Yesterday I was going through the zillions of photos I have stored on my computer in an attempt to organize them. In the process I came across some photos I took forever ago that I never got around to using. I’m not sure how or why these particular photos got lost in the shuffle because they were for a post that I think the world needs to know about! How to clean the pull cords on your window blinds when they get really, really, really dirty (like mine!)
Anyone who has ever had blinds in their home knows that after repeated lifting and lowering, the pull cord can get pretty gross! I must have stared at the dirty cord above my kitchen sink a million times in frustration because I had no idea what to do about it. Then one day it came to me in a “lightbulb moment.”
I was engaging in my daily Pinterest perusal when I came across this clever trick for cleaning a shower head. I realized that the same concept might just work for my nasty pull cord. I figured it was at least worth a try.
HERE’S WHAT I DID:
Take a small plastic bag and fill it with a 50/50 mixture of bleach and hot water.
CAREFULLY put your lift cord in the bag (you might want to get someone to help you with this, however, I managed to do it alone because I was worried if I asked anyone to help me they would question my sanity!)
CAREFULLY twist the top of the bag and secure it closed with whatever means you have available. (I used a clothespin, but a rubber band or twist tie would work as well.) Just make sure it’s VERY SECURE! You don’t want bleach water to come crashing down all over the place.
Once you have your bag securely in place, all that’s left to do is wait. I left mine like this overnight.
In the morning, after I took the bag off and patted the cord dry, it looked like this!
Quite an improvement! I’d venture to say it looked BRAND NEW (except for the cracked plastic thingie on the end.)
I know it’s a small thing….but I can’t tell you how happy it made me. I look at that cord at LEAST once a day, every day, and now when I do it’s to admire how nice and clean it looks rather than ruminate over how icky it is.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference when caring for our homes. Wouldn’t you agree? :-)