To keep the toilet tank and bowl clean and rust free, pour 1 cup of vinegar into the tank. Let sit for 15 minutes and flush, allowing the vinegar-infused water to also sit for 15 minutes in the bowl. Flush once more for a cleaner tank.
Note: If the filter has a cardboard frame it shouldn't be washed and should only be replaced. Furnace filters not only screen out unwanted pollens and debris from your heating furnace and air conditioning systems, but they also increase the system’s productivity. By replacing disposables and cleaning reusable ones often, air stays clean and healthy from allergens and other forms of bacteria that can be harmful to your lungs. To keep your furnace working as efficiently as possible, follow these simple steps. Turn off the power to the furnace. You will need a screwdriver and a hose for washing outside or a utility sink to wash indoors. Locate the filter, it may be behind a door and you may need to unscrew a panel to get to it. Remove the old dirty filter by simply sliding it out of the housing. Wash the filter with a hose or in the utility sink until the water going through the filter comes out clear. Once the filter has dried completely, slide it back into the furnace. Reclose the filter door if there was one, turn the furnace back on, and breathe easy. Filters are rated from 1 to 20 on the industry standard Merv scale. The higher the number the higher the quality.
By using an ordinary coffee filter, you can make your windows, wine glasses, mirrors, or any other glass surfaces sparkle better than you can when using a cloth or paper towel. Cloth and paper towels leave lint streaks on the glass. Coffee filters will absorb leftover moisture. This means that nothing will be left over except the beautiful shine that you always wanted. Cheers!
Facts about the flu. The flu virus can survive up to 72 hours on surfaces like doorknobs and desks. I use bleach products because they kill 99.9% of the flu viruses. Bleach mixtures an wipes are both convenient forms to sanitize with. Adults can spread the flu up to a day before developing symptoms and 3 to 7 days after symptoms start. Children can pass the virus even longer.
It may be time to clean your ice maker if your ice is cloudy, clumps, or smells and tastes funny. Remove the ice bin and dump the ice out. Prior to sanitizing the maker and the bin, you need to clean them first. Most units have a movable bar that can be raised that will stop ice from being made, if your maker does not have this just unplug the fridge for the short time it takes to clean it. Make a soapy water mixture in the sink to wash the ice bin and to wipe down the exterior of the ice maker inside the freezer. If there is heavy grime or scaly deposits inside the ice mold, make a mixture of vinegar, (half vinegar, half water) to wipe down the ice bucket and the ice maker. You may need to use a toothbrush to reach inside the ice mold to remove the scaly water deposits. If you haven't cleaned the ice maker in a while (or ever), you may want to disinfect it with some diluted bleach; 1 tablespoon bleach to one gallon of water. It’s important to re-wipe the bleached areas with a wet cloth so that your fresh ice does not smell and taste of bleach. Make sure everything inside of the freezer that you washed, and the bucket, are completely dry. Moisture could freeze and crack the bin or moving parts. Plug your fridge back in and enjoy the fresh tasting, clear ice that it will now make.
Ceiling fans build up dust over time, which causes a mess in your home and office. First, turn off your fan and slide a clean pillowcase over one entire fan blade (from the tip to the inside of the blade.) As you pull the pillowcase off the blade, the inside of the pillow case will catch any debris as it falls. Do this for each blade. Next I wipe each blade using a dryer sheet to help keep dust from settling back on the blades so fast.
Fill a microwave-safe mug or bowl with water and microwave for 2-3 minutes, so it gets nice and steamy in the oven. This will soften the residue, making the wipe-down easier. Don't forget to look at the ceiling inside the oven; it is often overlooked and can be just as dirty as the walls. Using a soft clean cloth, wipe all surfaces until clean.
Start with an empty dishwasher. Place a dishwasher-safe container full of white vinegar on the top rack. Run a cycle with hot water through the machine. This will eliminate odors and clean your machine.
The most bacteria-covered spots in your home and office are the ones you use most often; door handles and light switches. Both of these allow easy transmission of cold, flu, virus, E-coli, salmonella, and staph. The average person's hands carry 3,000 different germs and stay on surfaces for weeks. Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to eliminate un-wanted germs, bacteria, viruses, staph, E-Coli, salmonella and strep. I use these weekly during flu season.
To quickly clean a smelly disposal, drop lemon or orange peels down the drain. Run the disposal for 15 seconds with water flowing at half pressure and turn off. Add 1 cup of ice cubes in the disposal and turn on again briefly; this will sharpen your blades. Next, put the stopper in and fill you sink 1/4 full. Pull out the stopper; this will release a fresh scent and flush out the disposal.
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