Have you ever stood at your windows attempting to clean the dust and grime off each blind slat?
Allow me to enlighten you with some information that you may find interesting.
It has been confirmed that the window companies have made an egregious mistake while printing their boxes. To the human eye, one may agree with the label on the box, that the most common size window blind does indeed only hold 34 two-inch slats. However, once you begin the painstaking process of dusting or scrubbing the entire surface of each and every strip of wood or plastic, you will come to the same startling conclusion that I have, the label and the human eye are both deceiving.
Window blinds hold 867 slats. No more, no less. I am sure of it.
Gah! The longer I stand there scrubbing, the more they seemingly multiply. I always vow to myself that I will never allow them to get this filthy again. They will be scrubbed on a regular basis.
Like that’s going to happen.
I will invest in one of those swiffer duster thingys and therefore, dust will never accumulate.
Again—utter fail. Do they not live up to their claim? Perhaps. Or is it me? Probably.
A weekly swipe with a wet rag?
Sure, this may hold the dirt back to a degree, but eventually it still builds up. Also I fall off that weekly bandwagon commitment after…<ahem> a week. Who am I kidding?!
And so I find myself grumbling in front of the window blinds again.
Then a number of years ago, I thought of a remarkable technique for solving this dilemma.
Bathe your blinds, woman.
So I did.
To be honest, I actually let them just soak and the sudsy water does most of my scrubbing for me.
Clean those blinds in 6 (or maybe 5) easy steps.
1. Simply grab them from the window and drop in the tub.
2. Fill with just enough water to cover the blinds and add a bit of mild soap (I just used my Seventh Generation dish soap.). Swish gently with your hand and if you are like me (small kids underfoot), lock the door behind you as you leave the bathroom. Safety first.
3. If your blinds are made of wood or some sort of material that extensive soaking may cause damage, then remove after a couple minutes. (And sadly skip step #4 and move directly to step #5.)
4. Bathe your children, do laundry, wash dishes, eat lunch or take a nap. Let the bath water do its thing. (This technique sounding pretty good right about now, huh?)
5. Wipe them down with a rag (for good measure), rinse and let drip dry over the shower rod or even your porch banister. Perhaps if the day is sunny (and you don’t have dogs or kiddos running around) you could lay them out to dry quckly in the warm rays.
6. Hang and enjoy their clean state as you peer through at your neighbors or simply open them to enjoy the daylight without the usual dust bunnies.
If you already use this process to clean your blinds, then rejoice with me that housework can be simplified and if not, then give it a try. You will become a bathing blinds convert.
And when you have a great tip like this one, by all means don’t keep it to yourself. Tell another weary homemaker how to to stop muttering by the the window…
“Bathe your blinds.”
How do you clean your blinds? Scrub them one by one? Bathe them? Gave up and switched to sheers? Share your window tips…and any other homemaking tips that save time. Let’s help each other.
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