it sounds silly. But then, I hate cleaning toilets, so maybe I would have.
    Cindy´s last blog post ..100 Easy Lessons, Continued

  12. Hannah Says:

    I’ve seen this on Pinterest, but wasn’t going to try it since our septic system is incredibly sensitive and backs up when you flush anything other than one certain brand of toilet paper down the toilet. Thanks for letting me know I’m not missing out on anything and doing it in the most hilarious fashion possible!
    Hannah´s last blog post ..Innocent Comments and Questions