So you’ve worked your carefully crafted charm, or lucked into, getting a girl to come back to your place, but can’t seem to get any further than seeing her run in terror at the first sight of your literal “man cave.”
Perhaps it’s time you gave your abode a much deserved spring sprucing. With the following products to always have on hand, and a couple of helpful tips, we’ll go section by section, and get your place back to a bachelor pad worthy level. (And maybe even get the health department to stop sending you those pesky letters).
Just because a lady likes being taken out to the movie theater on occasion does not mean she wants to recreate that at home with sticky, grungy floors. So do yourself a favor and pick up the Shark Vac-then-Steam, a 2-in-1 vacuum with powerful suction (easy fellas), that easily sucks up all the bits and schmutz that foot traffic brings in.
After you’re done with the vacuuming you can then easily (and by easy I mean literally drop the whole unit onto the steaming pad), both mop and sanitize your floors with the Shark’s steamer. It’ll quickly heat up and sterilize your floors killing 99.9% of all bacteria. Couple this household essential with some decent floor polish, and you’ll be doing your best Risky Business impression in no time. (Tighty whiteys not included).
Getting tired of eating toast off a cutting board? Is your romantic candle-lit home dinner date ruined by forcing her to use the gravy boat as a drinking glass? Then perhaps it’s time to brave the scummy depths of your sink, and wash those dishes you keep piling up. Start by picking up a bottle of Dawn’s New Zealand Spring dishwashing liquid. The scent is refreshing and won’t leave you smelling like an old woman’s knitting circle or the bottom of a blender after a bunch of daiquiris. Remember to soak stubborn stains, use the hottest water you can handle to sanitize (cause e-coli is not fun), and to use steel wool for rust stains.
Do all the mirrors and glass in your house look like the gorilla display at the zoo after a school field trip? Then grab a bottle of iQ glass cleaner and get to work.
iQ has a line of completely non-toxic cleaners (I also recommend their Green Tea all-purpose cleaner for around the house), that use natural solvents in place of harsh chemicals. Working from top to bottom (don’t work against gravity on this one), a few generous sprays of the iQ glass cleaner and its rather intoxicating Bamboo Berry scent, and a handful of black and white newspaper (leaves no lint behind), will bring any glass surface to a blinding sheen quickly.
So it’s all come down to this. You’re face-to-face with the mildew and dirt epicenter of your house. What do you do? Run away? No, you grab the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bathroom Scrubber and soldier on. Just dampen with water and allow the scrubber do away with soap scum and stubborn grim on sinks, counters, tile, grout and tubs.
The Magic Eraser is small enough to fit in tricky corners and is infused with Febreze scent that deodorizes as you clean. Just make sure to have some ventilation and to avoid mixing chemicals. Dying from homemade Mustard Gas is a shameful way to go.
Is your spot on the couch becoming easier to spot from all the nacho cheese, mustard, and soda spills left behind? Then try Vaska Spotoff, an all natural stain remover that worked like gangbusters on my upholstered furniture.
It doesn’t contain dyes or fragrances, so it’s safe for sensitive skin. Either lightly scrub away stains or simply dab them out. Just make sure to use a hard-to-see test spot when trying out any new detergents on fabrics. And if you’re still not sure, look up detailed info online. (The internet is more than just a cute kitten video repository, I promise).
Once everything is done, you can keep the clean, fresh vibe of your revitalized pad going by plugging in a Febreze NOTICEable. Coming in a variety of scent combinations, NOTICEables alternate two different aromas that complement one in order to create a pleasing atmosphere that isn’t too overbearing but also potent enough to mask any smelly spots you might have missed.