Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday Motivation: Wastebasket clean up

I glanced at the bottom of my craft room/office wastebasket yesterday and was. . . well. . . grossed out. I'm too embarrassed to tell you what was sticking to the bottom of the can but it was YUCKY. Anyway, now is as good a time as ever to have a Monday Motivation about cleaning out the wastebaskets/trashcans in the house.

This shouldn't take too long.

1. Gather all of the trashcans and wastebaskets from around the house. Having them all together in one place helps to get through the job faster.

2. Empty the trash into a large bag. Set the bag aside. You'll deal with it later.

3. Use a general cleaner to spray into the cans. I use simple green. Wipe it out with a rag or paper towel.

4. For really stubborn, stuck on items you'll need to let the cleaner sit for a while before you wipe it out. For really, really stuck on items, you'll need to scrape it out with an old credit card or scrub brush. For stubborn stains I like to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. They do work like magic.

5. If you have stainless, glass, or ceramic containers you might want to finish with a spray and wipe of Sparkle Cleaner.

6. To keep the cans clean you can line them with plastic bags made for the size of your can. I personally don't like the look of a bag hanging out of the can so I forgo that step (which is how my trashcan got so YUCKY).

7. Put all of the trashcans/wastebaskets back where they belong.

8. Take the bag of collected garbage to its rightful place.

9. Enjoy a job well done.

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