. . . is that it gets dusty!
When we were decorating for Christmas, Hubby pointed out a cobweb extending from the artificial greenery on top of one of the kitchen cabinets to the top hat light above it! I didn’t think it was very noticable even after he pointed it out, but it was definitely a signal that it was time to clean that green stuff.
Hmmm, but how to do it? When I had washed artifical greenery in the past it had always been in warm weather. I would take them out on the deck, hose them down, and then let them dry in the sun.
But I really needed to wash them now — who knew how many more cobwebs were in the making? I was thinking maybe in the shower. But Hubby made a better suggestion. He thought it might work well to wash them in the bath tub, letting the jets agitate them in the soapy water a little. Brilliant!
So, we gathered the greenery from on top of the cabinets and some from other parts of the house too, and put them all in the tub with some squirts of dishwashing soap and lots of warm water.
I can just imagine all that green stuff saying, “Ahhhh, finally!” By the way, FYI, the brown isn’t dirt (they weren’t that dirty!). I guess designers of green stuff do that for people like me. No one would ever believe I would have plants in my house without some dead leaves on them. The brown makes them much more believable!
After the tub was full, I turned on the jets for about 30 seconds. I was afraid to do it any longer than that, and I watched the jets very closely to make sure none of the vines got into them. I think that could be bad for the jets and the vines too!
After their bath, I layed towels on the bathroom floor and spread them out to dry.
When they were no longer drippy, I moved them to the edge of the tub to complete their drying time (and to get them out of the way). I kind of liked this look, but I suppose if I left them there, it would be a little tricky to use the tub. A leap over greenery into a bath tub isn’t a good idea even for children, much less grandmas!
A few hours later when they were dry, we returned them to their “homes” on top of the cabinets. I really can’t tell much difference in the way they look, but there is some satisfaction in just knowing that they are clean. (And, while I was giving the greens their “bath,” Hubby vacuumed the tops of the cabinets and the lights. After 43 years, we work well together.)
Mission accomplished, but also a lesson learned. From now on, I’m really going to try to remember to wash these babies in the fall, before it gets cold, so that I can do it outside. There was one big negative to doing it this way — a realllllly dirty bath tub that I didn’t enjoy cleaning at all!
But, if the green stuff could talk, I’m pretty sure they would say thank you. Don’t we all feel better after a nice soak in the bathtub?
p.s. My friend, Hilary, left the following comment that I think is just too funny not to share. It will be especially funny for those of you who remember Laurel and Hardy and Hardy’s trademark line, “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into.”
Hilary’s comment: “So, when you were done washing the plants and noticed the tub, did you put on your very best Oliver Hardy voice, turn to your husband and say.. “Well, here’s another vine mess you’ve gotten me into!”
Thanks, Hilary. For a great closing line for this post!