Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Works For Me Wednesday-Cleaning Tips

Hey everyone! I've seen 'Works For Me Wednesday' on a few blogs and thought it was a fun idea. I won't be posting it every week, only when I have something to share and the topics will vary...

I can guarantee that you won't find many cleaning tips coming from me! My specialty would be helping you make a mess, especially in the kitchen. (More on that in my next post and it involves powdered sugar and a mixer:@) But here are a few things that work for me and may just be helpful to you too.

  • Ever notice how much steam is given off when you microwave a potato? This is the easiest way to clean your microwave! Take your potato(es) out for the "rest" period and while waiting simply wipe down the inside of the microwave. I promise you, it doesn't get any easier!
  • Keep an old toothbrush at the sink-ok, a new one for those that are eebied! They work great for cleaning the grill plates of George Foreman type grills. After grilling, unplug and place 2 wet paper towels across the surface of the grill, close the lid and enjoy your dinner (yes it's hot, yes it will sizzle, as long as the grill is unplugged don't worry about it). When it's time to do the dishes (provided you don't leave them overnight) that toothbrush and soapy water will clean the plates with no effort! I use old toothbrushes for anything that has an odd shape like the beautiful curves and dips on the edges of my Fenton Silvercrest, the rims of my tires, or to clean the holes on the inside of my Dyson vacuum.
  • Keep a squeeze bottle of bleach at the kitchen sink, like those red and yellow condiment ones, mine is clear from Walmart. This is such a great tip for helping to keep things sanitary if you don't have an automatic dishwasher. My dish washer's name is Lynn and she really needs to be replaced, but has been with the family forever... I have a tub in my sink that I fill with sudsy water and add a squirt of bleach each time.  If I had a Cricut I'd add a cool skull and cross bone to the bottle:@). Bleach may be controversial but all I can say is, it's used in food service and that works for me. Please note: I don't have any little kids to worry about right now.
So there you have it, cleaning tips from Pig In Mud, bet you're as surprised as me!
Have a happy day:@)


  1. Great tips! Love the idea of the bleach bottle! Sounds like you have a very faithful dishwasher! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  2. I like your toothbrush ideas. I am like you, likely to make a bit of a mess, potting plants and planting seeds for one thing! On the kitchen table.

  3. Thanks for the tips! I use a toothbrush often but never thought of the beach in a bottle. Great!

  4. Great tips. I have a toothbrush that I use to clean all sorts of tings. Especially the hard to get to areas around my faucets.

  5. Great tips.. i too keep a few old toothbrushes in the cab over the sink. We've been using a bleach/water spray bottle for years to sanitize the whole kitchen.
    I also spray it on our fresh veggies to scrub them before for use.. rince them first, of course lol

  6. Hi Lynn,
    Great tips. I keep old toothbrushes everywhere. They are also great for cleaning around the bathroom sink faucets.
    Like the idea of keeping a bottle of bleach water at the kitchen sink.

    Keep it up and we will all be sparkling clean!!!!


  7. I might just copycat your copycat idea of "Works for me Wednesday". Your tips are wonderful, and my favorite is actually the bleach in the squirt bottle. That's a super one. I don't have kids around here either, and plus, my husband's other woman is bleach. He's infatuated with her. He would totally go for this.

  8. I have a toothbrush in every bathroom, laundry room & kitchen ...they are fab for those wee corner & spots. I even use them on the woodwork corners.

    Love that strawberry ... yum.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  9. i love that your dishwasher has a name! :)

  10. Great tips!!! Love the potato one the best, now I won't have to use the lemon in the water routine. - I have a bottle of white vinegar by the sink, a bit stinky but the smell goes away. xo

  11. Love the tip for the bleach bottle. Thanks for the motivation!

    Susan and Bentley

  12. Here's my tip: Hire a cleaning person!! Sorry, just couldn't resist.


  13. Thanks for your tips, and what a lovely purple tulip! Have a glorious day, Lynn!

  14. Thanks for the tips, Lynn! I keep a spray bottle of bleach and water in the bathroom to wipe things down between big cleanings. I love bleach!


  15. Lynn, I use a tooth brush all th time for various things. I cannot use bleach as it makes me ill to smell it so I use Mrs. Meyers basil all purpose cleaner to clean with. I will rarely bleach some moldy objects but will be sick after that. Your package shipped yesterday says Joe-he is my mailman. hugs, olive

  16. so simple and so helpful!! thanks...I could use as many tips as I can get!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  17. Just happened upon your adorable blog. I had hoped, when I scrolled through your first few posts that maybe Earl makes an appearance in every post...he certainly is cute. Loved these tips and the break you gave me perusing your blog :)

    amy @


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