Works for Me Wednesday: Cleaning Tips

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This week’s Works for Me Wednesday is a themed edition:  share your best cleaning tip.  I don’t have any one super-spectacular cleaning tip, so I’ll just share a few of my favorites:

Microwave.  The easiest way to clean the microwave is also super simple.  Just place a cup of water in the microwave (I’ll often put a splash of lemon juice in the water) and turn it on long enough to bring the water to a boil.  After the microwave goes off, don’t do anything –including open the door — for five minutes.  Then, just take a damp cloth, open the door and wipe down thoroughly.

Bar Keeper’s Friend.  This stuff is awesome!  It works wonders on the tub/shower, but is also gentle enough for our glass top stove.

The van.  I don’t usually purposely keep plastic grocery bags in my van, but, even so, there are usually some in there.  Cleaning out the van — with a bag for stuff that needs to go in the house and another for stuff that needs to be thrown away — makes a great activity for wait times.  You know, like when somebody is in the orthodontist’s office or an outside class.

For more cleaning tips, visit Kristin at We Are THAT Family.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. I do the same thing with cleaning our van. While I'm getting gas or just waiting around on something, I start putting things away, one bag for the trash and one bag to go in and it's all ready to be taken care of when we get home.

  2. Kris – I love the bag cleaning tip. I think I'm going to put enough out there for each of my children to help and work myself right out of a job! Perfect timing on the tip as I was looking at the van just yesterday(seriously!) trying to decide when I would clean out the mess.


  3. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  4. @ Memory Cards — Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    @ Tristan and Monica — It doesn't take long, does it? My kids can trash my van much faster than I can clean it.

  5. Wait…you mean we're supposed to *clean out* the van? I thought all that stuff would eventually just…fade away….


  6. Love Bar Keeper's Friend! Keeps my sink white. Perfect timing with the microwave cleaning tip as ours needs a good cleaning. Good chore for the oldest dd, lol.

  7. Great tips, especially for the van. Not having anything to put the trash in is one reason I don't clean it out as often as I should.

    I like Bar Keepers Friend too! I prefer Zud, but it's impossible to find.

  8. I try to remember to clean out the car every time that I get gas.

    Keeping some plastic grocery bags around for the stuff that needs to be brought inside is a great idea!

  9. Oh yes, you just mentionned 2 things that have been big help in my home: bags in the van and vinegar in the microwave. I really can testify to both of these.

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