This week’s assignment is to choose 3 things that you’ve been avoiding cleaning, and clean them. So what did you choose to clean? Are you still working on those areas or were you able to wrap them up?

Here are my 3 things:

1. take vents off of my oven and wash them

2. unscrew upper vents and wash in soapy water

3. take down light fixtures with flies in them and wash in soapy water
I don’t think you need before and after pics of each of these, because they’re, well, not that exciting. But I did discover something out while cleaning my oven vents that you might find useful.
First of all, I have been using my vacuum tool to “clean” this vent for the last two years. Let’s just say that it hasn’t worked and it’s been bugging me. Here’s the vent…. (these are after pics, so just imagine lots of dust and grease):
So I’ve been trying to figure out how to actually clean this vent – do I take a toothbrush to it with soapy water, spray it and wipe clean, vacuuming does not work. Then one day I noticed these…
Would it work? Sure! I just carefully unscrewed the two screws, brought the vent over to the sink and used a scrub brush and hot soapy water. And guess what? It worked!  The moral of this cleaning story?  Sometimes you have to take something apart to really clean it well. But you know what? It was totally worth the extra effort.
What have you cleaned lately that you had to take apart to really clean it?