It’s hard to do the dirty jobs that come up in life. Apparently, it’s fun to watch other people do dirty jobs, though. So much so that there is a reality show about doing dirty jobs called, appropriately--Dirty Jobs, but I digress. These jobs are disgusting, time consuming, and boring. Unfortunately though, they have to be done, so here are ten tips that won’t necessarily make them easier, but might make them bearable.
Doing The Dishes
Do you hate doing the dishes? They have to be done, otherwise there would be no clean dishes, and we all know using paper plates is expensive and (in most cases) not good for the environment. Something that makes the job go faster is to share the work. So try to get a dishwashing buddy–one person can dry and the other wash. Then switch from time to time. That way you’ll have less work to do and you’ll have someone to talk to. Sometimes serious conversations can go a lot smoother when you’re working together on a task. If you’re doing the dishes alone then maybe try listening to some music or a new podcast.
Cleaning Up After Pets
Another job that I personally hate doing is cleaning up after a dog that’s had an accident in the house. I know, it’s disgusting and you get mad at the situation. Some people even get mad at their pets, however, it’s important to remember dogs and cats don’t always remember things like we do, they live in the moment. Also, as a pet owner you have to understand that it takes a lot of effort and consistency to train animals. Then of course puppies and kittens don’t know any better. So when you’re faced with this dirty job taking a moment to remember these things can make it a little easier. After all animals bring us a lot joy and we should be thankful that we have them.
Bathroom Clean-up Duty
Cleaning the bathroom is also a dirty job. It’s horrible especially if you share it with people who might not like things as clean as you. A cleaning schedule might help to make sure everyone shares the work and everyone does the same amount of work. You know, in case you have two younger brothers that make a mess and hate to clean, ahem, like me.
Cleaning Up After Sick People
Taking care of someone who is sick is rough too. It’s disgusting and for some people it might be more difficult because they might get queasy from the clean-up. Vomit has a way of messing with people, even if it didn’t come from you. Having a bucket near is the first thing you’ll want to do. Giving your patient water, to keep them hydrated, and perhaps a warm towel will help too. You’ll want to wash your hands often so you don’t get sick as well–from the actual germs that is–exposure therapy is probably the only thing you can do if you get queasy from clean-up. After a while you can get used to anything, or so the theory goes. If the person in your care has a chronic condition then having a pre-written agenda for meds should be included in your plan of action.
If you have children then you know what it’s like to change a dirty diapers. Always make sure that you have enough diapers and wipes before you begin. Go ahead and take the trash out or dispose of the diaper in sanitary way after you’re done. The smell of a dirty diaper in the kitchen trash will get on your nerves after a while or even make you or others nauseated. Then remember the sooner you get done the sooner it will be over.
Have you ever given your dog a haircut? It can be pretty messy especially if they are a long haired animal or if their hair is matted or tangled. One thing that helps is to brush your dog before you begin grooming them. A grooming table also helps because it holds your pet in one place and you don’t have to crouch down on the floor. Bathing animals presents another challenge since some dogs hate being bathed and of course cats are notorious for loathing all things relating to water. If you give your dog a bath then you might want to do it outside with a leash if you have a big dog and the weather permits. I don’t personally recommend bathing cats at all unless they have soiled themselves, which in that case, I would just clean the affected area. Treats also help you train animals and help them have a positive association with grooming.
Making And Spreading Compost
Compost is great for your garden, but sometimes it’s not fun to handle. Compost smells bad, bugs are attracted to it, and sometimes it can be a slimy mess. Yeah, I know, if your compost is in perfect health with just enough green material and just enough brown material it doesn’t stink or attract insects, and this is no doubt true. It’s also true that we don’t live in a perfect world and I often find myself battling a compost pile with too much nitrogen. If you have a compost pile or a compost tumbler keep it a good distance from your house. That should help the smell from coming inside your house. When you're ready to put it in your garden the quickest way to get rid of the smell is to mix it in with the soil. Even well aged compost has an odor, some of us are more sensitive than others, I guess. Gloves and a shovel are helpful to keep it off your hands. If your compost has bugs and is slimy then it probably means that you didn’t add enough brown material. If this happens then just add some scrap cardboard or newspaper and wait a few days. After a few days the cardboard or newspaper will have started to decompose and your compost should be more like dirt.
Have you ever worked on a old house? Like laying tile on the entire first floor or painting an entire first story? We just recently finished laying tile on the first story of our house. What makes it dirty is that not only do have to do the work, you also have to live in an unfinished room. Plus dust gets everywhere and it’s loud if you’re working with a saw or hammer. One thing that can help is to focus on one room or area at a time. That way only one room or area of a room will be under construction. Another thing you can do to help prevent the dust is to cover things that you don’t want dusty with a paint tarp. Also, since saws are mostly what cause the dust be sure to do your sawing outside instead of inside.
Cleaning Up Broken Glass
Ever had to clean up a broken glass? It’s really bad if there was liquid in the glass. The best way to clean up a mess like this is to pick up large pieces and place them in a trash can. Then use a wet-vac to vacuum up broken glass and liquid. If you don’t have a wet-vac you’ll need to pick up the glass by hand then wipe up the liquid. Be sure to use a thick cloth to do this so if there are any pieces of glass left that you didn’t pick up the first time around your hands will be protected. Do not put this cloth directly into your washing machine. You’ll need to shake it out so that any glass shards will fall out of it before you wash it. You can shake it out inside of plastic bag or you can take it to an outside trash can to do this.
Unclogging The Toilet
Unclogging a toilet is probably one of the dirtiest jobs, that I have ever done. It’s really not fun especially if you have to it in the middle of the night. One thing that might help is if you keep the plunger in a place that’s easy to get to. You probably don’t want it in your house, so try finding a place for it close to your back door or perhaps in the garage somewhere.
What’s the dirtiest job you’ve ever done? What’s the dirtiest job that you have to do on a regular basis?