Spring Cleaning Realities

Just a few posts back, I gave you guys a look in to my spring cleaning list and what I was hoping to tackle. While I've still got plenty of spring left, in my mind I was hoping that I'd have one Saturday to dedicate to cleaning and knock it all out. That hasn't been the case, and therefore things are getting a good scrubbing whenever I've got some free time on my hands. 

Josh works late on Fridays and I get off at 4, so that's my big window to knock out my weekly cleaning. Last week I decide to tackle a few of my "spring cleaning areas". Specifically the Keurig, oven and washing machine.

Our washer and dryer came with the house, which we were so incredibly thankful for, and I bought a washing machine cleaner  that are these tablets that you just throw in and ran a cycle to clean the washing machine when we first moved in. I also wiped it down really well. I can't tell you how old our set is, because I really have no idea, maybe somewhere between at least 5-10 years? They work great but the washing machine was in desperate need of a good cleaning. I'd read a few articles on Pinterest about doing cycles with vinegar, bleach, baking soda, etc. But I really wanted to get the parts good and clean. (I'll also mention that I used one of the cleaning tablets and ran a cycle a day or two before I did my "deep clean" of the machine). So, what's a girl to do? Well, I just took the whole thing apart. I took out all the parts that were feasible to get out and went to town in the kitchen sink scrubbed. The amount of gunk in the parts of our washing machine was astounding. You guys, SO MUCH built up detergent, dog hair, crumbs, just plain nastiness, honestly. I can only imagine how much more efficiently it's running now. For a few minutes when I was putting the parts back in, I was fairly certain we were going to have to buy a new machine....I should have paid a touch more attention when taking the parts out, so to know how to get them back in. But after enough jiggling, shaking, pushing and grunting, everything popped right back in to place and is beautifully washing loads of laundry. 

The next item on my list was the oven. I took the trays out and put them in the bath tub (I know that might sound a bit gross, but there was no way for them to go in the kitchen sink and I would have made a total mess trying to clean them anywhere else, although now that I think about it I could have taken them outside, anyway....) after I put them in the tub I scrubbed them down with a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and dish liquid. I let it sit for about 30 minutes, then scrubbed them down good and rinsed them off. After that I quickly scrubbed the bath tub ;) I used the same mixture to clean the door of the oven and the inside of the oven. After 30 minutes I used a damp rag and wiped it all down. The glass in our oven door has had this terrible streak since we moved in and it has been driving me up the wall ever since. I had cleaned the door numerous times, but could tell it was on the glass in between the part of the door you can get to when you open the oven, and the part that is behind that. So again, what's a girl to do? Take the oven door apart, obviously! I literally took the whole door apart. I started unscrewing every screw I could get my hands on and eventually the handle fell off the oven door! As soon as I got the door apart I could see exactly where I needed to scrub on the glass and got it all cleaned. But, then...I had to put the door back together. Let me tell you, this was quite the job. If I thought we were pretty close to needing a new washing machine because I wasn't sure if I'd get it back together....I just knew we absolutely were going to have to buy a new oven because there was just no way I was going to put all the pieces back together. But sure enough, after frustration and the beginnings of the sob story I was going to give Josh, I magically got it all put back together. It sure is sparkling now!

See the part of the door with the solution on it? I had to get BEHIND that. There are screws in each corner of the oven door, and if you unscrew them the big black part you see in the picture comes apart from the front glass of the door. 

As for the Keurig, I just ran a few vinegar cycles followed by some water cycles and cleaned all the parts really well. I can tell it is working so much better now. I need to make a mental note to clean that bad boy more often then I do. 

I should also note I made a very tiny attempt at cleaning the grout in the kitchen floors...and I feel fairly confident in saying that the grout is going to get cleaned each week by a vacuum and mop running over it...and not much more than that ;) Unless I am feeling extremely ambitious one day. I also took apart our small vacuum and took out the drawers in the fridge and vacuumed inside, as well as vacuumed inside the kitchen cabinets. I can't say for sure or not if that's a totally normal way to clean your cabinets and fridge, but heck if it wasn't efficient and worked like a charm. 

Clearly, the moral of my spring cleaning story is to just take apart all of your appliances, screws and all, scrub everything really good, then find someway, somehow to put it back together :)

1 comment:

  1. Girl, I am IMPRESSED! I don't think I've cleaned anything this thoroughly in my entire life! Rethinking my spring cleaning plans now...


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