Friday, September 29th 2006
Works for me Friday

I’m hardly ever on the ball enough to get it done on the right day (Wednesday), but hey. Better late than never. 

Warning: y’all might think this post is tacky or gross. others of y’all might think it’s brilliant. whatever.

Flies. We have flies. Seems worse now that we have a dog, but there it is. Until the first freeze, I suppose there will be swarms of flies to battle, and sometimes that battle comes inside. I HATE flies in the house.

Mike’s method: flyswatter.

ew. germs, fly guts, and a nasty flyswatter swinging through the air and spreading microscopic fly particles.

So, if he’s around, that’s how it gets done. But when I’m the one in the Fly Battle, I turn to Windex Multitask spray in the pretty light green color. Windex for flies…? Um, yeah. It is "Multitask" after all.

I  chase a fly to a window, and spray a few times. Leave. Come back. Wipe up, and discard. You have a dead, disinfected and intact fly and a clean window. Multitask, indeed!

If someone should come into the home during the ‘leave’ step, as Mike has done, they might question your brilliance. They might see that you have sqirts of stuff on your windows, dead flies in puddles, and not get that your plan is perfection in action- it just isn’t yet completed. It’s okay, just explain it and smile.

And yes. This IS my version of ‘domestic.’ I know. It’s a bit unconventional. And as long as we’re being domestic here, I’m happy to tell you that I really hated the Swiffer Carpet Flick. It’s orange and spiffy and supposed to effortlessly pick up crumbs under my dining room table. Except the Swiffer Carpet Flick seems to think that my crumbs are too big. It’s good for crumbs smaller than a cheerio, but if you have WHOLE cheerios, or goldfish, or like, nineteen hundred-y thousand – well, then you need to crunch them into a fine dust with your shoes before you Swiffer Carpet Flick them. And I’m trying to teach the kids not to do that, so I had to find this out quickly while they were out of the room one day, and it’s just not worth it. If you have to grind the food into your floor before the device will work, well, that just doesn’t work for me on a friday. or any day.

but guess what? i found out why my kids stomp the cheerios and goldfish in the first place! It is SOO fun. (in a ‘just that once’ kinda way.)


30 Comments on “Works for me Friday”

September 29th, 2006
11:07 am

Your multitasking with Windex reminds me of the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding … remember he used Windex for everything? I’ve never tried it on flies — sounds like a good idea. Our house backs up to a cow pasture (minus the cows), but if the kids are in and out of the back door all day, we have our share.

September 29th, 2006
11:13 am

I love it I love it I love it!

Sounds like my kind of domestic!

September 29th, 2006
11:14 am

I think carpet flicks are for people who already have spotless homes.

For people who are OCD and can’t stand the thought of near invisible dust bunnies residing on their gleaming floors.

When I get ready to clean the floor? It usually requires a paint scraper and a shop vac.

September 29th, 2006
11:31 am

I use this same method for ants that come to visit in the kitchen and bathroom. It is so much more pleasant than “poison”, stinky bug spray and seems to work just as well. Works for me too!

Big Mama
September 29th, 2006
11:59 am

I have been a fan of Windex fly removal system for lo these many years. It’s pure genius and you’re right, the epitome of multi-tasking.

September 29th, 2006
12:36 pm

LOL! “It’s so fun!” :-)

September 29th, 2006
12:38 pm

How funny! I pay my kids a nickel a fly. but they have to dispose of the bodies.

Mary, mom to many

September 29th, 2006
1:22 pm

Too funny! I do the same thing. Windex also works well and I’ve even used spray starch once when a wasp got in the house…it “freezes” as the stuff dries and then can’t move. Works for me!

julie carobini
September 29th, 2006
2:04 pm

I LOVE this!!! Genius proportions. The only thing I’d probably do differently is take a wet vac to the bellied-up critter, ha.

September 29th, 2006
2:18 pm

Funny. I do love multi-tasking, but this is a new one. Maybe my windows will actually get cleaned this fall when the flies start coming inside, as they do EVERY fall.

September 29th, 2006
4:05 pm

For the record Tilex, KaBoom, Lysol and various other brands of hairspray and airfreshener also work when you need to kill a fly (or any other bug), but none of those products leave the windows all sparkly afterwards. In fact, you may need a fair amount of Windex just to clean up whatever fly-killing puddle you just sprayed all over the place – so just start with Windex!

K, you forgot to mention the other household approach to flies: Charlo licks them to death. If you’re walking through the house and find a slobbery fly carcass on the floor, Charlo’s been chewing on him like gum and then spit him out when he got bored. I just think that’s hilarious.

September 29th, 2006
4:43 pm

i am so glad you posted this! We love to keep the windows open in our new house 1. b/c it’s fall in the northeast and I love the breeze 2. b/c we now live in a peaceful area and don’t have to listen to our neighbors fighting!
so anyway…the kids popped the screen out of one door and the flies have taken over. and i can’t find my pampered chef flyswatter so i’ve been chasing them with a newspaper!

September 29th, 2006
7:14 pm

Holysister has already said it but I’ve always loved hairspraying them while they’re in the air and watching ‘em drop. It’s a sickness I suppose.

Cool Mama
September 29th, 2006
7:19 pm

Ok..I gotta pop in again, on this one! I totally LOVE your version of domestic – seems to be tracking with mine. AND I can kill flies and clean windows at the same time! Now THERE’s one of the best pieces of knowledge I’ve picked up in a long time! Thank you! Off to buy Windex now!

September 29th, 2006
9:23 pm

Brilliant, I tell you. Brilliant! My choice of weapon has always been hairspray but it makes everything sticky and the house stinks like hairspray afterwards. Plus it takes about 1/2 a can to kill the evil spiders from hell that hang out in my house. (I don’t have many flies, I have spiders.)

Anyway, you are brilliant. I’m changing to Windex immediately. Next bug I see, out comes the Windex. I’ve always got about 3 or 4 bottles around the house anyway!

Thanks for the tip!

crickl's nest
September 29th, 2006
10:20 pm

LOL@the windex…it reminded me of Big Fat Greek Wedding too!

What’s a carpet flicker? lol


September 30th, 2006
9:44 am

Great idea!!

September 30th, 2006
8:53 pm

if you hang a bag of watter (think BIG ziploc) at the entrance of the room, flies won’t go in there. Don’t ask me WHY it works, a scientist could tell you. I just know that it totally works. We used to have BAD flies in our fenced in “cantina” in Alabama (thank God I don’t live there anymore) and someone told me about the bag hanging and it TOTALLY works. Just do NOT let your kid hit the bag for obvious reasons. IT IS FULL OF WATER…


September 30th, 2006
11:22 pm

Windex? Well who’da thunk it.
Makes perfect sense to me.
Now to add Windex to my shopping list.

Shannon @ Rocks in my Dryer
October 1st, 2006
9:47 pm

No one has ever made me laugh about WINDEX before. How do you do it, HM???

October 2nd, 2006
8:26 am

Microscopic fly particles? Well, this is a different topic, but I hate it when people pass gas inside the car, I just know they are releasing microscopic poopy particles, and then I’m breathing them in! Eewww. You and I are so on the same page in the germ catogory!! I once had a fruit fly outbreak, and I sprayed them all with Clorox cleanup. Killed them instantly and every thing was all disinfected at the same time. Of course, it you don’t like the bleach smell in your house, Windex is a much better choice.

October 2nd, 2006
10:34 am

ROTFL!! That is stinkin’ hilarious! I’ll try it!!

October 2nd, 2006
7:32 pm

Totally off topic, but I just sent you a NaNoWriMo challenge. You should totally do this…yeah, like, fer sherrr! It’s a blast, no matter whether you win (complete your 50,000 words) or not. C’mon, come be my NaNo buddy!

October 3rd, 2006
2:19 am

Windex works really well on ants too!

October 4th, 2006
11:32 pm

I will admit I have done this in the past…but ya know sometimes they just don’t die? Maybe I should switch to the Multi-task?

BTW – hubby was reading your blog to me while I was in the hospital. You almost made me pop a staple or two! Thanks for your real sense of humor it help me get through it all. Hugs to you!

October 5th, 2006
8:12 am

Just wondering, how are things going with the on-line dog purchase? That totally cracked me up–falling in puppy love on line!

October 5th, 2006
2:48 pm

Well, I was going to say it works for ants, but I see others have said that already, and had I shown up ON TIME to comment, that may not have been a problem… SOOOO… I’ll pose a question…

Have you tried one of THESE:

Because for $20, they work pretty darned good!

Blond Girl
October 5th, 2006
11:14 pm

Oh, I’ve been ridding my domicile of nasty bugs with windex for ages now. Works really well if you get those little sugar ants. My only problem now is that I just read Geekwif’s comment and I can’t believe that in something like 13 years of friendship, this has never come up. I should have been the one to teach her. I bow to you, master.

October 6th, 2006
11:11 am

You out for a while Kelsey? I’ve been checking in but I don’t see anything new. Just wanted to make sure you’re doing okay : )

October 6th, 2006
8:11 pm

Howdy doody,

Just wanted to tell you hello. You are a very special lady and it does my heart good to know you can stomp on cheerios with the best of them. I’ve missed seeing you and talking with you. I’ll be getting back into the Bible Study teaching after next week is done. Do you still want to do that? What day is good for you! Smiles, Hugs and happy stomping to you!

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