Saturday, June 18, 2011

---Tips & Tricks- Cleaning

Cleaning Tips
Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen
BulletNew! For more effective dishwashing, add a few tablespoons 
of vinegar along with the dishwashing detergent when washing
 dishes. The vinegar cuts the grease and leaves dishes sparkling.
BulletNew! To clean up spills in your oven, sprinkle the spills 
immediately with salt. When the oven has cooled, brush
 away the burnt-on food with a damp sponge.
BulletNew! To disinfect smelly sponges, wash sponge thoroughly,
 then microwave it while it is wet, for a short period. When
 you see steam from the sponge, the bacteria in the sponge 
will be dead. Remove carefully, it will be hot! Wash the 
sponge thoroughly before use. **Make sure the sponge 
has no metal components!**
BulletTo remove hard-water and lime build-up in a teapot or kettle,
 pour in two cups of vinegar and bring to a boil. Let simmer
 for about 10 minutes, then rinse well.
BulletTo remove mineral deposits in a tea pot or burnt spots on
 a coffee pot, put some ice cubes, cut-up lemon, and salt
 with a tad water and swish around and let sit overnight.
BulletTo whiten an old stained sink , poor a half cup of salt in it
 and then scrub it with a lemon. Let it stand for a few 
minutes and rinse.
BulletTo remove skid marks on linoleum rub the spot with
 toothpaste before washing the floor.
BulletTo keep your plastic containers from getting stained
 from tomato based foods, rub the inside with vegetable
 oil before placing the food in the container.
BulletKitchen surfaces: Mix in spray bottle, 1 part ammonia to 
3 parts water. Or try diluted bleach solution in a spray bottle.
 It will remove stains AND disinfect.
BulletRemoving kitchen and food odors: Soak pure vanilla on a
 cotton ball and place in a saucer. Put the saucer in the car 
or refrigerator to remove odors. Keep cotton ball out of reach 
of children as it contains some alcohol.
BulletOdor producing mold and bacteria in garbage cans: sprinkle
 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the garbage can.
BulletCleaning coffee maker: Pour straight vinegar into it as if you
 are making the coffee, no filter is need. Turn coffee maker 
on as if you were making a pot of coffee. Repeat this with a
 new batch of vinegar until it runs clear of calcium deposits.

Cleaning Tips for the Bathroom
BulletNew! Bars of soap too small to use effectively can be 
pressed into the sides of new bars softened by recent use.
BulletNew! Shower curtains can be renovated by being washed,
 on gentle cycle, with a pint of white vinegar.
BulletIf you have more than one bath to clean, keep separate 
cleaning supplies in each bathroom, that way you can
 clean the bath at a moments notice.
BulletTo clean tubs and showers use a product that contains 
phosphoric acid, their is no scrubbing involved.

Buildup on shower doors: Wipe with lemon oil. Removes

 buildup and keeps doors protected longer from future
BulletRemoving mildew from shower or bath: 3 parts bleach and 
1 part water -- put in spray bottle. Spray on mildew areas 
and it will virtually disappear.

Cleaning Tips for the Laundry Room
BulletNew! To remove perspiration stains in clothing, soak in
 warm vinegar and water.
BulletNew! Microwaves can be used to emergency disinfect
 clothes, such as a child's cap that another kid has put on,
 as long as they have absolutely NO metal in the zippers, 
buttons, rivets etc. ALWAYS place a cup of cold water
 next to the article to absorb the heat and microwave on
 high until the water is steaming.
BulletNew! Removing mildew stains from clothes: Begin by
 brushing of mold outdoors so you don't scatter mildew 
spores in the house. On washable fabrics, pretreat by 
rubbing detergent into the dampened stain. Then, launder
 the items in hot water, detergent and chlorine bleach, if it is
 safe for the fabric. If the stain remains, sponge it with
 hydrogen peroxide, rinse and launder. If the item isn't
 bleach-safe, soak it in an oxygen bleach that is safe for 
colors, then wash it. Take non-washable fabrics to the dry
 cleaner and tell them what the stain is.
BulletNew! Urine Stains:For washable fabrics that can
 be bleached… pre-soak them in cold water for at least
 thirty minutes. Launder these fabrics in hot water using 
detergent and chlorine bleach according to the directions 
on the bleach container.
 For washable, non-bleachable items, 
sponge the stained area with a solution of equal parts 
of household ammonia and water then launder the item 
in warm water and detergent. Rinse it well.
For non-washable items, sponge just the stained area with 
clear water to which a few drops of ammonia have been added. 
Then, sponge with clear water only.

New! Gray Dingies: One cause of the gray dingies is 
overloading the washing machine. When you do this, the 
clothes cannot move freely, resulting in poor washing and
 unremovable soil. To estimate the right-sized load, place
 dry, unfolded clothes in the washer loosely until it is about 
three-quarters full. Another cause is using non-phosphate 
detergents, particularly the granular type. If you`re using a 
non-phosphate detergent, use the hottest water possible 
and dissolve the detergent in the water before adding the 
clothes. If you have hard water, you might want to add 
about a third to a half cup of packaged water softener
 along with the detergent.

Miscellaneous Cleaning Tips
BulletNew! Use crumpled up black and white newspaper 
dipped in vinegar to wash windows. Dip paper in
 vinegar and wipe the glass until almost dry, then
 shine with dry newspaper or cloth.
BulletNew! Children's stickers can be removed from wood
 by applying white vinegar to the sticker, letting it soak 
and then scraping off.
BulletNew! Clean those dirty, dusty, mini-blinds in your house 
in a snap! Fill the bathtub with warm, soapy water and let
 the blinds soak. If they are white blinds add a little bleach
 to get rid of any stains.
BulletNew! Remove spilled nail polish from wood furniture: 
Don't wipe it up! The solvents in nail polish soften most
 finishes, and wiping may take off the finish. Instead, let
 the polish dry completely; then gently scrape it off with 
a credit card. Wax the surface, using superfine steel wool.
BulletNew! Use cooking or salad oil for lubricating non-essential
 mechanical things like hinges, tools etc. A light coat of oil
 will keep tools from rusting and you don't need to buy 
expensive and toxic chemicals like WD-40 etc.
BulletTo get hard water deposits off of your fixtures try some
 diluted muriatic acid 
(available at pool stores or hardware stores), but don't
 store it near chlorine- they can combine and become 
BulletConsider investing in a small rug cleaner to use for quick 
cleanups of pet stains and kid spills.
BulletIf you have a busy schedule (and who doesn't?), and hate to
 clean, (and who doesn't?), make a schedule of what
 needs cleaning when and who will do it. If you have too
 much to do, consider hiring someone to come in once a
 month and do the chores you can't get to.
BulletRun your sponges through your dishwasher every few days, 
and dispose of them every few weeks. They breed bacteria
 because they do not get the opportunity to dry out in
 between uses.
BulletIf you live in a two story house, keep a second vacuum 
cleaner upstairs; who likes to lug those things up and
 down stairs? Having 2 makes it easier to whip off some
 vacuuming when the mood strikes.
BulletWash your child's toys after an illness to prevent reinfection 
or infection of another child.
BulletWhen washing windows, wipe the windows with newspaper,
 it won't leave streaks.
BulletDon't buy special cleaners to get out baby formula stains, 
use a little isopropyl alcohol on the stain, then a regular 
stain remover. Works like a charm.
BulletCleaning ceramic tile: Regular rubbing alcohol works
 wonders for a ceramic floor. Just pour straight on and
 rub around with mop until it drys. Make sure children 
are not in the area during this process and have good
 ventilation in room.
BulletRemoving Crayon from walls: use damp sponge and 
colgate toothpaste. Rub carefully.
BulletRemoving scuff marks, pen, and pencil from walls:
 use a dry cloth and rubbing alcohol.
BulletCleaning your carpet: Preparing for carpet cleaning?
 First sweep your carpet with a broom, this loosens up 
all the ground in dirt. Then vacuum. After that you might
 notice a big difference in the way your carpet looks. 
For wiping out stains, you can use a solution of 2 parts
 water one part ammonia in a spray bottle. Spray stain 
and wipe. For a dry cleaner use a mixture of 2 cups
 cornmeal and 1 cup borax. Sprinkle on carpet and
 let sit for one hour then vacuum. To remove pet odors,
 sprinkle carpet with baking soda and let sit for one hour, 
then vacuum.
BulletMake your own furniture polish: Yucky but works, take a slab
 of spam and rub it on your wood -- wipe with pantyhose.
 Or, make a concoction of: 1 tsp olive oil, juice of a lemon, 
1 tsp whisky or brandy, 1 tsp water. Mix together and rub 
on furniture with cloth, buff for a deep shine.
BulletCleaning a Keyboard: On a weekly basis, carefully vacuum
 the keys with the round brush attachment of your vacuum.
 Never spray keyboard directly, spray the a cleaning cloth
 with all-purpose cleaning solution and wipe it with it.
BulletHome oil spills: Paint thinner is best for this type of spill.
 Pour on spill and it will dissolve oil.
BulletGarbage Disposal: If you've got a lemon that's a little past
 its prime, cut it in quarters and run it through your sink 
disposal to freshen your drain.
BulletUse an alcohol(isopropyl)/water solution for cleaning mirrors. 
1 part alcohol to 4 parts water. Cleans with no streaks. 
Coffee filters make great glass cleaning cloths.
BulletDirty neck rings around shirt or blouse collars can be 
removed by putting shampoo on them. Rub the shampoo
 in like you were washing your hair. Shampoo is specifically
 made to remove body oils. A cheap bottle of shampoo 
kept by the washing machine is handy for all kinds of 
stains in clothing. Don't forget this trick when you are traveling.
BulletFor removing ink stains: Ball point pen stains can be removed
 by using hair spray - let the hair spray dry and wash the item. 
Table salt will absorb ink when it is spilled - pour salt on the
 wet ink and continue to add salt until there is no more
 "wet ink". Then vacuum or wash. Other types of ink can be
 removed using rubbing alcohol.

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