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Congrats to Devon! Her hubby is a computer engineer so she is free to know nothing about computers. Jealous!

Every year for Father’s Day I clean something of HH’s that he normally doesn’t clean and thus is quite disgusting. Usually, it’s the inside of his why-won’t-you-die 15-year-old truck. This year it was his grill. You see, HH appreciates clean things but he’s not really into the actual cleaning part. That’s okay. I kind of like cleaning and HH likes my cleaning. So, there you go. And they lived happily ever after.

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At our house, the grill is man territory. When the grill is on, men flock to it like moths to a flame. With beer in hand. When you ask “how much longer?” the response is “one more beer.” I’m ashamed to say this but I don’t even know how to use our grill. I’m pretty sure it’s easy. I mean, I can hold a spatula in one hand and a beer in another. But, yeah, I’ve never used the grill myself.

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The poor grill. The before pictures make it look better than it was. The grill itself isn’t that old but we haven’t taken very good care of it. It’s lived in the dirty garage and, most recently, outdoors – uncovered. The grease catcher thingy {I told you I don’t know grills} had never been emptied. Yuck. To tell you the truth, I’m slightly appalled knowing we ate food off of this grimy apparatus. Solidified grease was everywhere. Ashes were everywhere. Dirt and leaves, too. It was time to do something.

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I removed everything I could – the grates, the burner protectors, the grease catcher thingy.

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I threw the loose parts in the yard and filled a plastic storage bin with hot, soapy water. Then I soaked the grease ridden pieces and scrubbed them with a wire brush. The bin worked great because it was large enough to submerse the grates in. Oh, and I unintentionally found a short cut for degreasing…the hot, hot sun helped liquify the grease. I was able to pour grease out of the grease catcher thingy before soaking it. Bonus.

I rinsed everything with the hose then let it dry in the sun while I turned my attention to the grill. It was at this point in time, that I suffered three bee stings. THREE!

Hear me out, bees. So there’s this rumor going around that we humans could get rid of you permanently if we wanted. I consider myself a bee lover. I’m not afraid of bees. I like honey. I appreciate all the work you do for flowers and crops. I don’t spray insecticides or whatever it is that kills you. I don’t swat at your kind just because you have the potential to sting me. I leave you alone. So, why sting me? Is your judgment of character that bad? Or is every human your enemy now? Maybe stinging humans at random isn’t a wise choice with possible extinction looming on your horizon. Just sayin.’

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I hosed the grill off but, as you can see, it didn’t do much. I grabbed some Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro and several microfiber cloths and got to work. I tell ya, the bald guy really knows how to cut through grease and grime.

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Within minutes, the grill was looking like something men should be flocking to.

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And I was starting to think I could eat food off of it again.

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I couldn’t rightfully put such a shiny specimen on a dirty patio. Nooooo. I just had to go one step further and unload the grilling patio of deck scraps {we’re getting so close to having a deck!} and hose it down too. Then I was done.

Next year, I’m thinking grill cover for Father’s Day.

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WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since we’re dishing dirty secrets…name something you don’t know how to use. A tool? Sewing machine? DSLR camera? Stick shift? Toothbrush? I hope it’s not a toothbrush. I already told you I don’t know how to use the grill. I also have issues with Apple TV. The TV is in cahoots with our computer? I don’t get it.

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images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

638 Comments

20.June.2013

“P&G Me!” I would LOVE to get a Lowe’s card and cleaning products! There are so many things on my summer to do list, this would be an amazing help! And I am a little afraid to use the miter saw–I’d rather somebody else mess up all our angles! But that is a fear I’m going to conquer next month!

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20.June.2013

P & G me! I’m ashamed to admit that despite having my DSLR for over a year, I still use it like a point and shoot.

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P&G ME! – And I can’t use our grill either.

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I don’t know how to use the grill either. That and the weed whacker thingy. We just don’t get along.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!
Such a good idea!! I never know what to get my husband as a gift – cleaning something for him is so smart!

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I can’t use most of the things you mentioned, except the toothbrush, I know how to use that!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!

I don’t know how to use the grill either, a few days ago I decided I would try it out, so I asked my hubby to start it for me (the idea of starting it scares me!) and then I attempted to grill a few chicken breasts and burgers…. after that disaster, my hubby said if I ever tried to grill anything again, he’s going out for dinner. My kiddos likened the burgers to cardboard discs. -.-

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I can’t use the alarm system in my apartment – or I should say I’ve never tried to use it because I’m afraid I’m going to accidentally set it off and end up with a dozen firefighters banging down my door.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!! I don’t know how to use our fancy Blue Ray player. That thing drives me nuts. =)

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I can pretty much figure out how to use a lot of stuff, but right now I am trying to finish some shelves and am scared to use my friend’s table saw without help.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!
There are so many things I wish I knew how to do including driving a stick shift and a sewing machine. I am probably closer to leaving the art of machine sewing, it also scares me more.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I didn’t know how to use the lawn mower until this last Monday. And I still don’t know how to use the weed wacker so our lawn looks rather scraggly around the edges.

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20.June.2013

P&G Me! I wish I could use our chainsaw. Rightly so, it scares the crap out of me!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I can’t ever figure out our fancy TV remote control.

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20.June.2013

P&G me! My husband would freak out if i cleaned the grill grates! actually, the “grime” on them is good. it protects the metal, prevents sticking and acts like “seasoning” much like on a cast iron pan. a grill is also by nature self-cleaning due to the heat of the flame. what we do is wait until the grill is lit and hot, brush the grates down with a wire brush (made specifically for the job) to get off any bigger pieces left behind. then rub it down with something lightly oiled, held with tongs, like a paper towel (it won’t burn if you move fast) or we like to use an onion half for flavor. it’s also that “grime” that helps leave behind those great “grill marks” on burgers! but the outside of your grill looks fantastic!

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replied on June 21st, 2013

P&G ME!! this is awesome to know! thanks for the heads up, nikki!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! Sadly I don’t know how to use our lawnmower. In my defense, it’s quite old and I’d probably have to warm up with stretches to start it. :/

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! The grill for me – I don’t even know how to turn it on ;)

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20.June.2013

P&G me, please. :) Anything plumbing related is off the to do list for me.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I really feel like I could sew just fine, if I only knew how to thread the machine?!?

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I need to figure out how to use the new table saw to finish the Father’s Day present from 4 years ago.

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20.June.2013

“P&G ME!” For me, it’s the weedeater. I can’t use that thing to save my life. I think we may have the same grill as you. We recently went to Florida on vacation and we were gone for 9 days. Not only did we leave the cover off the grill while we were gone, but we left the grill open. It rained A LOT while we were gone and when we came back it was completely clean on the inside. Well, it was clean until we opened the doors where the tank is and all of the gunky grime was in that area (eww gross) but the cooking surfaces were clean. Yay for rain!!

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20.June.2013

P&G Me! I can’t drive a stick shift… it’s on my bucket list to someday definitely probably learn though…you know, for emergencies or … racing? It just seems like so much extra work to do just to drive though!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I’m a bit challenged when it comes to a sewing machine, I want to sew, I just can’t figure that darn machine out.

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I sadly ain’t know hot to use a sewing machine but I hope to learn very soon!!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I need to learn how to use the power tools. I hate waiting around for someone else to do it!

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I rely way too much on my kids to learn how to use the tech gadgets in the house, so I don’t know how I’ll manage when they go off to college!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! for me it’s the DSLR and the grill. =(

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20.June.2013

P&G Me!

I’m pretty lost when it comes to navigation-I get lost in a paper bag, so GPS? No thank you:)

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!
You’re hilarious. And I’m ashamed to admit I have no idea how to use our router. My boyfriend is a computer tech, so he always deals with it. I’m not so great at stick shift either.

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20.June.2013

P&G Me!
There are many things I don’t know how to use (power tools, the grill, DSLR camera) and I am not good with technology either.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!

Sadly, there’s more than one answer to this one, but *one* thing I don’t know how to use is our lawn mower. Pretty sure I couldn’t get that puppy started if my life depended on it!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!
I don’t know how to use any power tool :(

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20.June.2013

P&G me. I can’t repair anything. Just to change fans I called a handyman. I am great at cleaning and may have to try out the Mr. Clean cleaner.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!

Sadly, our grill is in a worse state. And I would love a nice, shiny one like yours. And, I am embarassed to admit I have no idea how to use it!! Great post!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I don’t know how to use the power edger I bought to clean up the edges of our sidewalks…I kinda used it around the flowerbed (no concrete there!), but I’m afraid of slicing that blade against the cement of the walkways and have no idea what I’m doing and nothing really seems to make it look good, whatever I try!?!
Your grill looks AWESOME now! That flat surface on the right looked black before (I thought it was some sort of griddle pan built on!), but then it shined up!!!

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20.June.2013

P&G me! Let’s see, so many things: sewing machine, DSLR, but the one thing I really need to get to work on is driving, I am too distracted!

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20.June.2013

P&g me. I can’t use our grill either. Especially because its half charcoal, half gas. Too many options and I don’t have time to wait for charcoal!!!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I don’t know how to use the brand new sewing machine that is sitting in my closet!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! (please!)

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20.June.2013

P&G Me Please!!! I have no idea how to use a lawn mower.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!

I have no idea how to use our entertainment system setup. I just push buttons when I want to watch a DVD and hope it works. If I can’t get it to play with sound, I give up and use the laptop.

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I don’t know how to turn our gas grill on and off… I can flip a mean burger though!

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20.June.2013

P&G Me! I dont know how to change all the surround sound settings. I give up and use the TV speakers usually.

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!

Sewing machine seems like a spaceship to me…Rocket science!

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20.June.2013

P&G me!! I don’t know how to use one single power tool! Thank goodness my husband is handy!

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20.June.2013

P&G ME!

Miter saw and table saw! I could probably do it but then images of the blade flying off and chopping a limb off deter me :)

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20.June.2013

P&G ME! I don’t know how to use a circular saw. Not that I can’t learn, I’m just TERRIFIED of it!! I can use the grill, the lawn mower, electric hedge trimmers, most electric power tools, but I just can’t get comfortable with the circular saw. Nope.

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never once used a lawn mower. I keep thinking it was a strategic move on my husband’s part not to teach me… now I’m stuck in the house with a six-year-old and a two-year-old while he’s out riding the mower in the sunshine!

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20.June.2013

P&G me! I have never used a lawnmower but this is intentional- I don’t ever want mowing the lawn to become one of my chores.

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20.June.2013

P&G me!

I am the kind of person that is convinced that I am capable of anything so I will try to do everything. But honestly I have no idea how to use the grill. Its too complicated and I am terrified I might blow up.

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