Ask UfYH: Taking Shortcuts

Q: I am often ill and overexertion makes me worse. When I’m having a bad time, the house gets squalid. Then when I feel better I CAN’T marathon, but slow and steady is slow. Are things like floor wipes and bathroom cleaning wipes really, really awful?

A: It’s really easy for someone to say, “Yes, those things are awful. Never use them.” But that’s not the whole story. It never is.  Read More Ask UfYH: Taking Shortcuts

Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of ineffective ways to clean, but most of them involve whatever you’re cleaning ending up dirtier than when you started. For almost everything, though, there’s no one correct way to clean something, and thinking that there is just leads to a whole lot of nothing getting done. Read More Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Ask UfYH: How Do I Help My Friend With Her Messy House?

Q: My friend’s house is a total wreck. She wants to clean it up, but it’s very daunting and no one else who she lives with will help her. I want to help her clean, but she’s embarrassed about the house and won’t let me inside. Is there anything I could do or say so I can help her? Read More Ask UfYH: How Do I Help My Friend With Her Messy House?

Ask UfYH: 5 Things to Clean When You Only Have 5 Minutes

Q: This is probably cheating somehow, but say I only have the energy or the inclination to clean five minutes at a time. And those times aren’t really close together. What can I do that will make the most difference?

A: That’s not cheating, my friend. That’s life. We’re busy people who really don’t want to clean, and anyone who says differently is selling something.  Read More Ask UfYH: 5 Things to Clean When You Only Have 5 Minutes

Ask UfYH: Mattresses are Gross

Q: How do I get a pee stain out of a mattress? There isn’t a smell, but there is a stain. Things I have done: put high strength peroxide on it and cleaned it with my mix of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn, which de-yellows white shirts but will not de-pee my mattress.

Q: How do you get cat pee smell out of a mattress?

Q: I’m giving my mattress and bed frame to a family member, but would like to know if there’s a way to get menstrual stains out of the mattress first.

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Ask UfYH: Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Q: I have a chronic illness that leaves me unable to stand for long periods of time (and sometimes even short ones). I get tired very easily, and too much physical exertion can result in an attack that lasts for days and requires me to take some really awful medications. I want a clean house, and I can’t afford to get someone in to help. Is there anything I can do, or should I resign myself to living in a dump? Read More Ask UfYH: Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Ask UfYH: It’s Clean — Now What? The Importance of the Reset

So you cleared off your dining room table! Or possibly your bedroom floor, or that kitchen counter that seems to breed random crap. It’s nice, right? Gives you a sense of accomplishment to look at? And then, even though you try to stop it, that obnoxious little voice tells you to enjoy this moment, because it’s just going to be covered in crap again in a day or two. I know you know that voice. Read More Ask UfYH: It’s Clean — Now What? The Importance of the Reset