Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cleanliness is next to.....

"You know how you throw your jacket on a chair at the end of the day? Well, like that, except instead of a chair, it's a pile of garbage. And instead of a jacket, its a pile of garbage. And instead of the end of the day, it's the end of time, and garbage is all that has survived!"

"I couldn't sleep knowing that just outside my bedroom is our living room and just outside our living room is that hallway and immediately adjacent to that hallway is this!"

Apparently, the previous owner of our new home never met dirt she didn't like. And has no idea where the "cleaning" aisle is at HEB.

We have moved everything into the new house (Thank you Adam, Mandy, Josiah, and Parker!) but haven't unpacked a single thing because it's so filthy. I mean, we have stuff piled on top of furniture so we don't have to set it on the ground. And nothing touches the walls. Because every. single. surface. of that place will have to be scoured before I'm convinced I won't contract something from it. Some of it is so far gone, it'll be easier to replace/paint over than try to get clean. We'll be painting every wall, door, and piece of molding. Awesome.

Today, I decided to start with the master bathroom. I figured I would want to get clean and couldn't do that in that bathroom. It seriously reminded me of the bathrooms at Camp Liahona (YW girl's camp from a decade ago. Yuck).

First, I went to HEB and wiped out their cleaning supply section. Seriously, I grabbed about 10 different products because I wasn't sure which one would be up to the task. Mandy graciously came over to help me and we hit that bathroom hard for 2.5 hours. Ya, you read that right. And while it looks better, it's still not up to Erika/Mandy standards.

The shower had pink mold growing all over it. I think I may get sick just from inhaling mold as I cleaned. I cleaned every inch of the shower three times, with three different products.

While it looks amazingly better before, none of these were able to get rid of ALL the soapy scum film on the glass. Any other suggestions?

The floors, the tub, the baseboards, the doors, the mirror, the sink and counter, and the cabinets are all infinitely cleaner now.

One room down, 11 to go. Oh my.

Bonus points if you can identify the two quotes I threw out at the beginning!  


  1. Ew. I totally forgot how nasty the bathrooms at camp liahona were. Thanks for reminding me I guess?

    My only suggestion comes from having a literal white glove BYU apartment inspection every month my sophmore year of college. 409 the shower & tile and while it's still wet, douse it in comet powder. Make it green with comet! Then walk away. Clean something else for at least a half hour. Then come back and rinse it all off with hot water and go over it with a magic eraser. This worked miracles on tubs...(still does!) but you can only try with the shower right? Best of Luck!

  2. Awesome! Thanks Jess, I'll try that.

  3. Bonus points attempt:

    Friends and Big Bang Theory.

  4. Wow, I'm surprised none of those products did the trick! How sad that you move into a house you have to clean! Did the previous owners smoke perhaps plus just never really clean? Good luck!

  5. If I were you, I would totally just hire a maid for one day to get it done.

  6. I was just going to say it's worth the $150 (probably less) it'd cost to have maids come and clean.

    I've heard vinegar works on water spots... but soap scum... eesh.

    What? Camp LIahona was clean as a whistle! ;)