Usually I am a fan of quick cleaning. My Pinterest boards are full of pins about cleaning the house in 5 minutes a day, schedules to keep me on task, etc. (Are you with me?) Cleaning is definitely NOT my favorite thing. But living in a dirty mess is also NOT my favorite thing.
What is a girl to do?
For a few months I was doing an internship and lived in community with other interns. The house we lived in was paid for by the organization. The was in the hood of a big city. and it was a mess. Like, spagetti sauce on the walls, mildew on the ceiling, scum on the floor kind of mess. Yuck!
While my roommate worked on the walls, I took it upon myself to clean up the floors.
A broom did not clean it up.
A mop did not clean it up.
A Swiffer did not clean it up.
There was no quick fix that would make those floors clean. Agh!
So what did I use instead? — elbow grease. Using an all-purpose cleaner, a brillo pad, and my muscles, I scrubbed those floors cleaner than the original tiles. Ain’t she a beaut?
(I would not suggest using a brillo pad on all floors, as it may cause damage, since these floors where old and ruin anyway, I went for it)
What did I learn through this process?
- Sometimes cleaning takes time.
- Elbow grease is one of the most important cleaning products you own.
- Cleaning can equal exercise.
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