This hog ain't no pig – watch how he tidies up the room

Paul is a VERY good pig. Watch as, at his owner's behest, he cleans the heck out of his belongings, putting them back in his toy box, where they belong. I'd give so much if I could teach my dog to do this. Read the rest

$12 chainmail scrubber works wonders on waffle irons

Cleaning a cast iron pan is no problem. Cleaning a waffle iron can be a pain in the ass. This $12 chainmail scrubber gets into the nooks and crannies..

Fucking waffles. I have no idea why, likely it is just happenstance, but every now and then a waffle sticks to the iron. Admittedly, using a cast iron waffle iron is more art than science. You don't want to over oil it. You better not under oil it, and oh-for-gods-sake do not forget to oil it at all. Whatever I do, occasionally a waffle gets stuck.

It is no pleasure getting waffle remains out of a heart-shaped waffle iron, let me tell you. The first thing I try is simply making a new waffle on top of the crusty remains of stuck waffle! Sometimes new waffle pulls dead waffle right the heck out! I suggest undercooking new waffle just a bit. If this does not work I move on to the chainmail scrubber.

I've reviewed the chainmail scrubber before, people told me I'm crazy. Ignore people, this thing is great! The links on this chainmail scrubber work perfectly to fit into the waffle-channels and grind out stuck, dried waffle. I'm not going to bullshit you and pretend this is an easy job, but I usually find a medium effort pass with the chainmail, and a quick rinse with warm water and a sponge, will get everything cleaned out. If it doesn't, making a new waffle in whatever is left over always finishes the job. Read the rest

Carpet is disgusting

This is your regularly scheduled important reminder that carpet is bad.

I have it in just one room of my house and no matter how often I clean it, the rinsewater looks like this. Carpet: Mattress of Filth.

I won't even recommend a steam cleaner. It's just so nasty, all of it. Don't buy one. Instead, destroy all carpet. Read the rest

Get 100 generic Magic Erasers

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Get 30 generic Magic Erasers for $3.50

I've written about melamine foam (sold as Magic Erasers) before. They are great for getting rid of mars and stains on almost any surface. The last time I reviewed them, a box of 30 cost $7.89 on Amazon, which was a great price. Today I learned that the price has dropped to $3.49 for 30.

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Here's the best and easiest way to maintain your cast iron cookware

I prefer to do my cooking on cast iron cookware. Cast iron is an astonishingly effective non-stick surface. It heats evenly and is super simple to clean. I can think of only two negatives: it is heavy, and maintenance is very different from my other pots and pans.

I have a set of more-common-today stainless/copper cookware. After using a pot or pan, I scrub it out in the sink with hot soapy water, dry and put away. Sometimes, when I'm lazy or just so inclined, I even put it in the dishwasher. It is what most people are used to now.

Because cast iron is seasoned to create its non-stick properties, and to keep it from rusting away, it needs different cleaning and maintenance. The coating of seasoning on your pan is a layer of polymerized oil. It's tough, and keeps air, water and food from ever coming in contact with the highly reactive iron surface. Most of the time cleaning it is super simple: while the pot or pan is hot, throw in a large handful of kosher salt, and using a wadded up paper towel, you scrub the sucker out.

You toss away the salt, wipe out the dusty remains, and let the cookware cool. If you want, and I do every 3 or 4 uses of an item, you can wipe it down lightly with your cooking oil of choice. I recommend wiping it off as much as you can, so the layer is just super thin, and heat the pan until it smokes. Read the rest

$(removed) brush removes pet hair like magic

I try to use the Love Glove regularly to groom our cats. But fur ends up on our beds, clothes, and upholstery anyway. The Carrand Lint and Hair Removal Brush ($(removed) for Amazon Prime members) takes care of those errant hairs. The bristles are made of rubber and cat fur would rather stick to rubber than fabric, so it works like a charm. Check out the glowing reviews in Amazon for this brush. To clean it, just rinse it off (under a hose, so the fur doesn't clog the drain). Read the rest

Raccoon sweeps the floor

Looks like Disney wasn't lying when they portrayed forest animals helping clean homes.

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Microfiber ropes for cleaning nooks and crannies

Getting grime out of tight places on my bikes can be a real pain. This microfiber line lets me clean, and shine, even the toughest spots! Read the rest

The thrill of cleaning in video games

For lots of commercial games, being able to spatter the walls with viscera or to leave a mess of smashed barrels and crates behind is part of the abandon. But aren't people often just as driven by the urge to clean up? Read the rest