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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dirty and Smelly

My child can always find dirt. So when I found a note in his backpack about “Mud Day” at school, I was less than pleased. The instructions on the note were: bring your child to school in old clothes, pack a towel and clean clothes in a grocery bag, and we’ll clean the kids up and send the dirty clothes home.

When we got home after “Mud Day”, I emptied his backpack and placed the bag of dirty clothes on top of the washer. Then I forgot about them. The next morning I went to start laundry. I opened the bag and was immediately hit with the odor. Eeewww. I am full of tidbits on how to care for your clothes, but I tend to forget to follow them. Reference the post from July 15 – ‘Wet gear that’s stored in plastic, in a gym bag, or in a heap on the floor can begin breeding bacteria within hours. Odor from bacteria can be stronger than the smell of perspiration.’

Let me say that A Cleaner World is not endorsing this product. But Barb Mitchell, SAHM of a dirty boy, thinks that Tide with Fabreeze is fantastic. It got the smell out of Gray’s “Mud Day” clothes. It also gets the smell out of my sweaty, smelly running clothes. And so on..... I’d like to shake the hand of the person that came up with that idea.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Poor Parents

I feel sorry for my parents. Every time they come to visit, I put them to work. Their visit in August was no exception. This time I had them help me wash windows.

When we moved into our house last spring, there was so much to do – clean the inside from top to bottom, yard work, painting and decorating. I put the windows on the back burner. Apparently the folks that owned the house before us also put the windows on the back burner. I’ve never seen so much dirt!

My mom was offering lots of advice on how my dad and I should have been cleaning the windows. It seems that we should have followed her directions a bit better. Her windows were immaculate. Ours had a few streaks. It appears that there is a right way to do windows. I went looking for an official guide....and this one looks like it would meet my mom’s approval.

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/how-to-clean-windows.htm

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Family Expert

Isn’t it flattering to be considered an expert? I’m the family expert in running, cooking, accounting and now stain removal. And it’s even extended past immediate family to friends of in-laws. I’m flattered!

My sister-in-law called me not too long ago with a question that her friends asked her to ask me. As she described the stains, it sounded very similar to an issue I was having last summer – the dreaded mystery stain. They were having issues with spots that made the fabric appear a bit darker than the actual color. I explained that it sounded like an oil based stain and could come from accidentally dripping dressing while eating or having oil pop on you while cooking. I told her that the stain could be removed but not with just regular washing and regular detergent – it needed to be treated to be broken down. Oil in fabric is a rather tricky stain to remove. I suggested she forward this chart to her friends:

http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf3/stain_removal_basics.pdf

but with a qualifier. If it is an expensive item, I suggested she tell them to take it to their local cleaner. I also told her that I solved my problem mostly – I now cook with an apron.

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Mom’s Drapes

My mom has taken to calling me with dry cleaning questions. It’s a nice change given that I’m usually calling her with questions. Most recently she called me to find out roughly how much it should cost to have her living room drapes cleaned. I wasn’t too much help as the place she was taking them charged by the pleat, not pound.

When she brought them home from the cleaners and hung them, she noticed that they didn’t set the pleats. She was going to call them but my dad told her to just let it go. So she called me again. I was first of all surprised that they pressed them flat, especially given that they charged by the pleat. But I told her to take them back and ask them to redo them properly. After all, she paid $85 for a service that she wasn’t happy with. So she took them back, and they redid them for her at no additional charge.

So I’d like to say the same thing to you guys. If you get your items home and aren’t satisfied with the outcome, please take it back. Not only will we redo it for you, we’ll also refund the original cost of the cleaning. We really mean what we say. “We do it right the first time, or it’s free.”
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