Tuesday, April 22, 2008

WFMW: The Cleaning Tool You Can't Live Without

At least, it's the one cleaning tool *I* can't live without!

So this week I finally got disgusted at the state of my bathroom (and I finally found a great shower curtain in the perfect colors for $14.99!!) and I decided to do a massive deep clean. I removed everything that wasn't nailed down and got to scrubbing.

I bought a bathtub scrubber with an extendable handle that made the job so much easier. I hate cleaning the tub, but this thing made it *almost* enjoyable. But that's not the essential cleaning tool that I'm talking about.

I also rediscovered Comet. I cannot stand the scrubbing bubbles/tilex/toxic stuff that just about kills you and no sparkling bathroom is worth that. I don't think there's enough fans and windows to get "adequate ventilation" for that death-in-a-bottle. So my mind wandered back to my childhood in East Texas where every Saturday morning we girls drew "jobs" out of a big glass bowl. We always prayed for the slip that read "Help Dad outside", but I usually got "Bathrooms" where the Comet flowed freely. Between the long handled scrubber and the Comet, my shower tiles now sparkle, the grime came off the textured tub without an hour of scrubbing, and I didn't pass out from any fumes, but that's *still* not my essential cleaning tool.

My essential cleaning tool is...

My iPod.

And my playlist entitled "Favorites Today". 20 songs that I picked out right before I started the job so I could sing my heart out with those fabulous bathroom acoustics while I scrubbed the floor. My kids appeared in the doorway a few times, but I couldn't hear their pleas/requests/complaints over my eclectic mix of Evanescence, Enchanted, Cheetah Girls, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, and Geoff Moore singing my new favorite praise song "In Christ Alone". I tell you, I was down on my knees worshiping...and scrubbing the toilet.

Ah, it was heaven. And the tool that can make you say that about cleaning the bathroom?

That's the cleaning tool you can't live without.

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Carlie Faulk said...

That's fabulous! We have an extra Ipod we never use. I ought to confinscate it for this use - lol! Then I could put on hubbies really good earphones and not here the kids. It could be my own time - lol!!!

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Carlie Faulk said...

Wow - could my spelling have been worse? ok - hubby's and hear. I can do it - it's just late. :)

Anonymous said...

aaaahahaha...that is so good! And you know, I think I'm going to try Comet again. Or Bon Ami, that's good too - very gentle.

FrazzMom said...

I have a playlist on my Nano called 'cleaning music'... I use it even when my kids aren't home- it just helps me get moving!


Jeni said...

That's great! Makes me wish I had an iPod!

Melene@Sing For Joy said...

I use mine when I clean too! It's awesome. Also when I mow the lawn. The only bad thing is when my dog sees me putting it on, she thinks it's time for a walk!

Fun post!


Veggiemomof2 said...

Can you tell me more about the tub scrubber?

Memarie Lane said...

I totally agree about the ipod. I boought my husband a shuffle for Christmas two years ago, and he never even opened it. After a year of that I just took it over, and it saved my sanity.

I like the scrubbing bubbles death in a bottle. For me the evil death waves it emits is well worth it for the reduced cleaning time and excellent results.

GiBee said...

I love it: "I was down on my knees worshiping...and scrubbing the toilet." I'll have to try this... but first, I need an ipod.

ames said...

I hear ya, my iPod makes doing the dishes almost enjoyable! At least more dance-able.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

I discovered the same thing while on KP duty last week - I was scrubbing and chopping and stirring and being a regular Betty Crocker.

All while singing The Commodores' Brick House.

Great tip!