I embarked with this blog because there are two things I’m good at.

  1. Talking about my daily life
  2. Cleaning

I created this page for class knowing full well that it would be difficult, but I was also confident in my ability to have things to say about cleaning. After all, I did it everyday and with great enthusiasm in most cases.

So I turned a routine chore into a journalistic endeavor and the results were…to say the least…unique. But that’s exactly what I was going for. I never wanted to be ordinary (And a few of the contacts I spoke with on the phone and through email could attest to my unusual requests).

Here are some of my favorite posts:

Do It for the Fishes

Sponge With Benefits

5 Cleaners to Love

Interview with Dial-A-Mop’s Rita Towner

My Morning with Housekeeping

I’m proud of these posts because they all took a good amount of time to assemble. Often, pictures and witty comments were involved in the making of these successes.

As for the future of the sponge, I am moving on.

Although I’ll still be running mom duty, nagging about dishes, scrubbing bathrooms and buying unnecessary appliances, I may not always be broadcasting it. But hey. I’m an impulsive kid. You never know when I might get the urge to share pictures of my residence.

And with a  lease starting next week on my brand new, senior year house, there will be plenty to tell.

I’ll leave you (for now) with what I know you’ve been dying to see. Because all semester I’ve been talking up how clean I keep my apartment, it’s only fair that I prove it. Meet my dingy residence.

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I’ve been hedging my words lately.

If you noticed, I had a knack around here for claiming my desire to go out and explore some cleaning avenues. I talked about calling companies. I mentioned exploring neighboring bedrooms. And once or twice, I probably resorted to the words, “branching out.”

But when it came down to it, I resorted to making half-attempts in lazy reluctance.

That’s no longer.

For a “one-of-a-kind” interview, I ventured out on a rainy Monday morning last week. My goal? To talk with Rowan housekeeping staff. And with the building maintenance keys in hand, I walked the dorm hallways to find cleaning staff and hear their stories.

One lady stood out. And the following is what I learned. (more…)

For the record, I’ll be posting my final project in the coming days.

It’s a feature story I’m writing about the housekeepers at Rowan University. And guess who got himself up and ready before 10:00 this morning to do the interview?

I was fortunate enough to get inside one of the freshman dorms here on campus and chat with one exceptionally interesting cleaner for a good amount of time. She had lots to say and my hope is that it’ll make a good profile piece by the time I get it written.

So stay tuned.

Finals week may be approaching, but I’m still hard at work. No slacking for this kid.

If you can’t tell from the “Born in the USA-esque” banner at the top of the page (which was completely intentional by the way) it’s not just any sponge that I endorse.

Oh no. An ordinary sponge is too plain for my taste.

So maybe that title is slightly deceptive. What it should read, and what I’m giving credit to this weekend, is the Dish Wand.

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How, you may ask, am I ever going to complete an entire post around an oddly shaped sponge on a handle of ergonomic plastic?

I’ll make you want one.

Granted, there is a learning curve to using the dish wand. Even I had a hard time adjusting to the sometimes clunky handling. But it’s something you get used to.

Working it is simpler than using the toilet stamper. And that’s saying something. All it comes down to is pouring the soap in the wand, running hot water over the sponge to loosen it up, and pressing a button to dispense (Notice a recurring theme).

But the difference is in the dish washing. It’s that handle that makes the dish wand worth its $2.99.

When you’re down in the gritty of washing dishes, having a dry, soap-free place to keep your fist is a novelty. It allows you complete control of the sponge. It provides leverage for tough grease stains. And it gets you moving fast.

If I can shift the focus away from infomercial details, I’d like to point out that it’s often frustrating when the sponge holds back the soap. I’ve learned that you really have to hold the button to get the soap flowing or else you’re scrubbing with just hot water.

The dish wands can bought at most retail stores. Refill sponges can be bought separately and they usually last about a month before getting soppy.

So if you’re feeling adventurous this weekend, have a pile of dishes to do, and want something different, give it a shot. I haven’t used a regular sponge in a year since I bought my dish wand. And from what I hear, they’re catching on…


I just discovered an article in the Wall Street Journal Online about couples who can’t agree on living arrangements.

In the first case from the article, the man is neat, clean, and more than a little crazy. His wife is carefree and could care less about staying organized. And I’m happy to say that despite my interest in keeping tidy, I can’t really relate to most of these neat-freaks.

Sure. I throw that term around. But would I ever deliberately smash dirty dishes left in the sink because my roommates forgot to clean them? God, I hope not.

Because there’s a line between neatness and cleanly imperialism. And I like to think that I’m just plain old neat. Not crazy.

It’s just habit. The trait is built into me and I like that the article shows differences between people’s personalities. Some are just naturally cleaner than others.

Keep that thought in mind. It’s a concept I’ll be bringing up every now and then.

Alright look.

I know most readers don’t have a need to hire a maid or seek professional cleaning services. I realize it’s out of the question to spend money on cleaners. But you know something?

It doesn’t hurt to be aware. These are businesses and whether or not most average folks take advantage of cleaning companies is up for question.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll try to explore some of the mapped businesses in Glassboro and see what they’re all about. In the meantime, take a look at what’s around.

Believe it or not, South Jersey is a good place for cleaning companies.

I’m a sucker for new cleaning products. It doesn’t matter what it is.

If it’s heavily advertised, looks shiny, and does something that most cleaning products $2 cheaper can do, chances are I want it.

Case in point: Toilet Cleaning Gel

I first saw this on a TV commercial. It looks like this bought from Shoprite for $4.29.

Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Gel

Manufactured by Scrubbing Bubbles, it’s nothing more than an innovative way to keep your bathroom smelling like a fresh load of laundry. It’s cleaner. Only you don’t have to worry about a disc floating around or constant upkeep with Lysol.

So it cleans. But the way I see it, it’s not about the result. It’s about the process. Using this thing was a breeze and pretty downright hilarious.


This is it, folks. The magic wand of the toilet bowl. As you can see, it dispenses little globs of gel. Resembling something like a hair product (or a really large loogie) it adheres to the side of the bowl and just…works.

Using it was a lot like using a stamp. Push. Press. And voila. Out comes toilet bowl cleaner. Fascinating. I just wished it made my water a soothingly blue color.

The box advertises it to last up to a week and there are a total of six gel discs in the wand. So I’ll basically have the cleanest toilet on the campus for the rest of the semester. And you know what?

That makes me a very happy man.