From the top of the fridge to that dark place, The Underbeds!

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Eugene, Oregon
December 7, 2016 2:42pm CST
I wrote recently about the dusty, dirty tops of refrigerators and how they can be out of sight and our of mind. Many myLot writers responded and agreed that it was hard to get to the fridge tops mostly because they are out of reach. With some of Anne's art quilting friends coming over tomorrow, weather permitting, this morning was spent doing a major house cleaning. When I say major, that includes under the beds, though presumably, none of these ladies will be looking there. Dust accumulates fast and grows into bunnies, then rabbits and on to kangaroo size if not apprehended and disposed of. Since Anne has some back problems, I have spent the morning helping to vacuum, mop and, yes, invade the forbidding darkness of the Underbeds armed a flashlight and a dust mops of various calibers. I can report that it is once more safe to enter the bedrooms. I will wager that many myLotters clean under beds every week. Are you one of those neat people?
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@MALUSE (40229)
• Germany
7 Dec 16
If you want to get a real shock, then check *behind* the fridge and the stove!
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@RasmaSandra (17607)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
7 Dec 16
Now you're talking. I did that I believe a year ago and I cannot bring myself to do it again but soon it will have to be done @MALUSE
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@LadyDuck (157655)
• Switzerland
8 Dec 16
@MALUSE The stove is the worst, because it's even more greasy.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
8 Dec 16
@LadyDuck I have found that the "magic eraser" by Mr. Clean--or the generic equivalent--is ideal for easily cleaning greasy stoves. I tried everything and usually the grease just moved around and it was so hard to clean. For some reason I tried the magic eraser and it works like a charm!
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7 Dec 16
I dont have any under beds at my house. My kids have a tendency to break bed frames and scoot all of their mess under them when told to clean, so we are now down to boxsprings on the floor with the mattresses on top.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec 16
That is good way to eliminate the Underbeds.
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 Feb 17
@thehousewife Thanks for commenting!
@amadeo (65973)
• United States
7 Dec 16
we not clean every year under the bed.The worst part is behind the fridge,and under the stove.Which is very nasty.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
I was amazed that @LadyDuck cleans under beds daily!
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@LadyDuck (157655)
• Switzerland
10 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic Try for a few days to do this every day and you can see how much dust there is every single day.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Dec 16
@LadyDuck I may try to do that next week.
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@LadyDuck (157655)
• Switzerland
8 Dec 16
No James, under the bed not every week, but every day. It is incredible how much dust there is every day under the bad and my husband is allergic to the dust.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
@LadyDuck, Anna, I had a feeling that you would be among the most conscientious Underbed dust foes, but this is amazing! If a prize were offered, you would win it! I am afraid to look now, since you said so much accumulates daily.
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@LadyDuck (157655)
• Switzerland
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic Yes, it is incredible, I clean every day and every morning I find new dust. I wonder where it comes from.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
@LadyDuck I suspect that there are aliens from outer space bringing in their dust from whatever power source they use and storing it on Earth in the Underbeds.
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@Sasquatchy (1115)
• Canada
7 Dec 16
Actually my wife has all these storage bags under the bed so there isn't any room for bunnies to hatch.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
They may be hard to see, but they are there, lurking.
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• Canada
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic hah! I'm imagining an army brewing that will come out and strike one night!
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
@Sasquatchy Listen carefully as you go to sleep. See if you can hear them plotting.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
7 Dec 16
I don't have the time to clean under the beds each week. Lol. I wish I did! Now that we are moving this weekend I'm scared for the beds to be moved.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
That could be scary, but at least you get a fresh start at the new place.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic Yeah it will be scary I'm sure. Lol. The kids are getting trundle beds at the new house so I won't have to worry about the scary things under beds. Lol
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
@LovingMyBabies That is a great idea!
@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
8 Dec 16
I try but its an old rented house. The duck tubes are rusty and full of dust and small crawling creatures. Maybe that is why those bunnies actually move if you look close enough.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
Those creepy crawlies are the worst!
@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
9 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic you know I've talking about the microscopic ones, actually they are magnifying glass size
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
@Bluedoll Yes, but all the more menacing, no?
@allknowing (65199)
• India
8 Dec 16
I have a housekeeping programme in that once every week tops fridges and tops of everything else get a proper dusting.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
That is the way to go!
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@allknowing (65199)
• India
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic Unless there is a schedule housekeeping can go haywire
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
@allknowing That is a good way to describe my method.
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@Marty1 (33603)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8 Dec 16
@jamesHxStatic I don't clean i have a cleaning service come every other week. I do the dishes and laundry because LOVE TO DO BOTH!
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
We both do laundry, but dishes are a chore even with a dishwasher. A cleaning service would be a good thing.
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@Marty1 (33603)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic Well, maybe I don't mind doing dishes because I only have my own dishes to wash. I do have a lot of laundries, though. I have to do some tomorrow! It is calming to me repetitive motion and nice warm water on the hands! Sort of lie my daily meditation
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
@Marty1 Oh, well if it helps that way, it must be a good thing.
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@Platespinner (16507)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Dec 16
When we lived in a house with hardwood floors I had to be diligent or those bunnies would be escaping from under the beds and scampering across the floor. We currently have carpeting so the bunnies aren't nearly as rambunctious...besides which my eyesight isn't what it once was I I'm not as quick to see them. As for quilting? A not insignificant part of my fabric stash is tucked away under my bed, so I poke around down there quite frequently.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
Well, be sure to be alert while poking around down there. I know with carpet that they are able to blend in more easily (according to Anne).
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic Fortunately they don't bite. At least not in my experience.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
@Platespinner Glad to hear the dustbunnies are gentle down where you live.
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@Hannihar (36535)
10 May
@JamesHxstatic When my landlord comes I like to make sure the apartment is nice and clean.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 May
That is a good idea.
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@Hannihar (36535)
11 May
@JamesHxstatic Thanks James.
@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Dec 16
We have our mattresses low so no need to clean underneath.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
That is a good thing.
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic .....Yes, it is.
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@just4him (117212)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Dec 16
I'm not that neat, but I've gotten a lot better with my housecleaning since my move. The only room in question is my office.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
I have never been accused of being neat.
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@just4him (117212)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Dec 16
@JamesHxstatic Neither have I, organized either.
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
11 Dec 16
It is easier to clean under beds when one has wooden floors, a lot easier than carpets.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Dec 16
Yes it is and we do have wooden floors, but those dark places are easy to forget.
@Tampa_girl7 (25707)
• United States
10 Dec 16
I guess that I am the Mylot minority. I only clean under my bed once or twice a year. I do vacuum as far as I can easily reach it a few times a week though.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Dec 16
Sounds like the majority to me. We are all over the place on this one.
@PatZAnthony (12660)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
9 Dec 16
It is funny how we clean in places people will never look. BUT, it has to be done sooner or later, so-tag, you're it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
That is the way it works alright, @PatZAnthony.
• Midland, Michigan
9 Dec 16
I used to be a lot neater than I am these days. That's mostly due to me running our business for my husband and also working full-time at my cashiering job. I used to try to do a major cleaning at least yearly if not every six months. I used to go through everyone's clothes in the closets to get rid of things not worn in a long time and switch around seasonal clothing, but I've not even done that in years. Our bed, underneath, contains storage of various types. Plus we have a king-sized bed and it's carpeted, not the bed but the floor. The best way for us to get at that space is to lift up the mattress and box springs and clean it from above. We did that over a year ago. With my bad knee and the health issues he's had in the past year, it's not been done since. Most of our fridge is covered by a cabinet, but it would probably be a good idea to clean what's sticking out. My brother will be installing a new disposal and kitchen faucet one of these weeks, and I've been busy enough dusting the living room floor, keeping up on the mopping of the kitchen floor and keeping the dishes at bay. I think those other things can wait until after my surgery. Maybe while I'm not able to work those three months I can get at some of those much-needed things.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
I hope that surgery goes well for you. It sounds as if you are doing all you can under the circumstances.
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
9 Dec 16
My husband had a allergy test to find out what was making him sneeze and be miserable. The two things he is allergic to are dust mites and cockroaches.... we laughed out loud when the doctor told him... there are no cockroaches in our house and never have been, probably because we are too north. However the under the bed was ignored a lot and when we got that news I started dust moping under the bed at least twice a week. His nose stopped making noises and we are glad to know, and the amount of dust under the bed was huge,,,, We bought a new bed too...
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
I am glad to hear that you found the remedy to his allergies. I need to pay more attention to the Underbed as well.
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• United States
9 Dec 16
the size 'f roos?? mercy! {gigglin'} i've only one bed that i can clean 'nder 'n do such weekly. our bed 'tis a custom made drawer thingy beneath 'n e'en though i run the vac the best i can, i'm certain there's prolly a baby woolly mammoth lurkin' right'n the middle 'f the head 'f the bed.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Dec 16
Ohhh that is even worse than a kangaroo!
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
8 Dec 16
I am not, sad to say! I always mean to do it and never get around to it. Conversely, I have cleaning the fridge top on my desktop mini-minder software and it reminds me ever other month to clean the top of the fridge! I will have to add the underbeds (I love that term!) to my reminders. Wish I had my mom's old dustmop, I can't find anything like that around anymore.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec 16
Anne has a long handled thing you can put a Swiffer duster on an it grabbed a lot. Glad you liked my 'underbeds' term.