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.
Coca-Cola® isn’t just a great beverage, its mild acidity makes it useful for commode cleaning purposes. If you have lime scale and you’re tired of paying high prices for cleaning products, try this trick. COKE® costs less than 50 cents per liter and is nontoxic. One can of COKE® contains 12 ounces and works great as a cleaner due to the carbonic and phosphoric acid it contains. Simply pour over the lime scale, let set for 10 minutes, and you’ll easily scrub it all away!
Bagless vacuums are great, but most people only empty the canister and often forget to clean the filters. Plugged filters lead to an overworked motor and sooner than later the motor burns out. Take the vacuum out to the shop or garage, pull out and empty the receptacle, and then remove the filter. To clean the filter, use your shop vacuum’s nozzle to remove all the dust and debris, being careful not to tear the filter. You should see a significant difference in pick up power.
Keeping shower doors clean and streak free is a challenge-- unless you know the pros’ secrets. Clean any mold, mildew or streaks from the glass with a cleaner. For textured glass use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Carefully scrape tough buildup with a razor blade. Dry the doors with a lint-free cloth; applying Rain-x will help to keep everything spotless.
I like to use Pour-N-Restore, the oil stain remover that starts out as a liquid and dries into a powder! It's easy to apply; simply pour on the stain, and once it's dry just sweep it up. It works great.
I pay extra attention to bathrooms and always remember to look up to check out fans, vents, etc. Looking up, you will more than likely see dust. Make the cleaning easy using a blast of canned air. You will find that some brands have "straw" attachments to reach small crevices. This also works great on return air vents too!
Instead of throwing them away, sanitizing sponges in the microwave kills 99.9% of the germs. Sponges harbor millions of germs; placing them in the microwave for 3 minutes will cause the microbes to sizzle away.
Wipe down the refrigerator with white vinegar to prevent mildew. Once clean, put vanilla extract on a cotton ball and set inside a small container like a shot glass. Place it inside the refrigerator, to the back of the top shelf, to help eliminate odors.
We all rely on our cell phones and need them to work efficiently every day. The first thing to keep in mind about cleaning a cell phone is removing the potentially deadly microbes and bacteria that covers your phone every day. Each time you touch your phone you transfer bacteria to and from your hands, face and every surface your phone came in contact with. To sanitize your phone, you will need the following supplies; distilled water, 70% isopropyl alcohol, a spray bottle, a clean lint-free microfiber cloth, cotton swabs, and wooden toothpicks. Follow these 7 steps for a germ-free cell phone: 1-unplug the phone and any attachments. 2-remove any protective cover, clean those items separately. 3-In a small spray bottle, mix a one-to-one ratio of distilled water and 70% isopropyl alcohol. It is important to only use distilled water. 4-lightly spray a lint-free microfiber cloth with the mixture. 5-Wipe down the front and back surfaces. 6-using a cotton swab or wooden toothpick, clean all the grimy buildup found around the attachment ports, camera lens, and buttons. Wipe the area down again to sanitize. 7- Allow the phone to dry completely before reinserting any attachments or the cover.
Use a grout brush or an old toothbrush to apply to the grout lines with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Use the brush to gently scrub wipe clean rinse with warm water. Seal your grout with a sealer, you will be amazed at how long it will stay clean.
Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub away the dirt and grime from kitchen appliances, counters, sinks, and drains. Rinse well then dry.
Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the gasket seal. You will be surprised how well this works on grime and mold.
The least messy way to remove gum is to freeze and harden it, then chip it away. Place some ice in a zip lock bag; set it on top of the gum until the gum becomes hardened allowing you to crack or scrape the gum right off. If necessary use water and dish detergent to take care of any remaining stickiness.
Rust stains are eyesores! You don’t need acid to remove them, instead use a lemon. The acid in the lemon juice will dissolve the rust. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the stain, and let soak for about 10 minutes. For tougher stains use a hard bristle brush then rinse off the lemon juice with clean water.
Apply white vinegar to a clean, soft cloth, and gently wipe the ink stains until the ink has disappeared.
Clean shoe scuff marks from vinyl floors with a clean dry tennis ball. Giving the scuff mark a light rub with the ball will easily erase heel marks.
Close the blinds when you are ready to clean them. Start from the top, using a dryer sheet (fabric softener sheet), and wipe from the top down. Not only will this clean the blinds, it will add an anti static barrier that will keep the dust from settling back onto them.
Together, baking soda and vinegar produce great results. Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a half cup of vinegar. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes then flush with very hot water.
Rubbing alcohol, found in the first-aid isle, is the secret to getting all your chrome fixtures and sinks to sparkle. Ensure your cleaning area is well ventilated prior to spraying the alcohol. Use a clean, soft, dry cloth to wipe away the dirt, smudges and fingerprints, leaving surfaces shiny and streak-free. Alcohol works on stainless, porcelain, brass or chrome sinks and not only cleans, but disinfects as it shines.
Try this for the coffee maker. Pour a 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water mixture into your coffee maker and run a normal brew cycle. This removes the build-up throughout your coffee maker and makes your next cup of coffee better tasting!
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