Cleaning the Dishwasher

So, Thanksgiving is coming.  And, for the first time, I’m hosting my family for the weekend.  That’s right – I’m making a turkey, folks!  (A quick side note: I picked up a turkey from Trader Joe’s this weekend. They brine their turkeys for you, so I’m very curious to see how it turns out!)

And, to prepare for my guests, I’ve been on a house-cleaning mission.  And, this past week, I cleaned something that I have never cleaned before: the dishwasher.  I know what you’re thinking.  Why clean the dishwasher?  Doesn’t it take care of itself?   But I saw this pin floating around Pinterest and figured it was time to give it a try.

So, following the instructions from One Good Thing by Jillee, I grabbed a little vinegar and baking soda and starting cleaning.  The basic instructions are:

  1. Start with an empty dishwasher. And, I mean empty.  Dig around in the bottom of your dishwasher to make sure there are not any rogue pieces on the bottom.
  2. Place a small cup of vinegar on the top rack and run your dishwasher on a normal setting with hot water.
  3. After the cycle, toss some baking soda in the dishwasher and run it again.

Here’s my story:

  1. I emptied my dishwasher and pulled out the bottom rack to see if there was anything in the bottom.  Lo and behold, I found 3 big chunks of glass.  I have no idea how they got there, so they were probably from the owner before us.  Yuck.
  2. I ran the dishwasher on super-hot – pretty simple.  When I opened it back up, I noticed that there were still some stains and gunk on the inside.
  3. I threw in the baking soda, grabbed a brushed and scrubbed the door, the silverware container and the sides.  I ran it again and, voila, clean dishwasher!

In the end, I have a sparkling clean dishwasher.  (Sorry, I didn’t take a picture since you really couldn’t tell the difference unless you stick your head in there.) I added one step where I really scrubbed the insides, but other than that, it was very simple.  Plus, I think my dishes seem to be getting cleaner.  Nice!


Makeup Brush Cleaner

Sorry for the delay in posting.  It’s been a busy few weeks around my house a.k.a my daughter is now down to two naps a day, and since I usually blogged during the late afternoon nap, I’m a little behind the times.

Anyhoo, one thing I love about Pinterest is how it reminds me to do things.  I have my usual cleaning routine, but I usually find some post about cleaning your base boards (yeah, I should probably get to those) or this pin about cleaning your makeup brushes.

I saw this pin and figured it was high time to clean my makeup brushes because honestly, I have never cleaned them.  Ever.  There isn’t a website linked to the pin, so here are the directions in the description:

You will be surprised to see all the makeup that is left in the water. How to properly clean your makeup brushes. (a tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup of hot water, and a 20 minute soak, followed by a hot, then cold rinse and pat dry will do it. Disinfects, dissolves grease/makeup, leaves no film, and inexpensive.)

Here is my before:

And, here’s the after.

I will tell you: the water was perfectly clear after 20 minutes.  It wasn’t until I vigorously shook the brushes that the water got dirty.  I rinsed the brushes as instructed.  And they stunk like vinegar.  Gross.  I finally washed them with some baby shampoo to make them smell nice and that’s when the dirt really came off the brushes.

So, in short, I would skip the vinegar soak and just wash the brushes in baby shampoo.  It got the dirt out and it made them smell nice.  Sorry Pinterest, I think you failed me this time.  😦


Glass Shower Cleaner – Lemons and Salt

Now that I’m home on maternity leave, I seem to have a little bit more time around the house.   And I’ve been blessed with a baby who likes to take a few long naps every day so I figured I might want to tackle a few cleaning projects.  I saw this pin floating around Pinterest and I figured why not?

Thanks to Picklee for the post – 10 Remarkable DYI Cleaning Solutions.  I decided to try the glass shower cleaner because I had an extra lemon laying around the house and my shower is pretty gross after a month of baby time.  Plus, I figured it would be quick so just in case my little pumpkin starts crying, I can take a break.

How did it go?  It actually worked really well.  My shower wall cleaned up well without a lot of scrubbing.  One lemon did the trick for the inside of the shower and it really did remove all of the soap scum (and there was a lot!)  And, no fumes or extra chemicals in the house!

The only downside- it left a bunch of salt and lemon pieces all over the shower walls.  It look a while to wipe them down and I’m still sure there are salt pieces on the walls.  Hopefully my husband doesn’t spot them tomorrow morning!

Milk Jug Watering Can

So, this link was floating around Pinterest a lot, so I thought I would give it a try.  I laughed because the tag for this post is, “Good grief, I should have done this years ago.”  And, yes, we all should have done this years ago.  For a thrifty Dutch girl like myself, why not make your own watering can?

The lovely blog, A Journey to Dream, put together these simple instructions for creating the milk jug watering can.  I didn’t exactly follow her instructions by using a needle and some matches.  In fact, I didn’t even punch the holes – my handy father-in-law helped me out with that one.

Watering CanSo, here’s our finished product.  It comes in really handy because I have two flower pots on the front porch that need constant watering and it’s a lot easier to fill up a milk jug in the sink than mess with a big ol’ watering can.  (And, I think our watering can got left in Michigan!)

My one complaint – the water flows a little slow, so I find myself squeezing the jug to make it go faster.  I’ve crushed one jug already, but it’s no big deal because there is always a replacement in our fridge!  🙂