I've got a few comments and emails lately asking how I keep so much stuff clean. Hmmm...I really don't think I have that much stuff. I think it just looks like I have a lot because it's all crammed into a 900 sq ft. apartment. If this were in a normal size house it wouldn't look like that much at all...at least that's what I keep telling myself! LOL! Anyway, last weekend I was cleaning my $25 garage-sale chandelier and decided to do a post about cleaning!
I clean my crystal chandeliers by holding a rag behind each crystal, spraying a little Windex on the front and then rubbing it with the rag. After awhile the rag will be soaked in Windex and then I just rub it over the remaining crystals and if needed dry it with a dry rag. It's so amazing the difference it makes. I didn't think my chandelier was very dirty but I guess it was because it's so much more sparkly now!
I dust once a week using a feather duster. I used a Swiffer Duster for awhile but I'm back to using a feather duster because I think it just goes over my collectibles so much easier. I bought mine here, I have the 17" Premium Ostrich Feather Duster (they haven't paid me to say this, I'm just a happy customer.) A couple people commented on how clean my linens were that I showed you yesterday. The truth is they didn't look like that when my mom gave them to me. The white tablecloth with the blue embroidery was really stained and yellowed. It even looked like it had rust stains all over it. I soaked all the linens overnight in hot water with OxiClean powder. That stuff is amazing...it works like magic! Everything comes out so white and the stains were gone! Here is how I dry them...Magic in a tub...
Most of the time I enjoy cleaning house. Really! I think it's a state of mind and if you think of it as a time to play with all the things you love it actually becomes enjoyable. I just put on Chris Botti or Diana Krall CD and enjoy making my apartment all clean and pretty!