If we want to be the Queen of our Palace, we all have to be a Cinderella some times! I grew up on a farm where we did everything based on a yearly calendar, I'm a creature of habit so every late Spring and Summer I get in the mood to do a Clean-athon. I had to get clever this year during my ultimate cleaning spree because I had some unusual dilemmas that required brain power to figure out a hack to resolve each one. They all worked, so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you on the blog. Hopefully they will stimulate your thinking if you find yourself in a bind like I did. God loves our ingenuity, after all we are made in the image of the almighty, powerful Creator. Because of that, we are creative! Listed below are my new cleaning discoveries and my newest appliance recommendation.
First, My New Number One Recommended Cleaning Appliance: Scunci Steam Cleaner
If you've never heard of it, let me tell you, it's amazing! It basically uses hot steam to clean almost anything. It also replaces a large amount of chemicals in your home that are harmful to the human body and the atmosphere. It simply uses hot steam to clean your surfaces and water safe fabrics. The Scunci cleans mirrors, stove top cooked on food, silk plants, lamp shades, hard to clean stains from floors and cabinets, sinks, and even toilet seats. The list goes on and on. Below, I share two things it resolved for me during my Clean-athon. I couldn't have made it without it!
Where do I get one?
You can find the Scunci on Amazon, but do a web search for the best price. I bought mine at Big Lots for a lot less. They cost around a hundred dollars at Amazon, but when you take into consideration all the things they clean and all the cleaning products you get rid of, they are worth the initial cost. Here's my first hack, they disinfect the door knobs and all things "touched" after someone in our family has had an illness. *As with any hot steam product, be careful when operating and keep out the reach of children. Don't touch the tip of the steamer either because it is very hot once the steam has been initiated.
My Favorite Cinderella Cleaning hacks from this years Clean-athon!
Black Skid Marks on your Doors or Walls
Solution: Take a slightly damp rag with texture to it and a tiny bit of "wall patch". (pick this up at your favorite DIY warehouse like Lowe's or Home Depot) Put a small amount on the rag, about the size of an English pea depending on the size of the mark. Using the rag, gently rub the black marks away. They typically come right off. Next, take a separate damp rag and wipe away the wall patch residue. It should leave the area almost as good as new saving you from having to touch up the paint!
Scuffs & Scratches on Furniture
Solution: You can pick up a "Furniture Marker" set at your local "At Home" store. They keep them up front near the cash registers. You might also find them on line. I paid around $10 for mine. They usually come in a pack of three colors of light, medium, and dark stain. Test the marker to see which color is best for your piece of furniture. Try it on a spot unseen before using it on areas that can be seen. I find it works to have a paper towel handy and as you color the scratch with the marker, wipe away the excess around the scratch and wallah, the scratches should be unnoticeable!
Canvas Art with a Stretched Area, Bulging or Sunken In
Solution: Lay the piece of art on a flat, clean surface so the canvas rests face down and flat on the surface. Take a hot, damp cloth or better yet use a clothes steamer if you have one. Slightly wet the stretched area with the hot rag or steam it with a clothes steamer. As it dries, it should return to its' original shape. (too bad it's not that easy with bulging places after 50!)
Dusty Silk Floral Arrangements
Solution: You have two choices. There's a product available at the "At Home" store called Silk Flower Cleaner you simply spray on and let dry and it dissolves the dust and debris away. I prefer their aerosol version versus the regular spray bottle. The second choice the Scunci Steamer Cleaner. Use it to steam off the dust right off silk floral arrangements. I take them outside to the patio, spray them with the Scunci. Next, I let them dry for a few minutes before returning them to their location. Make sure the bottom of the planter or pot is dry and clean before returning it back to your furniture.
Hard to Clean Staircase Railing or Spindles with Design Elements
Solution: I have what I refer to as swirly stair spindles. They're beautiful to look at, but I couldn't clean the dust out of the swirly decorative design in the middle of the spindle to save my life. It's too small for hands or a rag to reach. The Scunzi can blow and steam all the dust away. They look like new! Hand rails on stairs can also be hard to clean because ,as their name implies, they are meant for hands. That means they also get covered with skin oil causing a film to develop. The Scunci removes this film as well.
Remember, it's okay to be a Cinderella every now and then. Men long for peace in the kingdom. Keeping it tidy and clean is one way Cinderella's keep their fellas!
*If you have any cleaning hacks you want to share, please message me on instagram or via this blog site. I'd love to hear from you!