March Madness

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Don't worry. This post isn't about college basketball or brackets. Ick. (Sorry, Dad. I know you tried.)
If you know me at all, you know I love to clean. I'm a bit of a freak about deep scrubbing, throwing crap away, and Swiffering to my heart's content. So, as you can imagine, spring cleaning is my own little version of March madness....I just (unfortunately) won't ever win a pool at work for it. Travesty, I know.

With this year's round of spring cleaning well under way, I got to thinking about some things I do throughout the year to prevent a germ infestation in my home and bodwod. When we first got married, Grahm thought I was the weirdest gal ever for constantly replacing things we already had. "Umm, babe? We already have all this stuff."

Like my husband, you may think replacing these items in your home is a waste of money, but I assure you that a few bucks here and there are well worth it. After all, cleanliness is next to godliness... or something like that.
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1. Toothbrushes: If you're not replacing this one, I have no words for you. Remind me not to kiss you any time soon. I buy Grahm and I new toothbrushes once a month, and really, I would switch to every other week but the husband struggles with remembering which color is his with the constant change ups. The germs in your mouth and on the brush are too numerous to count, even if you think you've thoroughly rinsed it out. Your basically brushing with last week's cheeseburger remains. And if your toothbrush is anywhere near your toilet, you're essentially brushing with what you're dropping in the pot. Read about it. You'll be forever changed. Put those things in a drawer, and replace them frequently.t

2. Toilet Brushes: I replace these once a month as well. When I clean our toilets once a week, I try to use the brush as little as possible, but there are some places that it's a tad unavoidable. I'm assuming I don't need to tell you what you're dropping in the bowl; and if your house is anything like ours, then your royal throne is getting plenty of action. In other words, that brush is seeing some hard time and you don't exactly want those "hard times" to be passed on to each and every cleaning. At least I don't. I'll throw my cheap brushes in a bucket of bleach a few times prior to buying new ones, but there are some things even bleach can't eliminate. Yikes.
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3. Dish Scrubbers: Grahm doesn't really understand this one, but I stand by my obsession with changing out our dish scrubbers and sponges every other month. These get disgusting just sitting in your sink and getting unwanted food off your plates and pans. Bacteria, baby, and it ain't pretty. Throw these in the dishwish a few times before you buy new ones. But seriously, replace these frequently. You eat off those plates, people.

4. Dish Towels: These I don't exactly replace, but I wash more than fat fanny. I'm a huge advocate for having one zillion rolls of paper towels (pipe down, you environmentalists) and lots of wipes everywhere around the house. If you're not washing these after just a couple of uses, I'd reconsider. I mean, wouldn't it be nice to dry your clean dishes with a, oh I don't know, clean towel?
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5. Shower Liners: This one seems a bit obvious to me, but I know people who have moved with their shower liners from house to house. Crazy cheapwads. I clean these every time I clean the shower (once a week), and I replace them every few months. They're more expensive and a bit of a pain to put back on, however, I prefer to scrub my bodwod without being stared down by the gunk that's accumulated over every wash. Not to mention I shed like a corgi in heat.
So moral of the story?


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26 comments:

Chrissy said...

FINALLY! Evidence that hubs needs to let me replace his toothbrush and the shower liner!

Emily said...

As I'm reading this I'm remembering the look on my husband's face last week when I switched the shower liner out for the third time since we moved in. New (and clean) is always better, amen!

Megan said...

I'm constantly washing my dishtowels! & a new tooth brush just feels better, cleaner (obviously.

Amy said...

YES!!! my shower liner is currently DISGUSTING because i haven't changed it, it has to happen NOW!
i used to be a HUGE clean freak, i'm trying to get back on the train!

Tori G said...

couldn't agree with you more...on ALL of those!

Julie @ Just the Joy's said...

I buy toothbrushes in bulk to make it a little more convienent when switching them out. Clean dish towels (and scrubbers) are a must! The hubs argues with me terribly about it! I always tell him, do YOU wash the dishes or do the laundry??! NOPE! So zip it! ;) I'm with you 110% on all of these!! And I'm pretty relieved to know I'm not the only crazy cleaning lady! :)

Jay T said...

Oh my gosh... the toothbrushes! And the towels! And EVERYTHING. how do people not understand this??? I've had roommates who couldn't care less about these things and it makes me cringe thinking about it.

Melissa Knott said...

Oh my gosh I think I love you. Is that weird? I read this and I was like "OH MY GOSH SHE'S ME!!". My husband reads your page sometimes because I tell him some of your funny tales and I'd be surprised if he didn't come home and say "you and Jena must know each other". In fact, just YESTERDAY I was telling our daycare director (for whatever reason) that I'm not entirely sure how many times a year I spring clean. It's maybe in the double or triple digits. I may have even offered to clean HER house when she was explaining the disarray that exists there (the horror!). I may or may not have offended her. But it's the Mrs. Clean in me. No shame.

Katie said...

shoot. now i feel totally disgusting as I fail at too many of these to name. time to do some replacing.

Blayne Royse said...

For shame on those paper towels Jena Marie!! For shame!!

Come clean my house.

Miss you :)

Rachael Loomis said...

Amen to the dish sponges! My parents do not understand it and think that the nasty rotten bacteria growing smell is normal. I always throw them out! I use a scrub brush, because they last so much longer and never get smelly.

Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner said...

My mother always used a dishcloth instead of a sponge and used a new one everyday so I feel the same way about sponges. I replace them at least once a month and always run them through the dishwasher. And I like the Clorox toilet bowl wand that you can pop the end off and throw it in the trash. And paper towels? We go through them like nobody's business. I cloth diaper and recycle like a lunatic but probably use enough paper towels for 5 people.

Kalen said...

I get so freaked if anything drops in the sink-I immediately throw it in the dishwasher. Oh and the toilet thing? That is why I put the seat down EVERYTIME. You don't want poo particles flying everywhere! I flush with the lid down. Only way to go.

Ashley said...

Agree with all of these! I am with you about wanting to replace my toothbrush every week..but I do it about once a month like you.

Kelsey Eaton said...

I could just hug you for posting this. amen amen amen amen!! I can't stand toothbrushes for more than a couple weeks and I refuse to use dish towels. Germ haven. Also my toothbrush gets locked up in a drawer or medicine cabinet. You do not want to know how many clorox wipes I go through :-)

Whitney M. @ The Married Me said...

Did you know that you can throw shower curtain liners in your washing machine with a little detergent and they come out like new??

Just don't put them in the dryer!! Rehang them straight out of the washer!

Nicole - Craft My Soul said...

GREAT post! As usual, on the nail! I had no idea about the toilet bowl cleaners. MAKES SENSE though! Should have! So happy for you and your little family. - Nicole www.craftmysoul.blogspot.com

The Lady Okie said...

There's no response I can give that won't likely horrify you. You probably should come over and help me clean my apt. I need help.

Whitney H said...

I'm watching HIMYM right now so that gif is perfect. I change our dish scrubbers super often as well. I need to do the toothbrushes more often!!

Alexa said...

Annnnd you're so my spirit animal. Bless Glenn's heart, clean "freak" doesn't even cover the level of obsession I have with our house being spotless at all times and replacing things often so they don't get gross. I'm a real treat of a roomie! But yes yes yes, to everything you said. Dish sponges don't last often in this house, not from lack of use (dishes also don't ever sit for more than a few hours... Hi, OCD) but because they are SO disgusting. And the toothbrush thing, I just can't even. Glad I'm not alone in my obsession!

Sarah @ 90 Percent Blonde... said...

Beau always questions why I throw our sponge away every few weeks... Finally, someone who feels the same! The only one out of these I do not do is the toilet brush one since I guess I never thought of it. You bet I'm buying a new on my way home though!

Ashley @ ThisUnscriptedLife said...

The toothbrush thing really creeps me out. I watched Myth Busters once and they found that the only way to really protect your toothbrush is to put it in one of those plastic toothbrush tubes and put it in a drawer. however that doesn't let your brush dry out very well leading to...mold. So poop or mold? take your pick... yuck!

-Danica- said...

Okay so I have something that will change your life - Norwex products. They. Are. Amazing. You need to see a demonstration of them to get the full effect but basically with their cloths you can clean and sanitize your house with a damp cloth and THATS IT. It has to do with their tiiiiiiiny fibers and the antibacterial silver that it's woven with but its incredible. look it up!

Kayla MKOY said...

I almost don't feel worthy of commenting. LOL! I am SO bad about some of this stuff, one thing I DO always replace though is our shower liner. When I see a HINT of mildew I'm like NOPE --replaced ;) you'd be proud though, I just bought us new tooth brushes!!

I wish I was better about this stuff! Time to get on it! :) thanks for the reminder.

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

I love this list! You're so stinkin' cute.

Lauren @ One Sweet Fairytale said...

i totally agree about replacing all these things, but i probably try to replace them once every 3 months instead. i'm also big into cleaning things like rugs, bed spreads, curtains, etc around the same time. it just makes me feel better.