my great gave me a great set of crate and barrel dishes a few years ago. knowing i will probably never be able to afford such nice dishes on my own, i have made a huge effort to keep these clean and unbroken, but the mugs are always getting stained by coffee and tea. water and dish soap do not seem to remove these stains, but i found a solution and i thought i'd share: mouth wash on a sponge works wonders! i'm sure denture tablets would work too, but i didn't have any around...
Nice! Yeah, denture tablets work wonders on cups and water bottles and stuff like that.
I like to make porridge (oatmeal?) on the stovetop, and sometimes I burn it. How do you get burnt stuff off the bottom of a (non-teflon) saucepan? Is there a trick other than soaking and elbow grease? Or at least something that'll help. Thanks, you're awesome.
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda at the bottom of the pan and let it sit. After an hour or so, give it a good scrub, but don’t rinse the baking soda. Fill the pot with water to cover the burned area, put it on the stove, and bring it to a boil. Let it cool, scrub again, and wash as usual.
You can also try vinegar, dish soap, or a plastic scouring pad. Not all at once.
Hi UfYH! Okay, so I love cleaning. I really do. I find it relaxing to organise things, and I love the satisfaction I get when everything is nice and sparkly. I hate cleaning bathtubs though. I loathe them in fact. And because I hate doing them so much, I often put it off until it's a disgusting chore, rather than the quick wipedown I know it should be. Do you have any tips for cleaning bathtubs? Quick tips, and since I have left mine for so long now... the best way to get up all the grime?
Couple of things you can try:
- Full the tub with hot water and cleaner. Let it sit for an hour, then drain it, scrub with a stiff brush and rinse.
- Comet. Rinse the tub first so it’s a little damp, them sprinkle Comet (the old-school stuff in the green can) over it to make a sort of paste. Let it sit, then scrub with a stiff brush. use gloves.
- Magic Eraser. I know I’m almost a parody of myself with this, but these things are freaking sorcery!
What do you think about financial documents? How long should you keep them? I've got stacks of stuff ranging back to almost a decade ago, so I should probably just toss (shred) those, right?
Get out the shredder! The NY Times had a good piece on how long to keep stuff.
Also, if you have a lot of stuff to shred and no shredder (or a wimpy one), places like Office Max offer shredding by the pound, and banks and other organizations often have free community shred events, where you can bring your stuff. Just Google “community document shred [your area]” and it’ll tell you if anything’s coming up.
Even when I wring them out and hang them up to dry, any washcloth I keep in my shower gets mildewy. Can I stop this from happening and how can I clean the already-mildewed washcloths? The tag on some of them says that they can be washed in a combination of Clorox and detergent.
Yeah, chuck ‘em in the wash with regular detergent and a little bleach or vinegar (but not both). When you dry towels, remember not to use fabric softener, as it makes the towels less absorbent. As far as preventing mildewy washcloths, the only thing that will do that is to get it out of the damp environment. Try keeping it on your regular towel bar to dry and just grabbing it before you step in the shower. Either that, or buy a few extras and switch them out every day or two.
So I left my patio cushions out during this really mild winter. I noticed that there was green watery stain from mold on them. Whats good to clean that off? Magic Vinegar or bleach? Sun??
Diluted bleach and let it dry out in the sun. Test first if you’re worried about the color fading.
Firstly, thank you for UfYH. I have two questions: 1. what do you do with worn, but not-ready-for-washing-yet clothing? I've always felt weird folding them up and putting them back with the truly clean stuff, thus my floor-robe grows. Is there a better solution? 2. For any fellow artist readers, how do you keep your studio stuff neat? P.S. I just made my bed, which prompted me to unfuck my entire bedroom. YAY ME.
Here’s my thing about once-worn clothing: if it’s clean enough to put back on your body, it’s clean enough to put back in your closet or drawers. If you’re really skeeved, but not skeeved enough to wash the stuff, consider one of those hanging fabric shelf things you can put in your closet, so you can fold the stuff up and keep it neat before its next wearing.
I was just taking the rubbish out and realised I might have an unfucking tip to share. We used to have a real problem with bin bags leaking into the bin itself, which really made it smell and meant we had to scrub it out practically every time it was emptied. To solve this we started putting biodegradable kitty litter into the bottom of the bin. Now if the bin bag does leak the kitty litter absorbs it as well as cancelling out any bad smells. When we change the bin we just change the litter too.
We have carpet in one of the bathrooms. The carpet in there always smells musty, even after steam cleaning. Any suggestions on how to get it smelling okay aside from ripping the crap out since we rent?
When I am queen of the world, carpeting in bathrooms will be outlawed, under penalty of death. Ew.
Anyway, chances are years of high humidity have trapped all sorts of moisture, leading to mustiness, but hopefully not mold. Since you’re renting, we’ll try to keep the solutions cheap and easy (although, depending on your relationship with your landlord, it may be worth asking if you can rip it up if you’re planning to be there for a while). Ventilation and air flow is pretty key here. If the bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan, you should be running a freestanding fan as much as possible. You can try covering the carpet with a fairly substantial layer of baking soda, letting it sit, then vacuuming it up.
Truth time, though: carpets in bathrooms are a BAD idea, and because they’re constantly damp, the musty smell is next to impossible to get rid of. Pester your landlord if you’re planning on staying there for more than a year.
My stove top is extremely fucked. Lots of baked-on crud. How do I unfuck it?
Make sure all of your burners are off. If they’re the type that can be removed, remove them. Spray the stovetop with some vinegar (or a multipurpose cleaner), or sprinkle on some Bar Keepers Friend. Walk away. Take a sponge or Magic Eraser that has been wet with really hot water (wear gloves if you have to), and start scrubbing. Repeat as necessary.
Just a suggestion for all the gadget-lovers like me. Now that I was on vacation I had a ton of cables: Usb, chargers for my laptop, tablet, phone, camera... I saved each one on a labeled ziplock bag! This is amazing, no tangled cables, and they are beautifuly easy to locate when needed. Thanks Team UFYH, you inspire me to keep things un-fucked :D.
Any tips on cleaning out Nalgene bottles? About once a week I fill them with hot soapy water and let them soak for a little, but without a dishwasher I never feel like they're clean enough.
Drop a denture tablet in there.
How often should one wash/swap out sheets and towels? The internets is telling me what people do (which varies from "every time I use them" (!) to "every few weeks"), but not what we SHOULD do. If it makes a difference, we have two cats that sleep with us and some allergy issues--but we can't afford to wash towels every couple days as some people apparently do!
Sheets once a week is fine for most people, and maybe get an extra set of towels so that you aren’t using the same ones for more than a few days (especially hand towels and washcloths).