I can't believe that nobody put boiling water down as a cleaning tool. In my opinion, nothing cleans better than good old-fashioned steaming water. I heat up kettle after kettle on my stove and get to work. It opens up my drains (try it in your kitchen sink), gets out virtually any stain (especially if paired with Borax and/or Super Washing Soda) on my hideous white laminate countertops, and was the only thing that got a serious food coloring stain out of a pair of light-colored shorts! If my washing machine is dirty, I put a cup of boiling water in the bleach dispenser (we have a top-loader). I use it on nasty stains on our kitchen floor, it essentially dissolves mold and mildew in our shower, gets rid of all of the "scum" in our bathtub, and it has completely dissolved all of the grime from a hand-me-down "Cooshee" booster seat that someone gave me. Granted, it is sometimes a nusisance to walk around the house holding a kettle of water, but the results are well worth it.
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|1/4/11 12:49 PM|
Your kitchen is definitely not the worst one I've ever seen! I know budget is a major issue for you (it is for everyone!). I would definitely replace the cabinet hardware with something more current - maybe not even using round knobs for drawer pulls, but a different shape? We've had a good experience with the hardware from www.myknobs.com - living in NY, we were fortunate enough to go to their showroom, but we are replacing all of our kitchen hardware for under $100!
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|3/24/09 2:03 PM|
I totally don't hate the Avocado green either! But, as someone with the "pink" cousin in their bathroom, I can sympathize with your frustrations!
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