Fall Cleaning Day 2

Ivy says:

It’s been so long since it’s rained in Nashville that I nearly took the day off cleaning to dance in the rain. Today, we’re washing walls. I like to mix up a bucket of something that smells fabulous- currently I’m digging Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Geranium All Purpose Cleaner. It makes the whole house smell great and stays that way for awhile. The kids, especially, love to wash walls. I also make sure to get the baseboards while we’re there, and we take down the pictures for a good dusting as well.

fall house cleaning guide

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The other thing we’re doing today is vacuuming out all the vents in the house. Many years ago, we paid to have our vents cleaned, and the people who cleaned the vents brought a shop vac into the house and just vacuumed them out. I’m quite sure there’s some other, better way and that we just got ripped off, but ever since that happened, I’ve vacuumed out the vents with a shop vac in the spring and fall. Whether it just makes me feel better or if it’s actually helpful remains to be seen- my house is pretty dusty both with and without vacuuming the vents. But it still makes me feel better.

The rest of the day will be spent playing Rock Band. Hey, it’s a lazy, rainy day, cut us some slack. 😉

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  1. Amanda on November 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    What is the ration of Clean Day Cleaner to Water?
    Do you use sponges for the walls or is there a better wall cleaning utensil that you recommend?
    Do you also use this on ceilings?

  2. Badbadivy on October 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Awww, Meredith…Thanks. 🙂

  3. Meredith on October 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Ivy, I don’t know how you strike just the right you-can-do-this tone at Home Ec 101, but you manage to carry it off it without irony or preachiness.

    I find myself nodding along, thinking, “Why yes, I think I will wash the walls today…”

    Will I pick up a sponge? Probably not, but it’s nice to know that someone, somewhere is getting things done in good humor.

  4. Mom of three on October 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I am not sure I have the gumption today to even do one room. Back muscles are sore from painting yesterday. Being fluffing a load of laundry for 30 minutes now. LOL Their probably too hot to fold now, so that ought to get me another ten. I tell you the rain is making me sleepy.

  5. Badbadivy on October 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Yeah, I do wash every wall in my house, except where the ceiling gets above 10ish feet in the living room. Ah, the benefit of living in a small house.

  6. Mom of three on October 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I talked to #3’s class on genealogy today and then treated myself to lunch. I did sweep the dust out of the foyer floor. (Though to the kitchen. LOL)

    I have a meeting tonight so I don’t want to paint because I will get cruddy so I am playing on the computer and doing laundry today.

    Tomorrow I am going to strip more wallpaper and paint some more, and Thursday I have a sub 1/2 day.
    I admit I am not a big wall washer. I will dust the walls if they get dirty and I do wash around light fixtures, but the rest of the wall, it seems easier to me to repaint.

    We got rain here too! Yeah, but that means now the dog will have to have another bath. He’s a mud magnet. Luckily he’s staying on the porch so maybe it won’t be too bad.

    So do you wash every wall in your house? If I just did the outside walls, the house is 2800 square feet on two floors. The walls are 9 feet tall. I am not good at word problems, but that seems like an awful lot of square footage to be washing, especially in one day. I figured around 1900 square feet for just the outside walls. That’s not counting the interior walls. What’s in that rain you are getting? Ours is making me sleepy.

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