Archive for the ‘Cleaning’ Category

Tip #23 – Cleaning Towels

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Get rid of mildew in towels.

Get rid of mildew in towels.

Detergent traps mildew within the fibers of your towels.  To help eliminate this mildew, wash the towels in the warmest water possible and substitute the detergent with vinegar.  Repeat once.

Tip #21 – Dog Spots

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Use beer on dog urine

Use beer on dog urine

If you have a dog, you know that dog urine produces brown spots in your nice, green grass. Instead of cracking a cold one to enjoy yourself, pour it on your dog spots. Beer will help nutrelize the high nitrogen in the dog urine.

If possible, catch the dog spot immediately and spray it down with water. This helps dilute the urine.

Tip #20 – Water Stains

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Water stains in your shower? Soak cotton balls in bleach, place the balls on top of the stains and let set for about 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.

Tip #19 – Trash Volume

Monday, January 19th, 2009
Get rid of the air to get rid of volume.

Get rid of the air to get rid of volume.

Lower the volume of your trash.  Before throwing your soda bottles, milk jugs, etc., do the following:  with the cap off, squeeze out as much as possible, and then put back on the cap.  With this little trick, will help you cut down the volume of your trash and recyclables.

Tip #18 – Cleaning Your Microwave

Monday, January 19th, 2009
A simple mixture to clean your microwave.

A simple mixture to clean your microwave.

We all know that a microwave can get messy…especially those at our place of work.  (People often seem to forget to cover their food.)  Well, here’s an easy, inexpensive and “green” way to clean any grimy microwave.

In a large, glass bowl combine approximately 1 cup of each of the following ingredients:  water, lemon juice and white vinegar.  One thing to note, the length of time you need to microwave the mixture and let it sit depends on the dirtiness of your microwave.  The times below are approximate

Start your microwave and let it run for enough time that the mixture will boil for 3-6 minutes.  After this, keep the microwave door closed and let the mixture sit and steam for 5-10 minutes.  Once the food debris has softened, it is ready to wipe away.  If needed, you can repeat the steps above.

Tip #12-Painting Clean Up

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Are you doing some painting around your house? If you’re like me, you never finish the project in just one day…and you HATE cleaning the brushes. (There’s times when I’d rather just toss the roller in the trash then clean it for a second use.)

So, for those times that you do need to save your rollers and/or brush for the next day, pull out your Ziploc baggies! Remove some of the excess paint from your roller. Take a gallon-sized baggie and with the paint roller still on the handle, place the roller in the bag. Grab the roller and pull on the handle, leaving the wet roller in the bag. You can also place your other brushes in this bag, or in separate bag. Be sure to seal your bags tightly, keeping out the air, and your brushes will be ready for the next day.

Tip #11- Cleaning Your Windows

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Using newspaper when cleaning windows eliminates streaks.

Using newspaper when cleaning windows eliminates streaks.

When you get ready to clean your windows next time, get rid of the paper towel and get your hands on some black and white newspaper.  Newspaper paired with Windex will give you an amazing streak-free shine.

If you are looking to save some money, you can use a 5-1 mixture of water and vinegar.  You will have to use a few more newspapers in order to absorb this mixture.

Tip #8 – Dryer Sheets

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Dryer sheets can do more than eliminate static and help your laundry smell good.  Here are a few more ways to use them around the home:

  • Freshen the air in your car by placing a sheet under the seat – for bigger vehicles use a couple of sheets.
  • To freshen the air in your house, place a sheet under the bed or behind/in an item on a shelf in any room.
  • Use sheets to help clean up.  A used dryer sheet can be used in the garage to help pick up sawdust and rubbing an unused sheet on items will trap unwanted animal hair.
  • After returning home from a trip, place a sheet in your luggage to help eliminate odors and keep it fresh for your next adventure.
  • Help eliminate sneaker odor.  Place a dryer sheet in any shoe overnight or while in your closet.
  • I haven’t tried this on, but I’ve heard that if you hang a sheet on your patio during mosquito season, it will actually repel the pesky critters.

Tip #4 – Dusty Holiday Decorations?

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Use a vacuum to clean larger decorations.

Did your holiday decorations collect a little dust while on display? No problem. Use either an air compressor or a can of compressed air (great for those small, delicate pieces). For some of your larger items, like your tree or wreaths, you may need to use a vacuum cleaner. Whichever method you use, hold the item far enough away to prevent and damage and keep an eye on small and delicate pieces attached to your decorations. If you do then cleaning now, everything will be ready to go for next Christmas and decorating will be that much more enjoyable.