Pretend I’m Dead, Jen Begin’s debut novel, become one of our favorite books of 2018. It stars Mona, a 20-something housecleaner, terrible at relationships but exact at taking furtive images of herself wearing her customer’s garments. Begin’s observe-up, Vacuum in the Dark, additionally follows Mona as she attempts to scrub the dirt from her beyond and gift. Despite being brash, Mona is a lovingly-crafted and sincere person; it should come as no marvel that she Begins herself once wiped clean different humans’ houses. We requested the novelist to provide us her ten satisfactory guidelines to preserve your vicinity as sparkling as her prose.
Pumice stones do away with callouses from your toes. However, I don’t use them on my ft, and I must. I use them in my bathrooms. It’s the best component that eliminates difficult water stains from porcelain without scratching it. So, that ring round your bathroom bowl that in no way seems to head away? Hit it with the pumice. But ensure the pumice is white or grey—not black. You may need gloves for this procedure, though I in no way use them, which might be why I have the arms of a 73-year-old. Olive oil does polish stainless steel, but a chum advised me he used it on his home equipment, and his dogs spent the following numerous days licking his fridge and oven. But olive oil might be desirable for puppies. Two birds.
For sparkling rust stains, use lemon and salt. Make a type of paste with it, smear a beneficial quantity at the stains, and permit it to sit down for a minute. For hardcore rust stains, buy that wonderful toxic stuff on the lowest shelf in the grocery store. It is available in a bottle that makes you need to drink it, like Kombucha or Gatorade, but DON’T DRINK IT. To get your sheets and towels without a doubt white—and all of us should have white linens, in my view, as it’s classy—use bluing liquid, no longer bleach. My favorite product is Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing: Whitening Whites Safely Since 1883. It’s available online, and it’s focused and non-poisonous and will closing forever because you handiest need a quarter of a teaspoon for a whole load of linens. Read the commands carefully—you must add the bluing agent to water earlier than including your linens. I comprehend it appears weird to scrub your white gadgets in blue liquid, however for clear motives, and I don’t recognize, really white fabric is a bit blue.
The best manner to clean a microwave is to dampen a rag with water and a bit of lemon juice and zap it for fifteen seconds. Let the rag cool for 5 seconds. Wipe out the microwave. Smile. All that spaghetti sauce caught to the top is now on your rag, and the microwave smells like lemons. (This is also the most effective manner to clean your sponges while they may be semi-new but by hook or by crook already stinky.)