Monthly Archives: Sep 2014

Mommy, Tinker, Wife

Rubbermaid Grout Scrubber

About a month ago I purchased a Rubbermaid grout scrubber. It’s called “Rubber maid Reveal Power Scrubber” and I’ve become a bit obsessed.

Here is a video of me opening the box and trying it out for the first time.

I use this for everything. Cleaning my shower grout was just the beginning. My husband laughs at me and calls it my toothbrush.


I even have been using it to clean my floor. Yes, you read that right. My FLOOR! I have officially crossed the line into cleaning obsession. But let me explain why…


My dear sweet husband used to clean the floors when he worked from home. He found a product that makes your floor shiny, kind of like OrangeGlo. But it isn’t OrangeGlo. He can’t remember the name. Anyways… this STUFF was nice at first, but dear hubby didn’t thoroughly clean the floors before applying it. We had a dog and two cats at the time. I now have trapped pet hair in the corners of my floors and along the baseboard. It drives me crazy!!!!!!!! I’ve done a ton of research trying to figure out how to remove it, and since I don’t know what the product IS, I can’t look up how to remove it. So…. I found several posts about removing OrangeGlo and finally settled on using ammonia and water.

I combine about 1/2 to 2/3 ammonia with water in a spray bottle and spray the floor. I started on our ceramic tile, and it took me about 5 minutes per 12×12 tile. Then I tested a small part of our hardwood floors and they seemed to fare ok. I don’t recommend using this on your hardwoods because I think I’ve been lucky. You may not be so lucky and I don’t want to be the one who suggested that you do it too. Back to the floor scrubbing… I spray the ammonia solution on the floor in a small area, wait a minute or two, then start scrubbing away with my “toothbrush” aka Rubbermaid grout scrubber. You’d be amazed at the gunk that comes up. It takes a few applications and scrubbing rounds. Anywhere from 3 to 6+ depending on how much traffic goes on the floor. The highly trafficked areas come up much easier. Probably because the finish has been worn thinner.


So yes, I use it to clean my floors. I am a bit obsessed. But I will finally be rid of the disgusting pet hairs and be able to feel like my floors are actually clean. It’s been a several week process because I only get maybe 15 minutes to do it at a time, but I am seeing progress. I’ll have to post a picture of the process soon.





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Mommy, Tailor, Tinker, Uncategorized, Wife

On hiatus – and a farewell

I haven’t posted in more than a month. It’s been a tough month at that. My dear, sweet grandmother died August 19 and I just haven’t had it in me to write much of anything. She was an amazing woman. Served in the Army in World War II (she joined so she could “keep an eye” on her older brother – as a comfort to her mother). A fiercely independent woman, she was a single mom when divorce was shameful. She was an avid gardener with an amazing green thumb. She could grow anything. And I do mean ANYTHING. My mom tells the story of how they bought a pineapple from the grocery store, and she managed to grow a pineapple tree from the piece she cut off the top!

Grammie 1922 - 2014

I feel like I need to post in honor of my Grammie before I can move on and continue blogging. Not sure why, but I’m not going to question it. I miss her. Every day. For those of you who have a beloved older person in your life, cherish them. Spend time with them. Soak up their very essence. They won’t be here forever and the pain you bear when they are gone is helped by knowing you loved them with all of your being.

So goodbye, Grammie. I love you and miss you, but I feel your presence every day.

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