How to unclog a cleaning block

After one treatment my sink looked like new!

I’m wondering if anyone else out there is encountering a problem which is baffling me and threatening my sanity. I can’t get motivated to clean my house!

In the old days when I was working full time and raising a family, I kept a fairly spotless home. You couldn’t eat off the floor exactly, but I was annoyed by clutter and the first thing I did each morning, and last thing at night was to “spif up.” I vacuumed like a mad woman and dusted several times a week.

What happened to that woman? Is she still in here anywhere? There’s no more sense of urgency. I wrote my name in the dust on the library table in my foyer three weeks ago and it’s still there.

In desperation I went on line for some internet therapy and someone called “flylady” delivered. She says that “cleaning blocks” can be instantly unclogged by a simple exercise -clean the sink and you will receive the oomph to move into other spaces. So I did and it got me on a roll that sent me through the house like a cleaning tornedo.

Now I have a gleaming sink that you can see your reflection in and I’m redecorating the dining room:

  • *Take all the dishes out of the sink;
  • *Run some very hot water into the sink. Fill to the rim. Only do one side at a time then pour a cup of household bleach into the hot water. Let it sit for one hour. Now pull the plug with a pair of tongs. If you don’t have tongs wear rubber gloves;
  • *Rinse the sink well;
  • *Use a mild cleanser like baking soda and scrubb the sink. Ensure you rinse all of the cleanser from the sink;
  • *Take a sharp edge and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt from your fingernails;
  • *Clean around the faucets too, using an old toothbrush or dental floss;
  • *Now get out your window cleaner (Windex) and give it a good shine. If you aren’t satisfied you can try some car wax. Just know in your heart that you have cleaned it very well and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Our perfectionism is what got us in this situation in the first place;
  • *Everytime you run water in the sink, take out your clean dishtowel and dry it out. Before you know it, you will be doing this everytime you leave the kitchen;
  • *If you have a stainless steel sink, do all of the above with one extra step. After soaking and rinsing, use SOS pads to scrub. This will buff the finish and it will look like new. A light coat of lemon oil or olive oil will also make you smile.

Go Shine Your Sink!

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