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Top 10 Songs to Clean To (I’m Not Kidding)

I’m not gonna lie, I love spring cleaning. I love those moments when you finish the final room, all the windows are open and a fresh breeze comes through as the sun shines in. The entire house is spotless, and the only thing left to do is relax.

I especially love the Saturday mornings when Shawn’s at work and I can crank the music to clean. Ok, I admit that, so far this spring, I have only cleaned on a Saturday morning once. But, I am by far the most thorough when I have the house to myself and a solid cleaning playlist going. I dare you not to be a little bit more detailed and put a bit more elbow grease into your dusting and scrubbing when you’ve got these tracks on in the background:

  1. Paul Simon – Call Me Al
  2. Go West – King of Wishful Thinking
  3. The Pussycat Dolls – I Hate This Part
  4. Linkin Park / Jay-Z – 99 Problems Remix (ugh, cannot find a good recording of this one; if you can get your hands on the studio recording, it’s amazing)
  5. Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em Up Style
  6. Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
  7. Dropping Daylight – Blame Me (piano-infused rock, I love it)
  8. Paramour – Misery Business
  9. Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
  10. The Almost – Say This Sooner

While 10 songs alone won’t give you enough time to clean everything (this is probably little more than a half hour), I tried to include a little bit of everything as a start. Any particular CD or playlist you put on to get you motivated? Let me know!

Sidenote: The British are funny! A quick search on Google found the hilarious Housework Songs: Volume I, II and III. It also uncovered the amazing anthology of 101 Housework Songs, which looks vaguely like it’s from the “Now That’s What I Call Music” family. It’s actually quite possible since it was released in March of this year…


May 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

Things I Bought That I Love: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power

Holy crap. If you have a tough, stubborn stain or grimy surface anywhere in your house, go to your nearest drug store, WalMart, Target or grocery store and get Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser Extra Power. Stop reading. Go. Now.

I’m not opposed to cleaning, I just hate having to spend a lot of time doing it. Dusting doesn’t happen unless it’s causing a weird glare on the TV and any spot that requires a lot of elbow grease usually gets the cover treatment. Meaning, I find something to cover it. Then I found this little gem, which has overtaken Lysol 4-in-1 Disinfecting Wipes as my new favorite spring cleaning product:

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power

I bought this after a number of recommendations on how to get rid of cooked-on rings on our ceramic stovetop. Our stovetop can get grooooosss, and those rings put my sponges and arm strength to the test. But, the rings seemingly wiped off with the bald man’s magic eraser! So, I thought “hmmm what else can I use this on?”

The rust stain on the countertop from the metal paint tray when we were painting the kitchen? Gone. The fricken pink spots from Crystal Light’s Raspberry Ice when it splashes on our white lenoleum countertop (literally, it stains within seconds)? Not a problem.

These erasers save my life. It might seem a little weird at first because they don’t get soapy when you wet them, but as long as they’re damp, they’re the best thing to tackle your cleaning list with.

May 2, 2009 at 9:08 am 1 comment

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