Monday, December 29, 2008

I just have to share this...

This is a bit embarrassing, but I am really excited about it and have to share! For the past few weeks, I have not been able to get our toilet clean. When we returned from Austin, there were rust streaks in the toilet, and I was able to scrub most of them off, but there were a few stubborn ones that no matter what I tried or how hard I scrubbed, they would not come off. Every time I walked in to the bathroom and saw the toilet I would cringe. Those streaks were taunting me, challenging me to just try and get rid of them. Over the past few weeks, I have tried all sorts of cleaning products and techniques, but nothing worked. Today I as I was cleaning the bathroom I was overcome with this intense determination to clean that darn toilet! After trying everything I tried before, I was about to give up, but determination is a strong motivator. So I grabbed my handy dandy housekeeping book, Home Comforts, the art and science of keeping house by Cheryl Mendelson (this was a Christmas present from Ryan, one that I asked for. It is the best book on keeping house!). I flipped through the pages trying to find some idea that would work. I came across a paragraph talking about the cleaning power of baking soda. I remembered hearing somewhere before that baking soda was great for cleaning. Now, here it was again. I decided to give it a try. I figured it couldn't hurt. I had tried everything else. So, I made a paste, and applied it to the streaks. After a couple of minutes and a bit of elbow grease the streaks were gone and the bowl was clean! I am surprised it actually worked. Who knew? Apparently someone did and shared it with the world, and now I am sharing it with you. No more expensive toilet bowl cleaners for me. I'll use my 49 cent box of baking soda!


Roeckers said...

On that note you can use grape-nuts cereal as a topping for Ice Cream.

Yeah, there's a good one!


The Lawlor's said...

Hey, can you look up something in your book for me, please?!

Our bathroom smells and we don't know what it is from. We haven't put Draino down the drains yet but even after cleaning pipes and hair (sorry) nothing is taking the smell away.

Thanks Martha! ;o)

Michelle said...


You could try this...but don't try it if the drain is clogged:
Mix 225ml of plain chlorine bleach, 4 litres of warm water, and 1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent. Fill your sink wiht the solution, drain. Rinse with plain water. There are other suggestions in the book so if this doesn't work, let me know!

The Lawlor's said...

Thanks Chelle, What a woman you are!

I will give it a try...and if it doesn't work, it is all your fault! (jokes).

Oh wait, Mike put some Mr. Clean down the drain and it seems to have helped. But I will do yours for good measure.