When we bought our house I thought it would be relaxing and sexy to get a whirlpool tub.
Biggest. Mistake. In. My. Life. (Right next to "Hair of the Dog," "Eat Clean," and "Use a Dishwasher That's Not Yourself.")
For clarification purposes, we've used the whirlpool part of our tub I'd guess less than 10 times - all within six months of moving into this house. AAAAAAAAND it cost, I think, $2000? So, if I were to cost analyze this - that's $200 a bath? If I could teleport back in time I would have spent $1000 at Victoria's Secret and another $1000 on beer and been relaxed and sexy for a very long time only having to clean myself and my recycling bin.
After waiting 11 years to clean these sonofabitch jets and three years to clean the dishwasher here are a few of my thoughts:
1. The warning on most cleaners that tell you not to mix the cleaner with anything are written for me. When I tackle a cleaning task like whirlpool tub jets that haven't been cleaned in 11 years and a dishwasher that's not been cleaned in about three years I want to mix: CLR, bleach, Borax, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and baking soda (and maybe the half filled bottle of Coke that's been on the fridge for about four months just because I read on the Internet one time that Coke cleans pennies really well). Then I want to stand back and see the whole thing blow up so that I can text hubby, "There's been a minor accident and we *might* have to move."
2. Whirlpool tub jets that haven't been cleaned like ever might give you an STD. If not, cleaning them will make you asphyxiate and vomit. And, then you might think you would be better off with an STD.
3. The Internet is a lying sleazebag. (Autocorrect just corrected sleazebag. FINALLY autocorrect gets me.) The Internet told me I could clean the dishwasher with CLR (which I am pretty sure is what they threw on the witch in The Wizard of Oz).
But FIRST (what they DON'T tell you because "they assume you know that," said hubby quite condescendingly), make sure there is not a small cup blocking the disposal.
Because if there is you will go check Facebook because "you got this" and come back into the kitchen and there will be suds all. over. the. floor.
(No. There are no photos in this post because I am too ashamed and horrified at my pitiful cleaning skills and I still want you to like me.)
4. I cannot believe I am still married. After 23 (?) years hubby must overlook my total lack of cleanliness (and common sense) because I am beautiful? On the inside?
5. It would have been easier (and probably more cost effective considering I've been through 5? bottles of bleach, more CLR than it's healthy to inhale, two scrub brushes, and one level of sanity) to replace the dishwasher, and take a sledgehammer to the tub. After all, we have two tubs and the other one the housecleaner keeps sparkling.
6. The kids asked me why I am cleaning the dishwasher and the tub jets. Here's how that went:
Boy child: But, mom you never take a bath. Do you? You're a germ freak. I thought you said baths were nasty because all that water is floating around and you could get an infection and that's why you should always take showers.....with shower shoes?
Me: YOU ARE RIGHT. I SAID THAT. BUT I CANNOT LOOK AT THIS ANY LONGER BECAUSE IT IS MAKING ME PHYSICALLY ILL AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE IF I DON'T CLEAN THIS RIGHT NOW. TODAY. (I was screaming because the water in all six jets was on and there was still water coming out of the faucet - for good measure. And, also because the fumes and the actual work of it made me crazy.)
Boy child: Okay, mom. It's okay. Don't have a cow. You don't have to scream. I'm right here. And, also are you sure you should be breathing all this stuff? 'Cuz it kinda stinks in here.
Then Boy child passed out.
Girl 3: Momma, these bubbles all over the kitchen look COOL! But, why do you have to clean the dishwasher if the dishwasher is for cleaning?
Me: Please go to the fridge and bring momma a beer.
7. The Internet is a lying sleazebag. Wait, did I already say that? Step 112 on the dishwasher cleaning post was something like, "Make sure you run another cycle in the dishwasher with just water so that you can rinse the CLR out."
In case you ever decide to clean your dishwasher - just know that is a lie.
There is no rinsing the CLR out. You will have bubbly CLR on the bottom of your dishwasher after at least two cycles of clean water.
But, I can only think having your family consume CLR residue of off "clean" dishes for weeks to come is better than having them eat from dishes washed in a dirty dishwasher? Right?
8. It's 10:01 and I am drinking a beer to toast