steps to clean an old porcelain sink

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When Tyler and I moved into our 1940’s home, one of my favorite aspects was this beautiful porcelain sink. After a couple weeks of living here, I started to notice how awful our sink was looking. Then I started to worry… What if I ruined this old sink?? Was I really so rough on it? I’ve always dreamed of having a white (preferably farmhouse style) sink, but, was it really worth it? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Are we going to lose our deposit because of this? Help!

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Ugh. Look at that. After a few minutes of panic, I decided to (duh) Google it. Someone else has to have an old dingy sink right? Surely someone figured this out? I’m usually the type to just go for it, but I didn’t want to maybe cause any (more) damage to the sink. Here is what my Googleing found, and what worked best for me!

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First, spray the sink with Tilex. (The website said to put paper towels down on the wet surface to hold it to the porcelain. Well, we don’t buy paper towels. It’s so much more cost efficient and environmentally friendly to keep rags under the sink. The first time I did this I just left it open and did not cover the Tilex, but I really had to watch our cats like a hawk to make sure they didn’t play in the sink. I did want to try the paper towel method though, for comparison. And, FYI, I didn’t notice any difference in the outcome.) I let it sit for about an hour, and then rinsed it away.

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WHOA! Right?? Where’d the nasty yellow go?? It’s so white!! Really, only an hour of patience and it already looks so much better. (If the stains are really bad, you can let it sit overnight, though the Tilex bottle warns against prolonged use on porcelain. It’s up to your discretion.)

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Okay, now how about those black and silver scuffs. These freak me out. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because they look like veins. I don’t know. Anyway…

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I was shocked (!) when I read to use glass cook top cleaner on the scuffs. Really? It just seems so… wrong! Well it isn’t. It’s all sorts of right. Luckily we had some from our last house that had a glass top stove. Squirt some on the scuffs, and scrub away. I use a scrubby rag from Target.

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Look at that. Dang. I barely even had to use any effort to get the scuffs off. They basically just wiped off. So cool!

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Once your sink is nice and clean, dry it thoroughly and marvel at how pretty your sink looks. After it is completely dry, you can buff it with car wax for a longer life in between stains and scuffs. It preserved the niceness of our sink for a little while, but not enough for me to really do it each time.

What are your best methods for cleaning??

five tips for road trips!

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Our anniversary is coming up next month, and to celebrate we decided to go on a road trip to Santa Cruz!  Tyler and I have been on a few mini road trips together, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips to make the most out of your trip!

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1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

This is so important! This will set you up for a great trip, I promise. Most likely, you’re leaving early. Take the time to make breakfast, don’t grab a bite on the way. Even if it’s some quick eggs, or even cereal, it will make a difference on your trip. No one wants to start off the trip hangry, right?

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2. Music Everyone Agrees On

This one might seem obvious, but have you ever been on a road trip (hello family vacations) and someone puts on music that just makes your skin crawl? Or, your companion plays the same CD for 5 hours straight (guilty). It’s smart (and fun!) to plan some music ahead of time. Make a playlist that’s a nice mix of everyone’s favorite bands. Or make sure your iPod has a big variety of genres. Music sets the mood and tone and you don’t want someone, including yourself, to feel anxious or annoyed.

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3. (Healthy) Snacks!

I know, it might seem tempting to grab that bag of chips at the gas station. Or that candy bar. Or soda. But having something healthy to snack on will keep your mood and blood sugar levels up! This means less bickering and stops along the way! Sugars and dyes in processed foods do a number on our systems and our moods. Don’t let that affect the road ahead! Healthy snacks will keep you fuller longer, so no need to pull over for another bag of chips (yikes)! And, trust me, there will be lots of opportunities to to indulge on delicious food once you get to your destination.

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4. Games + Activities

There are plenty of games that you can play with everyone, another passenger, or even yourself! Do some research online and find what sounds most fun to you! It will keep those long stretches of “nothing” from seeming so… long. We like to bring MadLibs and cards for handheld Solitare. There are also some fun verbal games that don’t require any “tools” to play!

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5. Map Out Sights

It’s no secret that I love lists and being organized. Without lists, I find myself feeling overwhelmed and worried about forgetting something. Even if you’re not like me, I really recommend this list. It’s always smart to plan ahead and make sure you get to see what you want to see. Plan out where you’re going, what you have time for, and what you want to make time for. I hate the feeling of getting home and realizing we forgot to stop somewhere along the way. Or passing something, and thinking Oops, I’ll catch it on the way back! And then, not. Also, doesn’t it feel good to cross stuff off lists?? No? Just me? Okay.

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We are so excited to hit the road next month!

What are some of your Road Trip Tips??