so because i’m hosting thing 2’s little soiree on saturday morning at my house, it becomes vitally necessary to disinfect, dehair, dedirt the house. and if i don’t start now then i’ll have to do one of those marathon cleaning sessions where i get so high on tilex that i don’t know my name, never mind what i might decorate the cake as…
and since cleaning is a hobby/workout for me (seriously, i love to clean), i’m always looking for new ways to reinvent the wheel when it comes to cleaning. of course, i’ve basked in the glory that is brown bottle lysol. but now i have another secret.
cheap fabric softener
that’s right. cheap ol fabric softener- i have an entire bottle of purex lavender and cotton that smells so good but since the washer with the dispenser thingy went kaput, i use the dryer sheets. so last night, i was tooling around the kitchen de-gunking it and thought, wow, it would smell much better if i could use that fabric softener to make it smell not so lysol-ly (which my family doesn’t really care for, but i think they just don’t appreciate fine hospital aroma).
so i took a small tub, poured in one tablespoon of lysol and one small capful of the softener and then hot water and SHAZZAM! i have a great cleaning product that smells delightful. and here’s the absolute best part –
it repels dust, gets off grease, helps de-gunk the grout, cleans glass. de-statics the carpet.
fabric softener! who knew? well, someone on the internets did because they posted all the uses which i feel is my patriotic and civil responsibility to share with all you readers…
End clinging dust on your TV
Are you frustrated to see dust fly back onto your television screen, or other plastic surfaces, right after cleaning them? To eliminate the static cling that attracts dust, simply dampen your dust cloth with fabric softener straight from the bottle and dust as usual.
Remove old wallpaper
Removing old wallpaper is a snap with fabric softener. Just stir 1 capful liquid softener into 1 quart (1 liter) water and sponge the solution onto the wallpaper. Let it soak in for 20 minutes, then scrape the paper from the wall. If the wallpaper has a water-resistant coating, score it with a wire-bristle brush before treating with the fabric softener solution. (we did this one in david’s room with one of those little wallpaper magic roller things- it was amazing)
Abolish carpet shock
To eliminate static shock when you walk across your carpet, spray the carpet with a fabric softener solution. Dilute 1 cup softener with 2 1/2 quarts (2.5 liters) water; fill a spray bottle and lightly spritz the carpet. Take care not to saturate it and damage the carpet backing. Spray in the evening and let the carpet dry overnight before walking on it. The effect should last for several weeks.
Remove hair-spray residue
Dried-on overspray from hair spray can be tough to remove from walls and vanities, but even a buildup of residue is no match for a solution of 1 part liquid fabric softener to 2 parts water. Stir to blend, pour into a spray bottle, spritz the surface, and polish it with a dry cloth.
Clean now, not later
Clean glass tables, shower doors, and other hard surfaces, and repel dust with liquid fabric softener. Mix 1 part softener into 4 parts water and store in a squirt bottle, such as an empty dishwashing liquid bottle. Apply a little solution to a clean cloth, wipe the surface, and then polish with a dry cloth.
Float away baked-on grime
Forget scrubbing. Instead, soak burned-on foods from casseroles with liquid fabric softener. Fill the casserole with water, add a squirt of liquid fabric softener, and soak for an hour, or until residue wipes easily away. (my kitchen is lysoled and smells great!)
Keep paintbrushes pliable
After using a paintbrush, clean the bristles thoroughly and rinse them in a coffee can full of water with a drop of liquid fabric softener mixed in. After rinsing, wipe the bristles dry and store the brush as usual.
Untangle and condition hair
Liquid fabric softener diluted in water and applied after shampooing can untangle and condition fine, flyaway hair, as well as curly, coarse hair. Experiment with the amount of conditioner to match it to the texture of your hair, using a weaker solution for fine hair and a stronger solution for coarse, curly hair. Comb through your hair and rinse.
Remove hard-water stains
Hard-water stains on windows can be difficult to remove. To speed up the process, dab full-strength liquid fabric softener onto the stains and let it soak for 10 minutes. Then wipe the softener and stain off the glass with a damp cloth and rinse.
Make your own fabric softener sheets
Fabric softener sheets are convenient to use, but they’re no bargain when compared to the price of liquid softeners. You can make your own dryer sheets and save money. Just moisten an old wash-cloth with 1 teaspoon liquid softener and toss it into the dryer with your next load. (do this one all the time with comforters to refresh them in between washings)