Tag Archives: cleaning

in case you missed it…

22 Oct

I’ve been updating this blog pretty much everyday and posts are starting to get pushed onto the next pages so I thought it would be handy to have a weekly recap of my posts (about 2 weeks for this post since it’s the first) from oldest to newest:


so fresh and so clean

11 Oct

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and full of food! I decided that there will be nothing new to learn on weekends/holidays partly because I get lazy and had a ton of studying and work to do in preparation for this week.

The title of this blog used to drive my friend and I crazy. We used to say this quite often and never knew where we originally heard it. I did some intense googling one day and found the source of this quote – 50 First Dates! Adam Sandler says this when he is cleaning the penguin (or is it the walrus?) and that is definitely where we got it from because it used to be one of my favourite movies. It felt good to finally clear that up.

So the new thing for today is related to laundry. Practical, yes. Exciting, no.

Anyways, I find that towels can get this weird smell after a while. Maybe cause there isn’t enough air flow in my bathroom or something. When I washed them normally, the smell would still “linger.” After a quick glance through my cleaning reference book (yes, I actually own a book that is all about cleaning…), it recommended that I:


Add one cup (or a bit less or more depending on wash size) of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine. I just pour the vinegar in the compartment for fabric softener. The vinegar somehow gets rid of the weird smell and also softens your clothes. I use it on everything, not just towels, because of its multi-purpose function. Works well on clothes that smell like a Chinese restaurant. It’s also cheaper than buying fabric softener and doesn’t leave that fake smell that Bounce sheets do.

Yay for natural and clean smelling laundry!

bling bling – clean your silver jewelry using science

4 Oct

Over the years, I’ve amassed a decent collection of jewelry, some costume and some nice stuff. I have always preferred silver jewelry over gold because I think silver jewelry just looks better with my skin tone, but that is not the point of this posting. If it is something I wear frequently, I don’t take the time to store it properly and usually leave it in an open box which I think causes the brownish color and dirty look which therefore does not look appealing to wear in public.

Cleaning your silver jewelry is extremely simple and cheap with this method. You might even become addicted to doing it and look for anything silver in your house to clean after doing this “experiment,” as I like to call it.


What you need:

  • aluminum foil
  • kettle
  • baking soda
  • small bowl
  • chopstick or anything other than your fingers (to take the jewelry out of the hot water)

1. Collect all of your silver jewelry that needs cleaning and bring it to the kitchen. This is a disgusting looking piece of jewelry…

2. Boil some water. While it is boiling, rip some aluminum foil (or take that piece of aluminum foil you have been reusing if you are Asian, haha) and line the bottom of a small bowl or ramekin. Put the piece of jewelry on top of the foil, like so:

3. Sprinkle some baking soda on it – enough to cover lightly.

4. Pour hot water on top of the jewelry and baking soda just enough to cover the jewelry completely. 5. Watch and be amazed as the dirt magically disappears! There is a science behind it but I’m in Arts so can’t really help you there. Turn the jewelry over so all sides of it become in contact with the aluminum foil at some point during the soak.

6. Leave the jewelry in the bowl for 1-5 minutes until it is clean. Take out and rinse with water (I don’t think it matters if it is cold or warm) and dry gently with a cloth and let it air dry for a bit.
7. Repeat steps 3 to 7 for all of your other pieces.

not so disgusting anymore!