Housekeeping – those ooey, gooey places, part 2

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What “ooey, gooey places” do you have in your home? Since my confession in the previous article, it is time for you to search out what lurks in your own “dark holes” of housecleaning! No matter how meticulous you may be, those ooey-gooey places do eventually show up.

How often do you check out those “dark holes” and shadowy crevices? Every few days, once a week, once a month, or once a year, if you remember?! Besides the two I mentioned in part one (kitchen strainers and bathroom sink stoppers), what other ooey-gooey places can you think lurk in those darker places of your beautiful castle or closet?

We all know we must face the task of the toilet, that’s for sure. In what form the ooey-gooey and shadowy crevices surface in and around the toilet depend on your water system, what you may put in the water to hold back the bacteria, and how often this unavoidable task needs to be done.

First, be sure to put on gloves and face mask for any cleaning task anywhere. Who wants to breathe in the ooey-gooeys or cleaning products (no matter how friendly those products say they are)! One helpful way to keep your commode clean longer is to give it a vinegar and baking soda soak and scrub every few days. You can always find environmentally friendly cleaners at your local grocery store or make your own. Keep in mind to use appropriate cleaners if you have a septic system to keep the system running smoothly. And always turn the fan on and lower the lid after cleaning when flushing twice to avoid unfriendly bacteria to settle on surfaces. Then clean all lid and outside bowl parts to finish the job to remove lingering splashes.

Another tip before you clean, make sure your toothbrushes, eye glasses/contact lenses, and water glasses are safely tucked away. Who wants air-borne ooey-gooeys to land on them!

Now, on to the tub and shower stall. For those with city water, mineral deposits can abound along with the ooey-gooey soap scum. Cleaning them will depend on what materials they are made of. Whether fiberglass tubs and ceramic/stone showers, a quick and easy rinse following every use helps reduce mineral deposits and soap scum. Then once a month do a thorough cleaning with appropriate products. You can use a non-abrasive terrycloth towel to wipe down the shower, tub and fixtures. For glass shower doors, wipe or squeegee after every shower helps remove extra moisture, preventing mold and mildew to form.

While cleaning any surface and even when taking a shower or tub bath, keep the fan on to circulate air, decreasing moisture. Open your windows when you are cleaning. Nothing is more refreshing than fresh air! And don’t forget to routinely replace fan filters in heating and cooling systems (and date the filters and mark your calendar for the next time). It can make all the difference in maintaining clean air in the home.

For most surfaces (but please check with the manufacturer first) a white vinegar spray bottle is useful for deodorizing, disinfecting, and reducing future scrubbing.

These simple cleaning routines can make your bathroom ooey-gooeys stay away as you maintain a clean and satisfactory sanitary environment. You can get more tips from Laura Gaskill via Houzz.com, 18 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home. For all those who may not remember in years gone by, I still believe my motto applies, Clean enough for Healthy, Dirty enough for Happy. Balance is always beautiful!