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Re: Way OT

I read about those bathrooms too, years ago. I think it was more of a sanitation process rather than a wet cleaning. But some of it would have to be a wet cleaning wouldn't it?

When I had my laminate floors put in the first week of July I had to do a complete cleaning of 3 bedrooms & 6 closets after pulling up all that carpet. Then of course, painting walls and woodwork. The dressing room and spare room came out perfectly, but the Pearl Violet I'd picked for my bedroom reminded me more of the lavender My Little Pony. So, once again I painted it Saturday, this time in a sort of rich plum color. Much better.

So for now, things are fairly clean around here. But there I still some things I can't find after moving so much stuff back and forth.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT

Well, the white vinegar will remove the soap scum and the getting rid of
moisture seems logical.  My deal is having something I would rather do.
This weekend I deep-cleaned my bedroom...what a lot of dust along the
edges...shows most cleaning was in the middle!!!  You would think with all
the inventions, there would be something easier to keep living space clean.
I once read about public bathrooms being installed that would clean like a
dishwasher but wondered what would be done with the papergoods and
electrical things...never did read or hear any more about it.

[Original Message]
From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 9/1/2008 4:07:18 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT

Thanks Bonnie,
While I do have a bit of mold or mildew over time, I believe most of my
problem is laziness and always having something else that needs doing.
problem is more soap scum and dirt than mold.  But I would think that if
followed these instructions for mold/mildew, I'd easily take care of the
dirt & soapscum.  Now, what do I do about the laziness?

Thanks for all the tips.  I never would have thought to run a
in a bathroom.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT

> You also might try dish detergent.  Bleach works but is unsafe in a
> bathroom.  I've included info from some websites that might help long
> term.
> One of them recommends vinegar with essential oils and vinegar with
> Control Bathroom Mold & Mildew Without The Use of Toxic Cleaners
> From Rebecca Reynolds, President of Green Clean, Inc.
> The strongest defense against mold and mildew is prevention.  In fact,
> is the strongest defense against any cleaning issue.
> In the case of mold and mildew in your bathroom, please consider doing
> following:
> Wipe down the shower walls and any moist area with a dry towel after
> shower. You can use a squeegee too, but the result must be a dry wall
> shower area.
> Don't leave that wet towel used from drying, any wet washcloths, or any
> wet
> towels at all for that matter in the bathroom. This may sound strange
> it is the wet towels and cloths that trap the most moisture in the
> bathroom
> and create a mini terrarium for bacteria and mold to grow. Taking the
> towels out of the bathroom helps reduce the moisture greatly. You can
> them out to dry or in a particularly dry room.
> Make sure you use the exhaust fan for a minimum of a half hour after
> shower. Moisture droplets linger in the bathroom for some time and
> removing
> them will reduce many issues from mold to wallpaper lifting. While you
> at it, make sure your fan is properly vented to the outside and NOT to
> attic. Many home owners have had serious mold issues in their home due
> faulty fan installation.
> If you have a window in the bathroom, open this as well. The faster the
> moisture leaves the better.
> In winter time, close the bathroom door while running the fan or
> the window, then roll a towel and place under the door to avoid heat
> Set a timer to remember to turn the fan off, or better yet, install a
> timer
> on your bathroom fan and instruct the entire family on how to use it.
> Spray your shower with white distilled vinegar, with ten drops per > spray
> bottle of each of the following essential oils: Tea Tree, Lavender,
> and Oregano.
> Avoid spraying on the floor to avoid possible slipping.
> If you have mold in the silicone strip around your tub and shower wall,
> remove the silicone with a putty knife. Clean the area with straight
> distilled vinegar, dry , and reseal.
> If you have mold in your grout, make a paste of Castile Soap, and > Borax. > Apply with a toothbrush and let sit for a half hour. Rinse and repeat > if
> necessary.
> Open the shade and let the light in. Natural sun light is one of the
> room cleaners God ever created.
> Make weekly bathroom cleaning and daily touch ups a part of your > regular
> schedule. It is far better to clean as you go then to face a huge mold
> issue.....and remember mold is serous stuff. When cleaning mold always
> were
> a mask over your mouth, goggles, gloves, and if you can throw some
> in your ears all the better. Mold looks for ways to enter your body and
> orifice is an easy in.
> Consider moving to a washable shower curtain, similar to the kind they
> in hotels. There are many Eco friendly designs out there now. Moving
> vinyl shower curtains will reduce not only the moisture in the shower
> since
> vinyl does not breathe well and holds heat and moisture in, it will
> how toxic your shower is. Also, consider installing a hook, even the
> suction hooks now on the market work great and do not take any > handyman/
> handywoman skills to install. When you are done with your shower, give
> curtain a good shake and hang off of the floor on a hook to dry. This
> reduces your mold, mildew, and cleaning issues resulting in bacteria
> trapped behind the wet and soap curtain. Lastly, wash your shower
> weekly. Just like your towel, the curtain needs weekly washing to > remove
> dirt, soap, bacteria, and mold spores.
> Add a shower filter to your shower head. Shower filters not only > protect
> your body from chlorine and other toxic chemicals in your water, they
> reduce mineral build up, and allow you to rinse away soap easier both > in
> the shower and on your body.
> Rebecca specializes in helping others solve their cleaning issues
> the use of toxic products. For more information, please visit her
> Green Clean, Inc.
> http://www.mold-removal.biz/mold-in-bathroom.htm
> Why You Need Mold Removal In Your Bathroom
> The biggest reason you have mold and mildew in your bathroom is most
> likely
> the humidity. When you have a shower this may cause alot of humidity.
> The humididty is the single biggest cause of black mold and mildew. So
> order to get rid of black mold in the bathroom, I would recommend you
> a fan that can circulate the air and keep the humidity down.
> If you have a fan and still see mold growing, then you may need some > air
> circulation in the room. You have two options
> Place a A/C vent in the bathroom (May Be Expensive)
> Put dehumidifier in the bathroom
> Either way you will need to circulate air into the bathroom
> In many cases, you can tell you have a humidity problem by looking at
> surfaces of your walls. If they appear to sweat after about 30 minutes
> from
> using the shower. This means you are not decreasing the humidity in the
> bathroom.
> So in summart, from the best mold removal technique to clean bathroom
> mold
> Is get some air flow in your bathroom and try to circulate the air. Any
> build up of humidity is usually going to cause a mold problem. There > are
> natural cleaning products that will prevent black mold from growing on
> your
> bathroom walls.
> http://www.isnare.com/?aid=292034&ca=Home+Management
> How to kill mold in bathroom:
> However, nothing is impossible under the sun and you can definitely win
> the
> battle with those small microscopic organisms. Here are few tips that
> would
> help you control bathroom molds.
> -> Keep the place dry
> That should be the first point in your mold cleaning regimen. Steam and
> regular use of water make bathrooms humid and damp. It is difficult to
> make
> the place dry. Use a fan; this is an easy way to dry off bathrooms. You
> can
> also use portable dehumidifier.
> Now, when you are leaving house for a couple of days, you can keep a
> window open so that air can flow in and out. However, make sure keeping
> the
> bathroom window open is not risky from any other perspective!
> -> Switch on the lights
> Molds prefer dark places. So keep the lights on at least when the > floors
> are moist and reduce mold growth.
> Though the time is for energy saving, turn a low-powered light on in
> bathrooms when you are out for long.
> -> Take special care of bathtub, shower curtain and surrounding walls
> Bathtub is very much likely to catch molds and mildews. It gets wet and
> sustains moisture; and the buildup of organic materials makes the
> heaven for molds and mildews.
> Hence, apart from making it dry, you need to clean bathtub, bathroom
> floors, shower curtains and the surrounding walls frequently.
> You can use natural mold cleaning products and organic mold removers to
> clean bathroom floors. These products are quite easy to use. They not
> kill mold, but stops further mold growth and removes the musty odor as
> well. Organic black mold cleaners are free from side effects.
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 9/1/2008 12:40:52 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT
>> Typical 1960's tub with shower head, shower curtain. Fun little 4 inch
> tiles
>> with grout all around them to clean. I scrub them, scrub the grout w >> a
>> toothbrush, then try to figure out how to rinse since it's not a
> detachable
>> showerhead.  Here I am throwing pots of water at the wall, getting as
> much
>> on me as on the wall.
>> Vinegar & baking soda I could handle.  Will it remove the dark (mold?
>> mildew?) stuff on the grout?
>> Kitty
>> neIN, Zone 5
>> ----- Original Message ----- >> From: <holmesbm@usit.net>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 12:02 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT
>> > What is your shower made of?  Vinegar and baking soda works for many
>> > types...also glass cleaner if it is fiberglass.
>> >
>> >
>> >> [Original Message]
>> >> From: Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
>> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> >> Date: 9/1/2008 10:25:39 AM
>> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT
>> >>
>> >> I don't mind housecleaning, I just don't have time for it,
>> > this summer.
>> >>
>> >> I tried those bubble things and it didn't work here either. I guess
>> >> you have a shower instead of a tub they would. Just don't spray far
>> >> enough and IMHO basically all it was doing was spraying the cleaner
>> >> for
>> >> you. I still had to rinse/dry later as I didn't like the film that
>> >> left. (not that you could see it, but the next hot shower I could
>> >> smell
>> >> it) It is a nice concept tho of spraying cleaner every time so it
>> >> doesn't build up....but it is only going where your shower water
>> >> so stuff is still gonna build up on the top ledges etc...
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> With the high amount of time this summer needed for more important
>> >> things (family's health issues), I tried a maid service. It was a
>> >> disaster. They never closed a door to vacumn/wash a floor....
>> >> was only in the center of shelves, missed tons of stuff (claim to
>> >> wiped up the counters, but the coffee drip from the morning was
>> >> there!).....of course, I had DH here to greet them, but they came 2
>> >> hours early, so were long gone by the time I came home since I
>> >> planning on the that timing... I never would have paid them till
>> >> got the job done right. I complained to deaf ears and even emailed
>> >> them
>> >> some pictures and invited the supervior to stop in the next day and
>> >> see
>> >> for themselves....
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> I really wish I could find help for the gardens and houses. I need
>> >> someone to do the basic stuff and with the little time I have could
>> >> tackle the other projects....like recaulking windows etc....
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>   Donna
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
>> >>   I recall years ago during my 2nd marriage, trying to get my
> to
>> > do
>> >> anything. No way. He did concede that if I insisted, he would hire >> >> a
> maid
>> >> to do his half of the household chores. Of course I couldn't afford
>> >> the
>> >> other half, so in my mind that was equating me with maid service
and I
>> >> didn't like it so I did it all myself. Now it's all up to me (and
> there's
>> >> no way I could afford a maid) which is usually fine because I'm the
> only
>> >> person who has to see it - until I get a visit. Actually I'm glad
>> >> she's
>> >> coming, the shower really needed work. The fridge, too.
>> >>
>> >> I'm not sure my sister really knows this about me. We're 7 years
>> > and
>> >> she's lived elsewhere almost all her life, so we never really had
>> >> contact.
>> >>
>> >> Don't get me wrong. On the surface, my house is passable except
>> > the
>> >> April whirlwind of preparing my garden, the MG nursery, and getting
>> > plant
>> >> sale set up. It's the nitty gritty stuff, the floor corners, the
>> > litterbox
>> >> area, and the d**n shower.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> Kitty
>> >> neIN, Zone 5
>> >> ----- Original Message ----- >> >> From:
>> >> To:
>> >> Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 9:29 AM
>> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Way OT
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> > Kitty, I'm in total sympathy with you. I'm a terrible >> >> > housekeeper,
> too.
>> >> > It's not that I don't enjoy a clean house - I just usually have >> >> > so
> many
>> >> > more interesting things to do, and I am constitutionally opposed
>> >> > spending time and effort doing something that will just have to >> >> > be
> done
>> >> > again in a short time.
>> >> >
>> >> > Your sister must know this about you, and must be prepared for
>> >> > so
>> >> > why knock yourself out.
>> >> >
>> >> > When Chet retired some years back he declared that since I was
>> >> > working a lot, and since I made such a thing about housework, he
> would
>> >> > take on those chores. No big deal. Of course he could handle them
> with
>> >> > his eyes closed. It was nearly six weeks before he hired a woman
>> >> > come in every other week to do the heavy cleaning. In my opinion,
>> >> > that's
>> >> > the best answer - beats any machine you could buy.
>> >> > Auralie
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > In a message dated 9/1/2008 8:43:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>> >> > kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
>> >> >
>> >> > I confess, I am an awful housekeeper. My mom taught me how to do
>> > right
>> >> > but...
>> >> > I scrubbed the bathroom shower yesterday as my sister is coming
>> >> > a
>> >> > visit. And today I remember why I don't do it often. I have a
> crippling
>> >> > headache from the fumes. I've tried that Shower Shine stuff you
>> >> > spray
>> >> > after
>> >> > every shower, but can't handle those fumes either.
>> >> > So, to get away from the chemicals, I went to Lowe's and bought
> of
>> >> > those
>> >> > Scrubbing Bubbles shower cleaning machines. It's supposed to >> >> > spray
> for
>> > 12
>> >> > seconds. It only sprays for 6. Guess I'll call customer service
>> >> > tomorrow.
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > **************It's only a deal if it's where you want to go. Find
> your
>> >> > travel
>> >> > deal here.
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> >
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