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Asker margaret Asks:
What is the benefit of putting toilet bowl cleaner in your toilet at night as part of UFY Morning
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

So that your toilet bowl is cleaner.

Letting a small amount of cleaner (I use vinegar, so everyone just dial it back with the lectures) work overnight helps to remove and prevent bowl build-up and stains with a minimum of effort on your part. If you’re feeling industrious, give the bowl a quick scrub with your toilet brush in the morning.

Challenge 3 just popped up for me and inspired an odd question: does anybody have UfYH-quality cleaning tips for water-restricted areas? Out here in CA, after the third too-dry year in a row, we've just had an official drought declared. While the water use cutbacks are still voluntary, that may not last and "fill the tub and sink with hot water" will be off the list in a hurry.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Give everything a good spray with the cleaner of your choice (my homemade favorite is vinegar, hot water, and a squirt of dish soap). Let it sit while you do everything else, then wet your mop (sponge mops work best for this, but whatever you have on hand is fine), then mop the shower walls and the tub, and use a sponge or rag to wipe down the sink. Minimal water usage and still effective.

Take a few minutes, clear everything off of your bathroom counter, wipe it and the sink down, wipe the toilet down and give the bowl a quick scrub, and give the floor a once-over with a broom or dry sweeper (such as a Swiffer).

Put away anything on the counter that lives elsewhere. Wipe down the countertop, sink, toilet lid and seat. Sweep/dust mop all hair off the floor. Pour a little all-purpose cleanser into the toilet bowl and give a quick scrub.

Asker btmsdolls Asks:
i saw a tip tonight saying you can cut up a magic eraser and toss a piece into your toilet overnight to soak off a toilet ring. do you know if that's safe for the septic?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Wisdom from my septic guy: the toilet is not a trash can. Nothing but biological matter and toilet paper should get flushed. Ever.

That said, I don’t really know how this would work. Magic Erasers are melamine foam, which act, essentially, as micro-grit sandpaper to buff away stains. I would think you’d need actual physical contact between the Magic Eraser and the ring for anything to happen. Melamine foam, while it does disintegrate, doesn’t dissolve into anything that would clean a toilet ring.

My septic guy (no, seriously, it’s a thing) is totally OK with white vinegar going into the septic system, so that’s usually what I use to clean my toilet bowl.

Hey, UFYH, I used the denture cleaning tablet trick on my toilet bowl and it worked great--for all the dirt under the water line. However, I have this gross crusty buildup that's right at the water line. I tried to fill the bowl with more water, but it just automatically flushed? (I don't know how toilets work.) Any tips?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Turn the water off where it comes from the wall to the toilet (there will usually be an oval knob connected to the pipes leading to the toilet; Google “toilet shutoff valve” if you aren’t sure). Righty tighty it all the way shut. You can then pour more water into the bowl (or, if you want to empty the bowl, just flush and it won’t refill). When you’re done, turn the water back on and flush.

It’s also good to know how to turn the water off in case of an overflowing toilet. It’s the kind of thing you don’t know you need to know until you need to know it.

Let’s get our bathrooms under control!

At least once a day, put everything that’s out on the counters back where it belongs, wipe down the counter and sink, and give the toilet seat a wipedown, too.

Bring a sponge or rag in the shower, and when you’re taking a shower, wipe down a shelf, ledge, wall, or anything else that needs attention. (Please be extremely careful and don’t do anything that could result in a slip and fall, OK?)

Each night before bed, pour a little cleaner in the toilet bowl, and in the morning, give it a quick scrub with the toilet brush.

All together, these steps don’t add up to more than ten minutes a day, and most likely much less than that.

eabha70:

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I’d never really looked at my shower head until a few weeks ago.

Ewww!

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After

All it took was a baggie of white vinegar and an hour soak.

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These are the sorts of projects that give me the greatest satisfaction. They don’t take long, aren’t complicated, and yet somehow make a huge difference.

For anyone curious about the vinegar baggie method: soak a paper towel in white vinegar and use it to cover the shower head. Put a plastic baggie over the whole thing,  and secure it with a rubber band. Let it sit for a while, then remove the baggie and paper towel, and wipe off.

stolethecookies:

Me: Did you see how beautiful and sparkling clean the bathroom is?

Sister: No…

Me: Well, that is how it SHOULD look when clean. Sparkling! Pristine!

Sister: Ok… I’ll take a mental picture when I go upstairs

Me: I took actual pictures.

This is my first before/after post. This is the bathroom I share with my sister. So it doesn’t stay clean because she forgets to clean it when she is expected to, then I reach my grossness limit and do it myself. I’ve never shared cleaning progress in my room because I rarely get it to look like I think an after picture should. I think I am overly ambitious, and my room is overly cluttered. Also I forget to take before pictures and would hate to show the world afters when they’re still pretty cluttered. But the bathroom is easy! I can do the whole thing in 15 minutes! AND YOU CAN TELL IT IS CLEAN!

So, before pictures. Here’s the sink, gross!

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Toothpaste ick on faucet, idk what you call the scuzzy brown water stuff all along the back, and little black spots (lord help me it is probably death mold) starting to form on the drain.

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also dirty washcloths (got Sister to remove a pile of what I think was 10 or so of them a few days ago) and dusty counter top. How one side gets slimy while the other gets dusty is that the house has a gentle slope to the back.

And then after photos! Here we have the sink, sparkling!

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No slimy bits! No death mold! SHINY FAUCET!

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I would also show you the pretty clean mirror above, but camera angles/flash make that impractical.

Because of the shape and size of the bathroom, you’ll have to trust me that the rest is cleaner now than before; the pictures fail to demonstrate the difference, with the exception of the window in the shower, which was growing some kind of horrible bacterial growth along the bottom edge, right where you are supposed to push down to close it. Yuck.

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Also old razors. Here’s some close up yuck:

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More close up yuck:

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This was the part that skeeved me out the most. The slime bacteria growth what-have-you is pink. PINK.

After cleaning:

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Clean! Sparkling! Not quite but close to pristine!

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See how much better that looks?!?!

iquitelikethat:

i’ve lived in this house since sixth grade and i’m currently a junior in college. i clean my bathroom counter every now and then, but over the years i’ve just accumulated so much stuff and i’ve never really dealt with it…. until now. keep in mind that not only did i never finish unpacking from recently moving out of my apartment, but i also just got back from a trip to the mountains so there’s that stuff laying around too. i’m also just a packrat. don’t judge me.

behold, The Great Bathroom Unfucking of 2013:

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Feeling lazy, but your bathtub and shower are gross? Fill the tub up with hot water and some cleaner, let it sit, then use your mop to scrub the walls and tub. So much easier than a sponge or a scrub brush.

dragonfries:

My bathroom needed to be done before I left to go home for the break, and it seemed like it would take forever to put stuff away and clean, but it only took about 30 minutes. 

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Hi, I'm disabled (have lupus which causes bad arthritis) and I desperately need to clean my tub & shower. Sitting and scrubbing is hard for me to do, and I was wondering if there's anything I could use that would get mold and old soap out without the need for intense scrubbing. Thanks!
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Vinegar spray! Just spray the surface and let it sit as long as you can, then rinse. For stubborn areas, try a paste of Comet or Barkeepers Friend, let it sit, and then rinse. Repeating the vinegar spray frequently should let you avoid scrubbing.

ai731:

There were two 20/10s on my To Do list for today.

First, the spare bedroom / my sewing room:

I’ve been working on making Christmas gifts, in particular a large quilted wall-hanging for my mother, and so my workspace has been just getting messier and messier because I “don’t have time to tidy it”. Since I know I work better, faster, and am less prone to screwing things up and making mistakes if the environment I’m working in is neat and tidy, I scheduled a 20/10 for this room *before* sitting down to work on my projects today.

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YES! All this done in just ONE 20/10, and I put everything away properly where it belonged, I didn’t just shove the crap into a closet or under the bed! The fabric, etc. that’s on the desk and ironing board in the “After” pictures is what I’m using for the current project only, everything else has been put away.

And because I had cleared off the bed, I was able to lay out my project for the first time to see what it was going to look like:
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My other 20/10 was part of my on-going effort to get the house clean in time for the holidays, when my family is coming for Christmas dinner. I’ve been working in the bathroom this week, and today’s task was to clean the mould out of the window sill & frame. Our house was built as an air-tight, but we don’t run it as one, because we can’t afford to run the air-conditioner all summer. Consequently we have mould problems. I hate de-moulding the windowsills (and every windowsill in the house needs doing regularly *sigh*) partly because “Mould - ICK” partly because the window frames have a bunch of little cracks and crannies that I can never get clean, and partly because I know it;s just going to get gross again.

So I promised myself a caramel brownie left over from craft group last night after I cleaned the bathroom windowsill, and that turned out to be enough incentive:

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And since it actually took LESS than 20 minutes, I drain-volcanoed the bathroom sink while I was in there!

And the caramel brownie was delicious :)

travellyr:

Counter, drawers, tub, and shower.

I want to thank Unfuck Your Habitat.  Because of them my bathroom is beautiful (minus the part where we still need to repair then paint the walls and rehang the mirror… why yes, we gutted the bathroom too).  Everything is put away: makeup, hairbrushes and hairclips, first aid stuff, soap.  My menstrual supplies are no longer on the floor next to the toilet making my brother uncomfortable.  I tend to skip my breaks, but the 20/10 thing makes it easier to get started.  Being able to stop, knowing that I don’t have to tackle the whole mess at once, makes it easier to start.  For sorting out the drawers I actually took the two “worst” drawers (makeup and hair) with me to a friend’s house and sat on the floor chatting while I sorted.  It was really nice.

Aside: hanging out with people helps me clean.  I don’t want THEM to clean because that makes me feel guilty.  It’s my mess.  But it’s really nice to have company and having someone there with me keeps me on-task, off the internet and away from an hour-long digression playing with whatever-it-is I just picked up.  Try inviting a friend over to listen to music and chat while you deal with the floordrobe: if you have a good friend who’ll remind you whenever you stop working, it’s productively distracting.

My bedroom isn’t perfect, but it’s better.  The “new” messy is much, much cleaner than the old one: the floor is clear, the flat surfaces have less than half the clutter on them that they used to, and my shoes are always put away (except for the one sneaker that props the door open, so my elderly dog doesn’t shut the door and have an existential crisis).  There’s a lot of room for improvement, but the most exciting thing is that there hasn’t been any backsliding.  I got the room clean(er) in September and the bathroom in October, and they stayed that way, even after going on two trips.  I unpacked my shit and put it all away.  Both times.  The sheets are changed once a week, and the breakthrough there was buying a second set of sheets.  Free from the trials of is-there-or-isn’t-there-a-laundry-monster, I no longer have to wait for things to wash and dry before I remake my bed.  Strip the first set, remake with the second set, then wash the first set (even if I wash it the next day) and put it away.

I don’t have “before” pictures of the bathroom, but you all know what a crowded, cluttered bathroom looks like.  Here are the afters:

The boxes are renovation stuff.  For the first time ever most of the crap on the counter is MY BROTHER’S, HA.

Bedroom pics (before, during, and after) will follow when it’s actually clean.

Other things UfYH’s 20/10 timer helped me do:

  • finish writing assignments I’d really rather have put off forever
  • move two fish tanks, twice (isn’t renovation fun)
  • get up and get moving and focus on one thing, even when the list fills more than one page.

I am still surprised at how fast stuff goes when I finally buckle down and DO IT.  Amazed.  Even when I know it’s going to be awful, it never takes as long as I think it will.  I may always be surprised at this.

See?  This started out whining, then turned into a list of what I’ve done. :)

NOW I am off to clean that cat box, slay the laundry monster (again), and take a shower.