Housekeeping is definitely not my strong suit, so indulge me while a share what might seem to some a rather mundane entry. To me it was a triumph. Our fridge is relatively old and has a textured finish which has collected some grease and grime over the years. I assumed the little brown flecks on the front were bits of rust showing through. I also thought the blackness on the handle was permanent since my occasional swipes with a rag or paper towel and dish detergent or cleaner had not changed it. However, a toothbrush and some original formula Murphy's Oil Soap concentrate poured straight on the brush brought back a new appearance. I was pleasantly surprised that the brown flecks, whatever they were, also came off. I will add here, in case it is helpful to anyone, that oil soap also works wonders on the vinyl straps of patio furniture where regular sudsy water just doesn't make a difference.
The other domestic triumph was getting some paint out of a good pair of darling son's jeans. Bless his heart, he is so like his mother. Was he painting? No. Was he salvaging paint? No. He spilled all the paint on his jeans just trying to salvage the little wire handle of the bucket. I guess the paint was fresh enough that it was softened with the first wash. Rather than hang the jeans out to dry, I took a toothbrush and some liquid detergent and scrubbed the paint stains vigorously. I left them wet for a while (few hours), then scrubbed some laundry powder into the stains. Again, I left that for a while before laundering. I was pleasantly surprised that the stains came out.
In a world of futility, it's nice to experience a couple of triumphs.