Friday, May 1, 2015

Deep Cleaning: Part 1

This weekend I went on a deep cleaning frenzy in my home. Okay...maybe not a frenzy but given my track record, deep cleaning even one thing in my home is worth bragging about. It was quite the experience and I learned some lessons in the art of scrubbing.

Link: How to Clean a Porcelain Sink
Products: Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bar Keeper's Friend Soft Cleanser
Method: First, half an hour of dishes due to pile up. I'm only human. Second, scrub with baking soda. Scrub some more with peroxide. Rinse. Scrub with cleanser. Rinse. Done.

My sink takes a beating washing dishes since I don't have a dishwasher. Here's the before pictures:

Baking soda is a phenominal scrubber. I've tried to use soap to clean this sink many times. It removed the basic spots, but the sink still looked gross and it was NOT clean. Baking soda worked it's magic and scrubbed off what regular soap couldn't, which was pretty much everything. It erased the black marks that were so generously spread throughout my porcelain sink. I didn't think those marks would ever come off. Boy, was I wrong!

The combination of baking soda and peroxide took care of the black marks but there were some stubborn marks in the corners of the sink and the bottom was still yellow. A few drops of the cleanser later and kiss them goodbye! This stuff is amazing. If you don't already have it, you need to get some. Now.

Products: Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide
Method: Mix paste. Apply to burners. Let sit. Scrub. Rinse. Done.

Next, I took on the stove top. In the link, it doesn't tell you to let the paste sit but I did for good measure. I had let the peroxide sit for 15 minutes in the sink. Figured it couldn't hurt to do the same here. Again, baking soda wielded it's magic powers and my burners are now significantly less disgusting to look at.

The bottom right one was the most disgusting. Out of the four, it gets the most use. Sure, it's not perfect but it looks way better! I tried the cleanser on these as well after the mixture but didn't notice much of a difference. I'd stick with just the baking soda and peroxide for this job.

And now for part 2: Deep Cleaning: Part 2

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