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As much as we clean before the holidays the after holiday clean up can be even more daunting.
Last week my sons and I took down our tree, our first live tree, and oh my goodness the needles. Thankfully, the tips I shared before Christmas on How-To Clean Up Pine Needles worked like a charm (the rubber broom worked amazingly well at grabbing most of the needles from the carpeting). After the tree was gone, I got the bug to move things around, clear the clutter from my desk and hang some new decor on the walls. Once I started to measure things up and pick where I wanted to place things I realized how dirty the walls were. Blech!
While shopping at Kroger last week I bought two packages of Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths. I had never tried them before but right now there is an In-Store Clip Strip Offer (no coupon needed) to save $1.50 off a 2-pack. I picked up a package of gray and another of navy. My goal was to use these in the kitchen for scrubbing up messes – you can check the bottom of this post for how well they worked to get rid of a big mess left in the kitchen by my sons– but after cleaning the dishes with them, I got the idea to use them on my walls.
They’re machine washable and dryable so no worries about cross-contamination; use them, toss them in the washer, dry them and use them again – NO WASTE!
My walls are dry wall with a washable paint and this worked great for my needs. Before using these tips test the method on a small area that’s out of sight.
I really liked using the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths for this. The cloths are non-scratch, have scrubbing power provided by the scrubbing dots with wiping and drying functions. It’s everything you want in a cleaning cloth.
How to Wash Walls in 5 Easy Steps
First, remove artwork and other objects from your wall. If possible, remove nails so you start with a smooth surface.
Dust baseboards using the smooth side of the Scotch-Brite cloth.
If you will be washing areas that you cannot easily reach, attach the cloth, smooth side out, to any sweeper floor mop. The Scotch-Brite Cloth fits perfectly. Starting at the top of the wall begin wiping the wall working your way from top to bottom. You will be surprised at how much dust there is on your cloth. Once you have completely wiped the dust and dust bunnies from the wall, rinse out your cloth with fresh, clean water. Mix your cleaning solution in a bucket: 1/4 cup white vinegar to one quart of warm water. Always test your homemade cleaning solution on a small and inconspicuous area first before using. You’re going to want to use two buckets; one with the cleaning solution and another with clean water.
Place the Scotch-Brite Cloth into the solution, squeeze it out well and start washing. Squeezing out the cloth well is an important step; while cleaning your walls you don’t want to make a mess with water dripping down walls and/or on to the floor. Start at the top of the wall and work your way down doing so in small sections. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Once you have thoroughly cleaned one section (top to bottom), using the cloth that is in the fresh clean water, squeeze water out from the cloth and go over the section of wall you just washed.
*Note, if you need a little extra scrubbing action switch from the smooth side of the dish cloth to the scrubbing dots side.
Now, take a DRY Scotch-Brite dish cloth (I’m glad I bought Two 2-packs) and dry the wall you just washed and rinsed then move on to another section of the wall replacing water as needed so you always have both clean solution and clean water for rinsing.
Once done, stand back and enjoy the clean walls!
So now for what started my love of Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths – how well they performed in the kitchen.
My husband has been in the hospital so my sons are helping out with dinners, etc. I made a pot of chili the other day for them to eat while I was gone for a visit with my husband. Once the guys were done eating they waited for the chili to cool, put it away in a smaller container in the refrigerator and left the pot on the stove…..all night. They also decided to have some homemade garlic bread with their chili and left the cookie sheet for me to clean as well. I didn’t mind them leaving the dishes for me to clean I just wish they had soaked the pot for me. Lesson learned for all of us….tell them so they know! Now, they know. 😉
Check out the photos below to see how quickly and effectively the scrubbing power of the Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths worked.
Here’s the chili pot the morning after. I was not looking forward to cleaning it but I didn’t have a choice!
I added some soap and water and let the pot sit for about 3 minutes and then started to scrub.
In no time the pot was perfectly clean!
Next up, the stove top
The above are my stove top before’s – my stove is over 30 years old so it’s pretty worn but I like to keep it clean. I didn’t clean it the night I got home but instead waited until the next morning.
I thought it was going to be hard to get off the burnt on mess but the Scotch-Brite Dish Clothes made it so easy!
The above are the after’s – clean with all the chili mess gone!