A Rose is just a Rose; or is it? This particular one is made of wood and was a Valentine’s Day gift from Alexa. Little did she realize that she was gifting me with a nifty little cleaner.
I already posted about my new lightweight vacuum cleaner, but what I didn’t tell you was how easy it is to clean unless you get the dirt and grime sucked into the top half of the canister (where the words “extreme cyclonic” are). I got dirt stuck in there days ago, but was able to get my fingers up there to pull it out. The last 2 times I used the vaccum I was not so lucky.
I tried and tried to shake the debris down to where I could grab it, but just couldn’t do it. Then I remembered I had already used my rose stem to clean the straw of my favorite ice tea glass. If you’re a serious ice tea drinker like I, you average at least 3 glasses a day and your straw can get pretty blocked up (just like a pipe). I used to use pipe cleaners to clean it, but ran out awhile back. I tried putting the straw in the dishwasher, but that didn’t work either. Then I tried the wooden stem and it worked. It took about 10 minutes of pushing the stem up and down and rinsing out the straw before it was clean, but it worked.
So I pulled out my trusty wooden rose and stuck it into the top half of the detached vacuum canister. I had to wiggle it around awhile before getting the debris down far enough that I could grab it with my fingers, but I succeeded and that’s what’s important. Then I promptly washed my wooden rose in soapy water and stuck it back in the glass vase until the next time it’s needed. Onward…