The Aggravating thing about Flies

Life on the farm comes with it’s bad side! The bad side of FLIES!! And the many, many offspring they produce in a single yr. I hate spray and the bad chemicals in them. It does get used in the barn, but I won’t use it close to my house. Especially knowing my littles would be around it, touching the things it’s sprayed on, etc. So what’s a person to do when your main door is on the west side that faces the barn. (In case you don’t know, that’s the favorite side for a fly to sit on. It’s warm and sunny.)

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Part of the nastiness of my siding, but not the worst of it.

So… the siding of the house is very, well, um, decorated in undesirable fly droppings. My mother-in-law has lived on a farm all her life. And I knew she has tried many, many things to get it off. But was never very successful. So I didn’t bother trying. 1. Because it was so high to reach. 2. I didn’t have the time or energy. 3. I didn’t know what to use. 4. It wasn’t something people noticed right away when they visited. BUT last fall, we built a deck. Put in a new door, all on the west/south side. Where do people walk? Right past my ‘decorated’ siding. It was nasty!! But I didn’t know what to use.

Finally, I decided I would just scrub. It would HAVE to come off. Yeah, you should have heard the flies laughing at me!! But I wasn’t going to give up. So, world wide web to the rescue. Ha. Almost a NOT!!! All I was finding was ideas to use Dawn dish soap. I mean seriously!! Dawn might be good, but not THAT good!!! I never bothered to even try it. I had tried something more powerful than that, so I knew Dawn would never do anything. Only one place did I see the idea to use OxiClean. I decided to give it a try!! I had run out, so I picked some up the next time I went shopping. The next day I wet a small area of the siding and sprinkled it with the powder. I just wanted to see if it would actually work. Well, most of the day passed before I got back out there to scrub. And what do you know… that whole area came clean with a minimal amount of elbow grease. I was hooked!!!

I went right back out after supper and scrubbed that wall!! Rylen had seen a bit of what I was doing & was loving the results as much as I was. So he worked on the area under the window. And he did a fabulous job too!!! I just put a generous amount of OxiClean in a bucket with water, and used a scrub brush. Wetting down a fairly large area. Then starting at the top worked my way down. It definitely needs to soak a bit before it comes off. But it was surprisingly easy!

20160714_172550After supper, he helped me some more and we did that whole wall. It looked amazing!!

Today, I finished up above the door & by the far window where I can reach. Also a bit on the south side. It doesn’t look near so bad over there. But I still need to do the south side by the garage door. I need a ladder for that. I also scrubbed chairs & some railing.

Oh, it looks so delightful & inviting now!!20160715_154447I do have one secret weapon that works pretty good. Or at least discourages the masses. See that water bag? I have 3 of them out there. There is a couple pennies in each. It has some really good reviews online for such a thing. And I really do think it helps. Maybe not 100%, but it sure helps!

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And that far wall is where I can’t reach. Where I need a ladder. I’ll tackle it one day, just not now. Don’t you love my chair though? One of our renters left on the burn pile and I nabbed it. It sat in front of the barn for a while, but now I enjoy it by my door.

And that my friends, is my shameless plug for OxiClean!! I think it’s my new favorite cleaner!!

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