Welcome to the most housewifey post I have ever written… well, it’s about cleaning. Removing mould and succeeding. Of course I prefer baking to cleaning. Infact I prefer baking to a lot of things
Well I baked a new coconut cupcake, a cocoa cupcake (with squidgy moist chocolate – bliss!) and my old faithful Vanilla bean. A friend is coming tomorrow to talk wedding cupcakes (yelp. YES. How fun! ) So I had to get some samples ready!
OK. the mould. You know how things happen repetitively in my life. And make me notice. Well, I emptied one of the last few boxes from when we moved (I know, I know it was 18 months ago. But I was 42 weeks pregnant. So some stuff just got left.) Well, I had such a hard time going through this box, some special photos had mould on them. Yes, gross old mould. A box of special bits had found their way to the garage. We didn’t know they were there. I hadn’t been looking for them, but when I found them I realised how sad I was… OK well. Old fashioned photographers can fix this Answer numero 1!
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I went to do some laundry and one of my favourite dresses for Beth was still in the washing machine (who knows why, perhaps it’s my very clean and tidy son who LOVES tidying things away into the washing machine) well. I opened the machine and thought ‘gosh not that smell again’. Then realised there must have been a wet flannel or something and that had caused this beautiful dress to get a speckle of mould. I soaked it on Oxy Clean for an hour or two. Nothing. Got some fairy liquid out to scrub it off (isn’t it meant to be amazing????) Nothing. Then I diluted chlorine bleach – didn’t want to fade the dress. And. Yes, majority of the speckles came out. After a nice wash at 40 degrees it’ dried just fine
And thirdly. I came to quickly clean my bathroom again (remember)… And then I realised we have family coming to stay, so I wanted it to be really, really clean! So I got the grout cleaner out. No joy. You know for those stubborn bits around the silicone? Tried the fairy liquid again. Nada. Went online and read a few reviews for expensive grout cleaning products (I actually have one. It doesn’t work ) But, one tip on martin’s money saving review said:
Pour bleach around the grout/silicone and then put kitchen towel on top. Leave for 3 hours.
I did this after putting Ben to bed at 6pm, a while later I walked up stairs and was like ‘oh no, what’s the bleach smell?’. Then went to the bathroom and couldn’t believe it. The white silicone is perfectly white – ONLY where there is kitchen towel on top. How amazing. What a clever way to clean the nasty off when scrubbing doesn’t work, wonder why it didn’t work where there wasn’t any kitchen roll?
I told you it was a housewifey topic. In the midst of all the fun things I get up to mould came to upset me. My house isn’t damp – but I found some ways to clean it and thought you might want to know! Loving my clean bathroom and sweet smelling cupcakes xox