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Friday, March 9, 2012

Uncommonly Clean Series - Day Five

Last day of our spring cleaning series!

how to clean your washing machine

So. We don't have some fancy-Electrolux-Kelly-Ripa-bright-red washer and dryer. Our machines are the the same ones from J.B.'s college days. Needless to say, over time, that washer gets icky.

An easy way to clean up this icky gunk is with... yup, you guessed it  - white vinegar!
Fill up your machine and add two cups of white vinegar to the water. Allow it to sit for at least an hour. In the meantime, I grabbed some q-tips and a little cup of white vinegar and cleaned up the gross nooks and crannies. I can't believe how well this cleaner works!
{and I'm entirely too mortified to show you the before, sorry}

After an hour, let your machine run through the cycle. If there are still any spots on it afterwards, grab a sponge, dip it in white vinegar and touch up those spots.

Finally, fill your machine again and add two cups of bleach. Allow that to sit for an hour as well and then let the machine finish the cycle. This is the final clean up {cause who wants their close to smell like vinegar?}

My "before" shot is kinda hazy, but you get it ...

Before                                                                             After

Now enjoy your squeaky clean washing machine!
I'm embarrassingly giddy about mine!

clean up your iron

First things first, I feel like I should confess this: I don't iron. I don't! I'm sorry! I'm that lazy girl who throws her shirt into the dryer for five minutes while she straightens her hair.


I did marry an very professional man who wears a perfectly ironed shirt and tie to work every day.
So that means that our iron does get its far share of work. And with all that heavy starch on his shirts - it can get some serious funk on the face of the iron.

Want to clean yours too? 
Turn your iron on low and rub a dryer sheet over the face. 
Yup. That's it! The dryer sheet will remove all the icky residue in seconds!

{via Real Simple}

I hope some of the simple tips this week were helpful in your spring cleaning. 
It feels so great to have the house in shape before Baby Jake arrives - which hopefully, will be any day!!

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