We're knee deep in doing our best to save as many pennies as we can, while trying to outfit our new home with the basics to sustain life. Since our new place wasn't a residence previously we need everything from sinks to toilets to lighting. Along the way we've discovered that saving money doesn't always mean acquiring clean finds however!
We ran across this pair of restaurant sinks on Craigslist and we were warned that they were dirty. We assumed your normal light coating of grease like many of the other restaurant finds we've come across lately, but when we arrived, we were in for quite a surprise.
This pair of sinks has to have sat no more than 2 inches from a fryer in its previous life as it was coated with a ridiculous amount of grease, food chunks and other things we cared not to identify. Knowing it would take us hours of work to clean this at home, we stopped off at our local car wash to hose them down.
Who knew engine and tire cleaner would get them so shiny? Sure we received odd looks, but it worked like a champ and the light misting from the water was much appreciated when temperatures were over 100 degrees! You can use the same technique on tables and chairs that are covered in mud and debris, outdoor furniture if you don't want to buy a pressure washer (though you'll want to take a sand bag to hold them down so they don't get blown away by the pressure), and other solid surfaces.
Even if it sounds crazy to take chairs to the car wash, they'll recover quickly and your work will get done in a fraction of the time!
(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)