Category Archives: Cleaning

Use For Old Terrycloth Towels

Do you have an old terrycloth towel that has lost the terry? Do not throw it away yet! You can use it for disposable rags, and save money on paper towels.

Cut the towel into pieces that are just larger than your hand. Use them for rags for very dirty jobs like cleaning the oven or the toilet. When you are finished with the rag, throw it away!

Pieces of an old beach towel!

Cleaning With a Coffee Container

Spring is right around the corner and so is spring cleaning. I was raised, that when you clean something, you get the cleaning bucket. You fill the cleaning bucket with warm water and then pour in the cleaner. Perhaps there is a better way!

To save money on cleaning products look at the manufacturers direction and used the advised amount of cleaner per gallon of water. Measuring saves money!

My daughter had this idea. For smaller jobs use less cleaner by filling a coffee container with warm water and using a fraction of what you would put in a bucket of water. If you are like me or my daughter, you may only have time to clean for an hour or even a half hour. That is okay. Doing a little bit at a time is better than putting off til tomorrow what should be done today.  You do not need a full bucket of steaming water to clean one cabinet or the refrigerator.

Sometimes I only have time to clean one shelf in a cabinet during the evening.  I grab an empty coffee container fill it halfway with warm water and then add a little wood cleaning detergent. I empty the dishes from the shelf into the dishwasher. I wipe the ceiling of the cabinet, the three walls of the cabinet. If there is a reusable shelf liner, I put that in another coffee container with some warm water and dish detergent to soak. Later I wash it out and then hang it over the shower head to dry if it is winter or nighttime or outside in the summertime.

If there are dishes to be washed, I wash them and let them dry. While waiting for the shelf liner to dry, I put the clean, dry dishes on a tray which I leave on the counter or the table, out of the way. The next evening I put the clean shelf liner on the shelf and replace the clean dishes. If I still have time, I clean the next shelf.

Proverbs 18:9 says “He who is slothful in his work, Is brother to him who is a great destroyer.”

Do not Throw Away Old Sheets: Recycle Them Instead

Do you have old sheets with one or more holes in them?

I keep old sheets to help me with cleaning jobs. I recently spring cleaned a cabinet which I had not cleaned for awhile. I had just two weeks before, cleaned the counter below the cabinet. I did not desire to clean the counter again after I cleaned the cabinet. I took an old clean sheet and placed it over the objects on the counter. I filled my cleaning bucket with hot water and some veg oil soap and placed the bucket on the table. I removed everything off the top shelf of the cabinet and wiped it off and set it on the table. I wiped off the shelf, the back of the cabinet, the sides of the cabinet above the shelf, the front of the door of the cabinet, and the inside of the door of the cabinet. I made sure to carefully wipe each surface to remove all the dust and oil that had collected on the cabinet doors.

The next part of the task involves looking at each item I removed from the cabinet to decide if we still need it and how to arrange the items so they can all fit back on the shelf. I repeat this process until the whole cabinet is clean and organized.

After the whole cabinet is finished, I carefully rolled up the sheet in order to keep all the dust bunnies and tiny scraps of paper within the sheet. I gathered the sheet, took it outside and shook it. I put the sheet in the wash while being very pleased I did not have to clean the counter again!

Another task I use old sheets for is cleaning out a floor level cabinet. For instance if I clean out the cabinet in which I keep my pots and pans. I place a clean, old sheet on the floor. Remove all the pots and pans from the cabinet and place them on the sheet. I move the sheet with all the receptacles out of the way, and proceed to wash the entire interior of the cabinet. I also wash the cabinet doors: inside and out. Push the sheet back over to the cabinet and carefully replace the pots and pans neatly.

Old sheets also help with cleaning a closet. I do not always have time to clean a complete storage space like a closet at once. Before Christmas I cleaned the entire bottom of a closet. I took out all the clothes. I removed everything from the floor, then I washed the walls and vacuumed the carpet in the bottom. I sorted the clothes. Threw some clothing away. Replaced everything in an organized fashion. Now, when I clean the top shelf of the closet, I will put a clean sheet or two over the clothes pole to keep the dust off the clean organized section of the closet so I do not have to start over.

Do not stop trying to keep your home clean even if you do not have time to do a whole job like a closet at once. Keep persevering! When your house is neater, you feel better about yourself. Whether your home is messy or neat, God still loves you very much! May you prosper as your soul prospers!!!

Large Rags Reap Greater Riches

Do you have a comforter in which the stuffing has moved and it is lumpy? How about a bedspread that is threadbare in places? What can you do with them other than throw them away?

You can use old bedspreads, comforters, and quilts as drop cloths. A drop cloth is some type of material that you place on the floor when you are painting or working with something messy. Drop cloths are usually made of plastic and can tear easily when walked on repeatedly. The old bedclothes do not rip unless the fabric is totally ruined, in that case the bed covering should be thrown away immediately!

We recently treated many boards to be used to create shelves for a library. We placed a plethora of old bedspreads and comforters under each of the boards in order to catch the wood conditioner, stain, and varnish that was accidentally dropped while we worked. After the project was complete, we hung the old bed clothes on the line to air out. After the smell dissipated, we simply folded the large rags and put them back on the shelf to wait for the next project.

By using old bed clothes for drop cloths, you keep the material out of the land fill a little longer. You save money by not having to buy drop cloths. The rag drop cloths should be more durable than what you can buy at the store and last longer. Reusing those large worn out bed coverings saves you money which means you reap greater riches!