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Friday Five - Cleaning

weather: partly cloudy
outside: 15°C
mood: okay
music: Joan Sutherland - Norma, Sediziose voce (Bellini)
1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?

Answering the phone. I hate picking up the phone. It's never for me. Anyone who wants to get ahold of me, e-mails me or IM's me. Very few people actually use that tellay-fōn thing and if they do, they call my cell.

The first runner up is sweeping. This is The Husband's Thing and he says I'm always doing it wrong. I don't think I'll ever understand why for as long as I live. I think I'm doing the exact same thing he's doing, but he says I'm pushing the dirt around in every direction... I've taken to just running the vacuum all over the floors if he can't sweep or mop. =D

Hmm... thinking about this a little more and maybe the first runner up is cooking. I suck at cooking. I don't like doing it. Husband Guy can do much better than I can. I swear, I have trouble boiling water. =P

2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?

I must be the only person on the face of the Earth that doesn't mind cleaning toilets (all six of them in the house). As long as I'm allowed to use the Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach and I have a big scrub brush =)

It's a high-return job. It takes relatively little effort to make it look MUCH better. And people think you're great for *gasp* taking on such a dirty job.

And I also don't mind doing dishes by hand. I'd rather do this than cook.

3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?

We generally go by the As Needed method. We're not home very much.

4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?

I've never talked to anyone about cleaning and doing stuff, so I have no idea what's normal and what's odd.

The dishwasher was installed as a kitchen ornament and is not to be used. It is a severe waste of hot water and blows the Hydro bill through the roof. Dishwashers also don't clean dishes properly. I don't care what anyone says about how I'm supposed to load the thing or what cleaning powder/cream/tablet product I'm supposed to use. None of it works. The only way to guarantee that the dishes come out clean is if you put them in cleaned already.

In a sink full of dirty dishes, I will pick the biggest container, squeeze detergent into it and fill it with water. I find this wastes less detergent and makes the soap last through more dishes. Husband Guy (and I did this too, for a little while) will put detergent on the scrubbie and just go at 'em. I'm trying to break him of this habit. I may have to bop him on the nose with rolled up newspaper...

Oh, and get this — I can iron my own dress shirts just fine... Ladies' shirts, with princess lines, boobs, all kinds of seams and curvies and lumpies to it. But I'm utterly hopeless with men's shirts. Yeah, I know it's a flat piece of cotton, it might as well be cut right off the bolt itself. I put more wrinkles into it than I iron out. If you understand this, please tell me what I'm doing wrong. I had to give up and I said to the Husband, "just take it to the drycleaners, they'll clean it and iron it for you."

5. What was the last thing you cleaned?

I took our brand new car through the carwash... does that count? =)

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bdspitapit31
Sep. 7th, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)
I don't mind cleaning toilets either!!! And I thought I was the only one. :) I would WAY rather clean a toilet than wash a fork. lol
bride
Sep. 7th, 2003 11:16 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, I'll do your dishes if you iron my husband's shirts?

It's the weirdest thing, I can iron my own dress shirts just fine... ladies' shirts, with princess lines, boobs and all kinds of curvy seams to it. But I'm hopeless with mens shirts. Yeah, flat piece of cotton, might as well be cut right off the bolt itself and I put more wrinkles into it than I iron out.
bdspitapit31
Sep. 8th, 2003 06:20 am (UTC)
Haha that's funny. Okay, so once a week I'll drive up there and iron your husbands shirts, and you can drive down here and do our dishes. HAHA!! Okay maybe not. Not until they invent some Jetson-like insta-travelers.

On that note though, why is it near IMPOSSIBLE to iron out an ironed-in wrinkle. It's like the iron is too good to fix its own mistakes (right, like it was the IRON'S fault we ironed wrinkles into the fabric).
bride
Sep. 8th, 2003 07:46 am (UTC)
Not until they invent some Jetson-like insta-travelers.

Hey, transporter technology is in the works =D I think they're starting to beam electrons and other tiny particles around.

On that note though, why is it near IMPOSSIBLE to iron out an ironed-in wrinkle.

I know. I have a spray bottle of water with me for those =P Me ironing:

SHIT!! *squit-squit* ...
DAMN!!! *squit-squit-squit* ...
AAAAAA!!!!!! *squit-squit-squit-squit-squit-squit*
bdspitapit31
Sep. 8th, 2003 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, transporter technology is in the works =D I think they're starting to beam electrons and other tiny particles around.

Well good, us short people will be soon then. :)
bride
Sep. 8th, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
HAha, yeah really =D
karinakarina
Sep. 8th, 2003 01:42 am (UTC)
i do dishes the same way!! (i mean with the find biggest container and use it to hold soap + water mixture.)

i bought pink soap that smells really good. i think it's palmolive or something.

i pre-wash though - to scrub the food off, then wash.
bride
Sep. 8th, 2003 09:01 am (UTC)
We get nice smelly Palmolive ones too =) We've had a purple one, a few green ones, a loooooong stretch of clear ones (they must've been on special or something). We're on a lemon one now =)

I hate the Amway stuff. >KP

i pre-wash though - to scrub the food off, then wash.

Yeah, the water gets a bit grossy if you don't pre-rinse =P
astral
Sep. 8th, 2003 09:30 am (UTC)
put detergent on the scrubbie and just go at 'em.
what's wrong with this method? waste or dirty?

woo new journal theme! =)
bride
Sep. 8th, 2003 10:05 am (UTC)
waste or dirty?

Waste, the soap runs off much faster.

woo new journal theme! =)

I switched back to an old one that because Fotki.Com was being a pig. =P
astral
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
Waste, the soap runs off much faster.
hrm. i'll remember that :P

oh i saw the S2 component one for a moment...not my eyes playing tricks right?
bride
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:57 am (UTC)
> Waste, the soap runs off much faster.
hrm. i'll remember that :P


Yeah, I find that the soap dries out that way and in order to keep it from drying out, you have to keep wetting it with water. I usually have to have the tap running which 1) wastes hot water and 2) washes the soap off the scrubbie.

i saw the S2 component one for a moment...not my eyes playing tricks right?

Oh, I was helping someone and that was me switching it so I could see how to do something. Your eyes are fine =D I wish there were a way to see the S2 customization stuff without actually changing your journal layout =P
astral
Sep. 8th, 2003 09:52 pm (UTC)
wow my scrubbie never gets dry.
is it our higher humidity? or just a different type of scrubbie (sponge!)

and sadly most of our kitchen sinks have no hot water. (not sure if the new ones do) pretty unhygienic huh
bride
Sep. 8th, 2003 10:09 pm (UTC)
We use this, it's a sponge on one side and a scouring pad on the other side. I don't think humidity should make that much of a difference... does it? You'll have to come and do my dishes to see =D
astral
Sep. 8th, 2003 10:18 pm (UTC)
yes exactly the same! so exciting to see such a thing on the internet though
my sponge never dries. in fact, probably not in years. (bad. must dry to get rid of germies. come to think of it they probably don't last years. :P)

we don't usually put soap directly on it (yeah waste), but immerse it in the soap + water solution perpetually. is that why?

if you're sick of this sponge conversation, i understand! :P we can stop now!


bride
Sep. 8th, 2003 10:21 pm (UTC)
If I don't use the biggest pot for soap + water, then it will dry out.

Heehee, I don't mind =)
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