Today was fixing the on/off valve for the washer to work as it had been leaking. Luckily I live with a “plumber” who ordered the new parts a while ago. I helped switch valves. I now know about tape and sealant that you put on before you screw both sides on with an adjustable wrench. And that turning it counter clockwise closes it and clockwise opens it, when you’re screwing the hose to the washing machine. That was after I sat watching the washer to see if there were other leaks. Then we hung up the clothes so as not to use the dryer while turning off the water. We also filled the bath and a sink and took showers and filled water bottles in case something went wrong and we had to go without water for a while.
It’s good to be prepared for all eventualities during a pandemic when dealing with plumbing and water. Anyway, it all went smoothly. The new valve doesn’t leak and the tubes were sealed properly on the other end into the washer. No more going to the laundry room to empty a tiny bit of water in a bucket and hopefully not in the bathroom the small container under the cold water turn on which was leaking a tiny bit.
Then I removed a tarp that was on the shelves in my office/closet and decided to clean the fan that I’m using in there. A white fan that works well but was extremely dirty and very satisfying to clean. It would not have been fun if I had not heard of crud cutter, a magical cleaner that will get dirt off when nothing else does. I don’t want to know what kind of crazy chemicals are in it.
I came across the magic of crud cutter in the fall of 2012 or 2013. We were going to the party for probably kindergarten parents I think. Both years the party was at the same apartment. I know I’d never been there. I was wearing a Betsey Johnson dresst that was white and at the top half it was black and white pattern, sleeveless, back when there were places to dress up for. I remember putting it on thinking, it’s stupid to wear a white dress to an event when you know you like red wine.
Anyway I was nervous as we didn’t know these parents and I’m not great at parties. I felt intimidated by them. When we got there there was plenty to feel intimidated about, starting with their incredible apartment. They had “Art” on their walls. They had three kids; their son the youngest was in my kid’s class. I got some red wine to help with my inability to connect with grownups who have one thing in common with me – our kids being in class together. Everyone was nice but it wasn’t the kind of vibe where I expected to make any new friends. Then I spilled wine, on my white dress and their white carpet. Before I could feel too terrible and fall through the floor, one of the people working for them or the party got this stuff – go get the Crud Cutter. NExt thing they had it on the carpet and put it on my stain. I ran to the bathroom. The stain went from red to black to grey and then it disappeared. Magic. The same thing happened with their perfect white carpet. I remember talking to the teacher and she was giving us one word that she would use for each child. I wish I could remember what she said for mine. I think it was kind or creative. The teacher was super young but quite experienced and had perfect social skills. We didn’t stay long. Or maybe it seemed short because a lot of people were still there. I was exhausted.
That week I ordered Crud Cutter on Amazon before I forgot what it was called. We’ve used it on a lot of stains. Usually you have to get it on quickly and then you can leave it and throw it in the wash and the stain is gone. Another stain trick is hand sanitizer which of course now is not an option.
So I went at the dirty all over white fan with crud cutter and got it completely as clean as it could be. It was like magic. Fans bother me when they’re dirty, because you look inside and want to clean the actual fan pieces but they seem so out of reach.
There should be a Crud Cutter for ghosts, like I put it on a picture of my dog and the picture melts and then I see his ghost. I still haven’t watched the Youtube video to get the box of ashes open.
We’re watching the series on Chernobyl as a family. My child loves Jaws and shark movies and has seen all kinds of murder and horror and for some reason, she finds this series very scary. She went through a Titanic phase, obsession with it, no fear. I said, this is like that except the bodies don’t freeze and turn blue, they burn up and turn red. I think Chernobyl feels more real to her. I can’t figure out if I just missed visiting the Soviet Union at that time. I think I was in Moscow, Kiev, Leningrad, Odessa in April so I must have just missed it. I think it would have been a big deal if our school trip had happened while it was going on. It was my first trip to the Soviet Union. My grandfather was born in Moscow and my grandmother in Odessa. His family was rich, hers poor, but the communists came and threw his family out of their grand apartment and they were homeless for a while. The trip was run by my English teacher Mrs. Rinden and her husband came too. It was not the whole senior class, just a small group of us. There’s a lot more to that visit but this post was supposed to just be about plumbing and cleaning appliances.