As promised, here’s an update on my lemon “bleached” dishtowels. I added some before & after & along-the-way shots above in case you were interested in trying it at home.
Clockwise from top left:
1. The “Before” pic of my favorite Crate & Barrel bar mops. Pretty dingy, and covered with small stains.
2. Next step, cut up 3-4 lemons.
3. Add lemon slices to big pot of cold water.
4. Bring the water & lemons to a boil, and add towels.
5. Lower the temp and let them sit for an hour. Remove and wash as you normally would.
6. Ta-da! The towels, post-bleaching.
So here are my honest thoughts: I’m not necessarily swooning over the results. The all around dinginess of the towels was replaced with whiteness, but the bleaching was no match for the real stains splotched over the towels. But they still do look a lot better from afar so I’ll take it. It was cheap and easy. And the kitchen smelled nice and fresh after boiling those lemons all afternoon. Until we cooked bacon for dinner.
Since I know you’re probably dying to know how my office women’s restroom signs are doing, I thought I’d give you this little update: it’s not looking good. Actually, I take that back. The signs are still going strong in all most of the stalls, as you can see in the pic on the left above. But in one stall the sign has flopped over and not one bathroom-goer has attempted to fix it! Guess I’ll be hitting up the ladies room with some scotch tape this week. Remind me at the end of this post to tell the story about the last time I had to bring office supplies into a bathroom stall with me…
But back to the present day bathroom issues. You probably don’t recall (if you do you have way too much time on your hands) that I also requested that our facilities department fix the lack of hooks on several stall doors. It’s a really annoying thing to go into the bathroom really having to pee only to then see that there is no hook on the door for your stuff and then you have to unlock the door, go to the next stall, pray it has hooks, and if that one doesn’t boy you’re in trouble. You get the point. Needless to say they have not been replaced. Very disappointing, facilities. Verrrry disappointing. So I’ll be following up on that this week too.
And there you have it. That’s literally what I’m up to this week. Is that sad? Don’t answer that.
And now here’s the part where I reward you for reading this update with an embarrassing personal story about yours truly: The year was 2006. I was working as an audit associate for a big scary firm that shall remain unnamed. I was wearing black “Editor” pants by Express (they were my faves). I went to the ladies room at some point in the afternoon, only to realize I could see the floor through my pants when I sat down.
“That’s odd,” I thought. Upon closer examination I realized my pants had ripped at some point during the day from front to back. No joke. Entire crotch inseam was wide open. With several long hours to go at work and no chance at being able to go home to change pants, I needed to fix the situation pronto. So I did what any resourceful young auditor would do – I wrapped my cable knit v-neck sweater around my waist (standard attire back then was sweater over a button down – standard), went back to the audit room, told everyone what just happened, and grabbed the stapler to take it back to the ladies room among screams of “Do NOT bring that back in here!”. The tricky part was stapling my pants together without anyone wondering what the heck I was doing in there. But that was nothing a loud throaty fake cough couldn’t cover up: Aaahheeeeghhhmmm. Staple. Staple. Staple. AhhheeGGGGMM. Staple. In fact my performance was so good, a nice lady called back at me from the sink that I sound terrible and to take care of that cough. Lord knows what she really thought I was doing in there.
But staple-mending my pants worked pretty well actually. I almost forgot about the whole situation until I brought them to the dry cleaner the following week who looked at me like I was crazy. And little did I know back then in my young, work-hard-play-hard audit days that in just 7 short years I’d be bringing office supplies back into the ladies room as a mature, working mom. Ha. Real mature. NOT.
I am trying this natural bleach idea for my dish towels tonight and am so excited! Why am I doing this? Well, they are looking
a little disgustingly dingy, I don’t have (or want to buy) any bleach, and I’m trying out some natural cleaning ideas in an effort to be more green around the home. I know, I’m late to the game on freaking everything. The towels are in the dryer right now – I’ll be back with some action shots and results soon. Fingers crossed for successful bleaching! #whenlifegivesyoulemons…
I’ve always been a handwritten list-making kind of gal (love my organizer!), but I’m kind of digging the notepad feature on the iPhone. Last month I used it for all my Christmas lists (to-do’s, gift ideas, and packing lists) and it was great. I plan to have this phone for the long haul so why not venture over to electronic list making? It’s handy and dandy and better for on-the-go note taking than using a pen and paper – I have way too many illegible notes written on the bus to work that drive me crazy. So I’m into it. I wouldn’t mind some bolding, underlining, or checkmark features, but I’m sure Apple’s all over that. I’ll wait for it in the next update that will come in about a week (why is that?).
And since I recently became an absolute Instagram fanatic, you could just say I embracing technology one step at a time.
Next up? Learning how to actually communicate with Siri. Namely getting her to make my lists FOR me in my notepad. I recently tried to have her jot down a shopping list while driving to Target, since all too often I go there needing to buy just 5 things but once I get in there I completely black out. And I end up buying only 3 or 4 of the needed items, but about 10 things I did NOT need. Anyway, my attempt did not work out so well, as you can probably see in the shot above. That was her interpretation of “Pam Spray, Ziplock Bags, and Dish Soap”. #thatsirisuchajokester…
Sadly, we de-Christmased our house this past weekend. I always feel like we are putting our decorations back like a week after we’ve put them up. The time just flies. The good news is I have a nice organized system (duh) for storing everything so I never feel like it’s going back to some big black abyss for the next 11 months. Last year I wrote about a few things I use to keep holiday decor at bay, so I won’t go into those details again, but here is a quick picture round up of our Great Christmas Clean Up.
Clockwise from top: ornaments are wrapped in old tissue paper and placed in red ornament box on the left, while all other Christmas decor is stacked in tupperware bin on the right; one layer of ornaments nice and snug in their little square cube homes; all done – ornaments tucked away, mantel/table/window decor cozied up for the year, and lights off the tree and neatly strung for next year; B bringing A over to the naked tree to say “bah bah” – she insisted on wearing her hat and mittens. Look at that droopy PJ butt. So cute.
So with that, “bah bah” Holidays! See you again next year when you sneak up on us, add ten pounds to our JUST “lost the last five from last year” frame, and then leave us with no days off until Memorial day. Welcome Winter Blahs.