Sandbox forum: cleaning tools - better than chocolate!

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Name: Rosie
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 27, 2016 10:10 AM CST
I am always interested in things that help make those tough jobs bearable.
May have to expand

Rubbermaid..hime depot $5.99

Here is my latest
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jun 27, 2016 11:32 AM CST
What is it? Gene
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 27, 2016 12:54 PM CST
A scrub brush ..with a built in tiny brush. It is great for that corner /spot where the vertical shower wall meets the floor .. Even has ridges to stabilize the finger.

You have to be in charge of shower scrubbing to understand. 😊
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People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jun 27, 2016 1:42 PM CST
Well, just when the world seems to be in chaos (Brexit,) which seems to be often lately. I'm glad to see someone getting excited over a scrub brush. I can remember getting excited about smaller, simpler things than that myself. Gene
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GrammaChar
Jun 27, 2016 1:51 PM CST
Because I'm thrifty (notice I didn't say 'cheap'), I save all of my old toothbrushes. I put a big black X on them with a Sharpie, and find that they are super cleaning tools - especially for hummingbird feeders. I also make sure never store them close to the bathroom sink where I might accidentally grab one to brush my teeth that has been re-purposed to scrub the dog dish. Green Grin!
Nifty little "scum-buster" you got there, Rosie!
GrammaChar
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froggardener
Jun 27, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Ooh, love the shape of the big one!! Thanks Rosie
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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 27, 2016 4:12 PM CST
I keep trying to find good shower ones..the last I Bought - before this one - was a real bust.

Gramma..I guess I could save the toothbrushes to clean the tough spots But in a pinch I grab the hubbys electric! 😳

Seriously, I have been using the old toothbrushes but the angle with the length of the handle was making me hit my knuckles. This handle is shorter and the actual brush is broader.

Gene..I am thrilled to all get out about this. I would rather it than a nice bauble and that is the truth. Re Brexit...well...... That may teach a lesson to those who vote on the basis of soundbites.
Turns out the veal that was promised is cheap chuck! We got many a situation here in the good ole USA of pork masquerading as filet.

My best fav cleaning tool is a 4 pound Shark cleaner ..light as a feather and great suction..
I love the steamer too... Of course there is my meat hammer that pounds the dust out of the hepa filter real well....and the wooly duster gets the metal grate over the air conditioning vent super good..saves the fingers..then there is the flat paint stirrer..its end is covered with packing tape turned backwards..stickyside out....PERFECT for sliding deeply into the dryer vent to get those fuzzies the screen lets past.
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GrammaChar
Jun 27, 2016 5:33 PM CST
Okay, I'm stealing that dryer vent idea. Genius!
Here's another "invention":

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Yup, a mascara brush. Wash well (you can use an x-ed out toothbrush to get off all of the makeup). Perfect for cleaning the ports on hummingbird feeders.

GrammaChar
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Jun 27, 2016 6:53 PM CST
I just throw clorox in there and let it sit Whistling . Once everything is white, i do a very good rinse, clorox is very slippery. I do have a scrub brush that very shape, for the pool tile. That point is nice, and the fat end lets you put some good pressure.

O yea, dryer vent idea coming here too...and the hummer feeder cleaner. Paper towels and toothpicks just dont do it.
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 27, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Now that is a stroke of genius.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 27, 2016 9:26 PM CST
Though our shower area is just a year old, we never have any mold. And in the Houston area, that says a lot. I used shower sprays religiously on the stainless steel, the tile all over. Then I tried making my own. This one seems to be working just fine.
http://www.themakeyourownzone.com/2013/07/homemade-daily-sho...
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GrammaChar
Jun 27, 2016 9:34 PM CST
Thank You! I'll try it!
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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 27, 2016 9:38 PM CST
I don't get mold..made sure the shower well vented with an open top wall..an industrial fan with high cfm and a french casement window....past experience with lots of mold. My problem is iron in the water ..stains the grout..lots of work to keep unstained.
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 27, 2016 9:48 PM CST
Then bleach shouldn't be used on iron stains. We get the occasional iron in our water. If you happen to be doing laundry, the whites, it will ruin your clothes. Ask me how I know this? Our Ace Hardware has a powder that gets rid of iron stains. A blue plastic bottle about 9" tall? But now I see they sell all kinds of iron stain removers, in liquid forrm so you can spray it on, like Iron Out at Walmart. Maybe that will help you with less elbow grease?
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 27, 2016 9:51 PM CST
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Summit-Brands-LI0616PN-Liquid-Iron...
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Name: pam
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gardenglory
Jun 28, 2016 7:39 AM CST
Thank goodness we dont have iron, that is the worst to clean. When we had a well, I really fought that in Tampa.
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 28, 2016 8:29 AM CST
We bought a filter it backflushes and what not ( ??? )
It works well...plus the wellpipe was sunk real low and was picking up sand??? Anyway, it was iron colored also..red clay??

I asked two well guys out and told them to lift the pipe. Both said a waste of $$. Would not help.

Well, about 9 months or so ago the pump quit. We had to replace piping and the pump...

Gues what??? Water cleared.. He lifted that pipe about 75 feet!! SIXTEEN YEARS I had been asking for this 😆
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
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MISSINGROSIE
Jun 28, 2016 8:34 AM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:Then bleach shouldn't be used on iron stains. We get the occasional iron in our water. If you happen to be doing laundry, the whites, it will ruin your clothes. Ask me how I know this? Our Ace Hardware has a powder that gets rid of iron stains. A blue plastic bottle about 9" tall? But now I see they sell all kinds of iron stain removers, in liquid forrm so you can spray it on, like Iron Out at Walmart. Maybe that will help you with less elbow grease?


Cheryl, are you saying use a laundry spray on the grout??

I am always afraid to spray on tile because sometimes it leaves permanent streaks..not sure if in the minerals ON the tile from buildup or actually on tile... I use baking soda in a shower cleaner (mild ) and scrub and the tile is nace and smooth

I even tiled the ceiling. He old bsth had MOLD on the sheetrock ceiling. Poor design..that space was totally enclosed.


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Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Jul 2, 2016 5:12 PM CST
I know someone who lives in Houston, TX and describes it as the most humid city in the USA. Probably a stretch? Gene

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