Monday, August 1, 2011

Singing It's Praises



I just am rubbing alcohols biggest fan. It is the best de-greaser around. I cleaned the backsplash behind my stove with it over the weekend. It works so great. Just look at my 53 year old tile shine. So cheap too. I already did a post on how great it is on cleaning my wood blinds in the kitchen the link is here.


Had a great time on Saturday hanging out with my husband. We saw a movie and then went to lunch at Chili's. Now some of you may be a big Chili's fan but the one we went to grossed me out. Is anyone out there like me? The table was sticky, the menus were gommy and the door looked like no one had cleaned it in six months. Even my husband who thinks I am OCD about these things said it was dirty in there. Now I know you are all going to think I am a crazy woman but I don't like to eat out much. It always grosses me out  thinking of all the people that touched my food and silverware. I am like Jack Nicholson in "As Good as it Gets." I don't have fifty bars of soap in my medicine cabinet but I have threatened to start bringing my own silverware. Just funny about restaurants. I also don't like what may be lurking in hotel rooms but that is for another day.

It also works as a great glass cleaner and is all I use now. Just dilute about half and half with water with a little more water and mix. I use an old spray bottle. Works wonderful on shower doors too.

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30 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Thanks for the tip for the tile. How wonderful that no one every replaced your tile! How cool!!

Jamie said...

I enjoy Rubbing Alcohol as well.It shines and cuts the grease so great.Yes it is very cheap.Visitng from the Homestead Blog Hop

PrimHearted said...

Thanks for the tip! I am going to try this today. I love your tile, it reminds me something my mom had when we were growing up. Maybe wallpaper? Anyway it is awesome that it is there and in such great condition!

~~Carol~~ said...

So glad you haven't changed that atomic tile!
I love going out to eat, but now you've got me thinking about those sticky menus, and the people who don't wash their hands after using the bathroom and then touch those menus. I guess that's why I always use my hand sanitizer right before I eat. I think next time I'll look up the menu online, so when I get there I won't even have to touch them!

Diana said...

We had talked about going to Chili's this past Saturday also, but my husband said he had heard several people saying that Chili's has "gone down" in quality lately. Funny you should mention this also in the same weekend, and in a different part of the country!

laurie said...

well I happen to belong group of people who do not enjoy eating out,, I cannot get beyond the people who may have dirty hands , or other disgusting habit in the food prep areas,, I have issues with hotels as well, I'm not ocd but I guess I'm not the norm,, I'm not happy about it but its me,, you tiles look great and I too love the powers of rubbing alcohol,,

Kris said...

You ARE my sister from another mother! I am SO like that too. I hate to eat out in a place that is not super clean. I always get creeped out when I think of who was touching my stuff, and what THEY have been touching! I carry germ gel ALL the time. I use it ALL the time. I am a total neat freak,and I also hate hotels, and I always my slippers. AND take off the comforter!!! ICK!! I am with you!!! Glad you had a nice date though. And I too use alcohol for shining things up. Especially like it on my bathroom and fixtures!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Yes, it is so good for so many things.

Ms. Bake-it said...

I use rubbing alcohol too. It really does do a great job. I keep alcohol towelettes in my purse along with hand sanitizer. I love the 1950's Franciscan Starburst tile!

I am not and never have been a fan of Chili's. I am like you about restaurants. If the place is dirty, I will leave. I went somewhere a few weeks ago and my feet stuck to the floor around and under the table and when I placed my hand on the table it landed in something gooey. Grossed me out and that was my first and last time at that place. It could have had the best food in the world, but at that point, nothing could have convinced me to stay and eat there.

~ Tracy

Kris said...

Hi Elaine. You didn't miss my birthday. It was my Nana's 97th birthday celebration last night. She is a love! Her older brother will be celebrating his 100th in 3 months!!! And their little sister will be 96 in November. Amazing genes!!!
Have a great day!

Ginger Zuck said...

Ilove your tile! And, I had no idea bout alchol! I will have to give it a try! I am the same way about eating out. We don't eat out much either and I'm the same way. I always drink from a straw because I just know the glasses are not clean and someone elses lips were there! LOL!

Gen @Simplycornish said...

Thanks Elaine for the tip using rubbing alcohol. I will give that a try. I also use it for my computer keyboard and screen, mixed half and half with water and use a soft cloth just moistened with the alcohol mixture. Works amazingly well and dries quickly also.

Donna said...

I forget about using rubbing alcohol. Thanks for the reminder! You have so many great tips!
I love how clean your tiles look.

Cindy said...

Did you know that a lot of Farmer's Markets now don't let people bring home canned and baked goods? They have to be made in a commercial kitchen. But I think most people's kitchens are going to be a lot cleaner than any restaurant. Especially fast food. Anyway, I agree with you about both restaurants and hotels.

Holly said...

Yup, we're one in the same. The menus are so disgusting. Maybe you could get a job there, at least long enough to clean the place. I loved your tip about the alcohol on the blinds, it worked so well for me. I've always loved your vintage tiles.

Kathi said...

I had no idea! Thank you so much for the tip. It sounds like that restaurant could use a bottle of rubbing alcohol to clean up the place. I love those cute vintage tiles behind your stove. Kathi

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love eating out but, I hate when they don't clean the stuff around the tables...ie, cracker barrel has pictures and stuff that are within kiddies reach....they are always sticky and slimey...I ask to move!

Linda said...

We have used rubbing alcohol for years...my Mom had us clean the class and mirrors with it when I was young...it also gets ink out of clothes...great stuff! I agree about some places you eat at, but my dad owned an eatery all my life and we cleaned and cleaned that place all the time...it was cleaner than most people's homes...I guess it all depends on the place!

Cindy said...

I don't think I have ever heard of rubbing alcahol being a good cleaner. I will have to remember that one.
I am picky about where I eat out. If I don't like the clean factor, I won't go back. On the whole the restaurants in my city are pretty clean. I find that bathrooms are seldom clean enough for my taste. I wish I could be an inspector that goes in and demands that they get down on hands and knees with a toothbrush and clean with bleach and hot water around the stall door separators, do you know what I mean? What you are looking at when "sitting". Those parts are always grimy!
Okay, I won't go on, but I know what you mean.
Hugs, Cindy

Gina said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this as soon as I pull myself off this computer. I have very old tile in my kitchen & it never really looks clean to me. Thanks again.

Dayle said...

I love eating out, but will not go into a place with dirty doors or windows. :) And I always wipe down my silverware after they bring it, even in 5-star restaurants. As for staying in hotels, that's been an issue for me for a number of years, even 5-star hotels. I just have a phobia about it, although sometimes situations dictate that I have to say in a hotel. I never like it though. That's one reason we travel in a motorhome. If the sheets are dirty, it's my dirt. (hehe)

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for sharing this good tip! I knew vinegar was a great cleaner but I will try this too. This post could have been written by my daughter, she is just like you! :D

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Never knew that about the alcohol ...thanks for sharing, going to give it go!

eating out... has it's ups and downs...

Pat

articles said...

Ooh! Just last night I tried to remove some dusty grease from the back part of my stove using vinegar, but it only gummed up and swirled around--rubbing alcohol is probably the right thing for it! Thanks!
---'Becca

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love getting glimpses of your atomic blast tile! :D

Amy Bowman said...

You are featured at AP Tuesday @ New Nostalgia!
Thanks for linking up!

Sharing Shadymont said...

I feel the same way about restaurants and hotels. I have seriously considered taking my own silverware, glassware, and the whole bit! And buffets.......that's a whole nother story. Can't stand them! People with dirty hands handle the utensils, then the next person lets it drop in the food....YUCK!!

There seems to be lots of us out there!!!

Connie (aka LOU) said...

I'm with you on the eating out. I feel like I'm a quality control inspector as soon as I see the front door, and I can't tell you how much silverware I have returned for "cleaner" silverware. Really, it is tough for us to go out and eat anywhere. I'm going to find something.

Shiloh said...

Woohoo! I never knew that about rubbing alcohol! Thanks for sharing. I should get some when I shop tomorrow.:)
Shiloh
everydaygameplan.net

8)(8 said...

What a great tip! And I am glad that I am not the only one.

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