Moving and Associated Suckage

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So we were able to get the key to the new house on Friday instead of Monday, which THANK GOODNESS, because the amount of work that has to be done is absolutely breathtaking.

Jim took Friday afternoon off so we could head over and start cleaning. Again, THANK GOODNESS, because that house was so filthy it was almost unsanitary. As in, I had to go buy a special brush to de-gunk the stove knobs because my regular kitchen sponge didn’t make a dent in the grease build-up, even after a good long soak in vinegar and dish soap.

I went to WalMart armed with a list of Pinterest’s make-it-yourself cleaning solution recipes, and attacked the grime with enthusiasm.

Well. I was enthusiastic about trying all these Pinterest recipes, anyway.

First up: Cleaning the dishwasher with a vinegar wash, then a baking soda wash. This worked great! The dishwasher is sparkling, and it smells fresh. I could tell it made a difference because I had a bowl in the top rack and a bunch of crap had collected in it by the time all the washing cycles were finished.

Second: Cleaning the washing machine. No sweat. This technique also worked great, and I was super proud of my accomplishment. I was just finishing up wiping the lid and all the outside surfaces when it occurred to me to see if I could pry off the top of the agitator thingamajig and clean in there.

Oh. My. Gosh.

You don’t even want to know. I regret bitterly not taking a picture, because you would not believe how disgusting it was in there. Jim and I had to find a wire coat hanger and SCRAPE off the gunk poo nastiness WHATEVER the heck that was. It took like an hour, I’m not even kidding.

Go pry the lid off your agitator and report back. Srsly.

Third: Soap scum on the shower and tubs. This recipe was AMAZING. I followed it to the T, even buying the dishwashing sponge thingy recommended. All the tubs and showers are now sparkling, and it was cheap and non-toxic. Win!

Speaking of cleaning the showers, I conned the kids into helping me. At one point Big complained that he was bored and that he didn’t know cleaning was so much work.


Now he’s going to be doing a whole lot more cleaning, I can tell you that right now. People need to get an appreciation of what Mom does around here, you feel me?

I have not yet tried the floor washing formula, but I have great hopes.

I shall report back.

(Don’t forget to check under your agitator.)

Here, have a palate-cleansing ocean picture:


4 Responses to “Moving and Associated Suckage”

  1. Melanie Says:

    The worst place we ever moved into had a carrot and whole slice of pizza under the stove. A slice of pizza! How does that even happen?

    Thanks for the recipes for the tub cleaner!
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  2. Nan | Says:

    Is this a rental house? I don’t think this is necessarily germane to the post, I’m just curious.

    I admire you for going green w/ your cleaning. Sadly I don’t. Because I’m lazy and because my husband is a chemical engineer who is OBSESSED with the cleaning properties of chemical solutions.

    Maybe he’ll look under the agitator. I’m too scared to do that.
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  3. Kristy Says:

    I am so happy that I have a front-loading washing machine and thus no agitatos. Because I would have been forced to look and then I would have regretted it. Phew. Dodged that bullet.

    I have been using that shower cleaner for over a year and it is unbelievable!!! I have extolled the virtues of that cleaner at our homeschooling coop several times. I am trying to convert all to try it.

    I am going to try that dishwashing one too very soon.
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  4. Rose Says:

    Yes, very glad that my last two washers have been front loaders! No agitator gunk to make me sick! When I recover I will try the recipes!!!
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