Monday, April 7, 2008

The Queen of Clean

Several years ago when I fully retired, my spouse, St. Eva the Good, remained gainfully employed. Since I had to fill my days with something, I took over the household duties of cooking and cleaning.

One Christmas ( as a joke, I believe) the kids gave me a copy of the NY Times Best Seller Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean, by Linda Cobb. What a treasure this book has become. If you want a complete lexicon for stain removals, spot cleaning and cleaning techniques and products, this is the book.

I love to share information with others about helpful products that work. If you have odor stains in carpet (urine, food, you name it) use Odorzout. You can get it at PetSmart. Works like a champ. For your wood floors, try Quick Shine and Quick Clean from Holloway House.

We just got a glass top cooking stove. It is attractive to look at, but cleaning can be difficult. Now I am a Nazi when it comes to clean. If I can't clean it, I don't want to use it. That's how bad it is. I am tyring a multi cleaning product called Barkeeper's Friend. So far, with a little elbow grease, that cook top looks great.
Yes. I need to get a life.


Vicki G. said...

I am also a member of the "Clean Queen" club. I have determined that the latest appliances have been designed to get us fat and lazy Americans some much needed exercise.

From the stainless steel fridge, dishwasher, microwave and oven, (constant fingerprints!!!) to the glass cook top I am always doing Mr. Miyagi's famous "wax on, wax off" movements. It's a conspiracy I tell you. :)

I would also like to add that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a miracle in a box! Happy Cleaning!

Flession said...

It's the joys of retirement, Dad. Either that or Empty Nest Syndrome.

As for me, cleaning, is as loose of a definiton as it is to the ACLU when they read the First Amendment.

Laura said...

So any woman reading this is going to forward it to her husband ....look this guy LOVES to clean- why not you???!!!!
(Not me cuz I'm married to a great cleaner. He even has a "cleaning center.")
Scrub on Mr. Ajax....

Kimberly said...

My hubby is a stay at home dad, and he does a great job. He has taught our teenager so much about stain removal, that I read an email between my son and a MySpace friend of his (yes, I have his password) where my son was giving instructions to a girl about how to get hair dye off of her bathroom counter (in depth instructions including how and what to make a paste out of...LOL!)

My hubby has nicknamed himself the "Stain Master," and everyone I know calls him for advice on the difficult stains. It is hysterical. I might need to check this book out and get it for him!