Category: Cleaning the house

Keep Dirt Out – Fast Fixes for Household Cleaning

house cleaning tipsEver wonder if there were fast fixes for some small household cleaning jobs? There are and they are easy as well!

Sometimes you’re in a bind and need to get things clean quickly or sometimes you just want to do something right the first time.

It’s difficult, in certain situations, to know how to clean a certain stain or surface.

Sometimes we have to turn to the old fashioned home remedies instead of some new cleaner!

Here are some great tips for small household cleaning fixes!

How do you clean artificial flowers? Is it possible?

Pour salt into a paper bag. Put the flowers in with the head side down and shake the bag. The salt will rub against the flower petals and inside the crevices to “brush” off the dirt.

The particles will therefore be transferred to the bag along with the salt.

Voila! Dust-less flowers.

For artificial flowers that are washable, you can use a small amount of dish detergent mixed with warm water. Dunk the flowers in and swish them around quickly. Rinse immediately under cool water.

How to clean alcohol spills on carpet?

I learned this one from a previous employer when I was a waiter at Treebeards in Houston TX.

Use a paper towel to blot up the excess liquid.

DO NOT RUB IN!!

Blot with 1tsp dish detergent, 2 cups warm water and 1 cup white vinegar.

After blotting with the mixture, spray on cold water with a spray bottle. Once again, blot with a paper towel. The stain should be gone.

This should only be done with fresh alcohol spills.

Need to clean your windows?

As much as we ALL love Windex and other window cleaners, they sometimes do leave streaks.

The best way to wash your windows is something we all have in our houses and it’s the most effective as well. Very cold water and 2 tbsp of vinegar per gallon of water.

It’s best to not wash your windows in the direct sunlight because the heat can dry out the cleaning solution on some section of the window before it can evenly spread. That will cause streaks.

Wash your windows on a day when it’s overcast.

Do not wash your windows in a circular motion, use a horizontal or vertical motion. Streaks are more common with circular motions! Dry your windows with a paper towel.

Have your counter tops lost their shine?

If you have (or had) gorgeous counter tops and they’ve lost their beautiful shine over the years, use this great and unique tip to brighten your counter tops back up!

Remove all appliances, vacuum up all crumbs and wipe up other messes.

Wipe the counter top and backsplash down with a surface cleaner. (or just simple water and vinegar mixture)

Pour some club soda onto a cloth or microfiber cloth and wipe down the counter and backsplash with that as well.

The club soda will help remove buildup that may have been making them look dull and will be a temporary (1 month or so) fix to make them sparkle and look brand new!

Crayon marks on walls?

Everyone who has a child has dealt with crayon marks where they shouldn’t be! How do you get them off?

Well, you can try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, but sometimes even that won’t get the entire wax stain off of your wall.

Another way would be to turn on a blow dryer and aim the heat directly at the crayon. (Do not do this on walls that have wallpaper!)

After about a minute and a half, put some dish washing detergent on a soft cloth and start to rub (in circular motions) the stain away.

For those who have wallpapered walls, spray stain with WD-40 and leave on for approximately 2 minutes.

Use a soft cloth and in circular motions, wipe the stain away.

If any residue seems to be left over, wipe with warm water and a drop of dish washing detergent.

Easy fix for cleaning mini blinds?

Simple! Put old socks on your hands and use a bucket of soapy water to dip your hand with the sock into.

Between your thumb and other fingers, clean each blind and wash!

This is a much better solution than using a duster and spreading the dust from the blinds to other nearby crevices in the house!

Dog or cat mess stains?

If you can get to them while they’re new, use warm water with a dab of dish detergent on a towel or paper towel. You can blot the stain right out. This is really useful for things like cat spraying.

Residue on items or appliances from adhesive labels?

Rub the label with a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.

If you’re using nail polish remover, make sure the surface you’re removing the label from won’t be damaged by the nail polish remover.

If you think it will, opt for the rubbing alcohol.

Who Rules, You or Money?

save your moneyYou are supposed to rule and control money and not the other way round.

Money is undoubtedly a means to an end. This explains the reason why people are always eager to have it.

In some instances, people engage in heinous activities such as armed robbery, fraud, drug trafficking, human trafficking, money ritual etcetera, in order to have money at all costs.

The common statement is that, ‘One who has no money is nothing but a living dead’.

Now this may seem a little odd, talking about money on a cleaning website, but the fact is, one of the reasons I am writing about all of this stuff is to give you tips to save money on cleaning supplies and such.
But what good are they if you can’t actually keep the cash you save, right?

The pursuit of money in recent times has continued at alarming rate.

People are becoming so worried about money to an extent that they begin to develop what  could be described as “Money sickness syndrome”  Some common symptoms of this include; shortness of breath, slight headache, nausea,  loss of appetite, unwarranted anger, negative thinking, nervousness among others.

Many people have fallen sick because of their untamed worries for money.

Much anxiety about money makes some people to be ruled or controlled by money because they are highly motivated by money, a situation that may lead to stress and neuroticism.

However, if you create a careful outline of you budget you can have peace of mind that you are at least trying to move in the right direction.

Tips to follow in order not to be ruled or controlled by money

(a)  Always avoid discussing finances based on the anxiety it causes.

(b)  Do not allow issues relating to money to become a subject of family squabble.

(c)  Be sure of how much you earn, spend or owe.

(d)  Do not spend compulsively.

(e)  Avoid getting worried about your bills always.

(f)   Free yourself from pressure of accumulating large sum of money.

(g)   Avoid using your savings to pay routine bills.

(h)   Avoid making minimum payments on credit card bills always.

(i)    Do not get worried about your bills being bigger than what you expect.

(j)    Avoid paying your bills from money earmarked for other purposes.

(k)   Avoid taking up extra work just for the purpose of paying your bills.

(l)    Avoid taking new loans to pay off old ones.

(m)  Plan your finances in such a manner that you don’t find it difficult to survive till the end of the month.

(n) Avoid constant late payment of your bills.

(o) Avoid suffering from physical or psychological symptoms resulting from money related anxiety.

(p)  Look for ways to cut down expenses.

(q)  Use deal websites, websites that teach you how to cut costs like Cyan17 or save money on taxes http://propertytaxreduction.com or other outlays.

Examine yourself with all sincerity, and make the necessary amends where necessary. When you are able to take to these tips accordingly, you will surely rule and control money rather than money ruling and control you. You shall rule and control money in Jesus name (Amen).

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How to Clean a Dirty Clothes Iron

the ironA few tried and tested solutions to a pain-in-the-butt chore: Ironing.

Occasionally your clothes iron will develop build-up, whether from starch or scorched fabric on the face or sole plate, or from water-sediments within the reservoir.

You will need to clean the sole plate to keep it from staining clothes, and the reservoir so that you will be able to use the steam function.

First, the sole plate: (Note: For the methods of cleaning the sole plate you will want to unplug the iron and let it cool completely.)

Method one:
Soapy water
Dip a scouring pad (not a metal one, or you will scratch the sole plate) in soapy water and use it to scrub away the build-up. You may then use a wet paper-towel to wipe away the soap.

Method two:
Baking-soda
Some people have an aversion to soap. Make a paste from baking soda and water, use that to scrub the face of the iron. This takes a little bit of effort but works well as the previous method.

Method three:
Aerosol oven cleaner
This is for particularly stubborn build-up. Some stains on the sole plate may be burned in and impossible to remove with the previously-mentioned methods. Lightly spray the sole plate and let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub with a scouring pad.

Method four:
Aerosol lubricant (like WD-40)
This is for those situations when all else has failed. Lightly spray the lubricant on the sole plate and let sit overnight. Use a scouring pad to remove build-up, then use a damp paper towel to remove remnants of the lubricant.

Cleaning the reservoir:
For this you will need to plug your iron in. Pour a quarter cup of white vinegar into the reservoir and steam until empty. Repeat as needed until the build up has been dissolved.

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Going Green Can Increase The Value of Your Home

green homeGreen methods that will improve your home and its value.

As we begin to focus on a more eco-friendly living environment, more homeowners are considering environmentally conscious house designs.

An eco-friendly home means a healthier lifestyle; and at the same time, you’re protecting Earth’s precious natural resources.

And anything that helps promote the green movement, I’m all for. Whether it’s the use of green cleaning products, or simply making my home more energy efficient, I try to do everything I can to leave a zero carbon footprint.

There has been a dramatic increase in new materials and products that are environmentally friendly. These are natural specialized building materials—in-line with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ratings and guidelines—with the added bonus of helping homeowners save a considerable amount of money in energy costs.

Real estate agents, mortgage brokers and home inspectors will agree that making these changes to your home will not only help the environment, but it’ll help your wallet too. We Buy Houses – Houston, a real estate website suggests making your home as green as possible to get a better selling price and make a sale faster.

How to build a green home

A green house is one that is:

  • Sustainable
  • Minimal in construction waste
  • Built using non-toxic/eco- friendly materials
  • Able to reduce indoor air pollution
  • Designed to create an effective “building envelope”
  • A tightly sealed structure with controlled ventilation and cost effective heating and cooling
    helping to conserve energy
  • A proponent of “RRD”: renew-ability, reusability and durability
  • Designed to minimize solar loss in winter and solar gain in summer

Five basic principles that reduce negative impacts

Try using these five basic principles to reduce the negative indoor and outdoor impact your home might have on the environment:

  • Optimized use of the sun—whether active or passive solar energy
  • Improvement of indoor air quality
  • Responsible use of land
  • High performance, moisture-resistant housing
  • Proper natural resource management of your property’s offerings

These are small steps that you can start to take in order to achieve an environmentally friendly home. There are plenty of resources available online that can help you choose the right materials and products for your green home.

If you’re still weary about making changes like this to your home, talk to your real estate agent or home finance expert to see how these types of changes can help your home in the long run.

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5 Kitchen Cleaning SHORTCUTS to Make Your Life EASIER!

having a clean kitchenThis article shows you shortcuts to clean your kitchen. This is for all the moms, dads, and everyone else wanting to leave the kitchen as quick as possible!

We spend most of our time in the kitchen cleaning and cooking. This article is all about cleaning the kitchen, and the tips that can save you time and make life easier for you.

When burnt food residue has stuck onto your stainless steel pots and pans after cooking, this is the trick to easily remove them: Put some water in the pot or pan, then let it boil. It will only take a few minutes since the water is very little.

Once the water boils, bring the pot or pan to the sink, scrub a bit with a handheld scrubber and rinse it off with soap and water. The hot water will easily remove the food residue. This will save you lots of time cleaning the stainless steel pot or pan.

To clean the kitchen floor, make use of a vacuum cleaner. This is not the regular kind of vacuum used for carpets, but a vacuum specifically meant for floors. The one I use is the Swiffer Sweeper Vacuum. It’s very light and easy to use, and will pick up dirt and everything else in a matter of seconds.

Another very useful gadget is a portable floor steam mop. It removes all the dirt residue on the floor, even the sticky ones, and leaves the floor clean and shiny. I recommend the vacuum and steam mop because they are wonderful time savers!

When baking, line the pan with aluminum foil whenever possible. This way you just need to discard the foil after baking and there’s no need to wash the pan. For food that will stick to aluminum foil, I use parchment paper instead. Same thing with baking cupcakes and muffins.

Line the pans with paper cups so you will not need to wash the pans afterwards.

Have a waste can within easy reach and one that does not require opening doors. If you need to open the door under the sink 10 times a day to throw something away, that’s equivalent to 70 times a week or 3650 times a year. That’s a lot of time wasted! And time is important, click here to see just how important it is.

If your microwave has dried residue, one of the fastest ways to clean it is to let a cup of water boil in the microwave first. The steam will loosen the residue and this will enable you to easily wipe the residue off.

These are quick and easy ways to keep your kitchen clean. As the saying goes, time is gold! We all want more time enjoying and less time cleaning!

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A Clean Germ-Free House

cleaning suppliesBelieve it or not, it is impossible to have a totally germ free house. That is only a fantasy, but we can get pretty darn close to it. And that’s okay. In fact, some germs are actually beneficial. But that’s a different article.

Today I want to talk about how to cut down the germs in your house easily and quickly and do it up to 50% of your current germs.

So many of us run out and get the Comet or Ajax, along with Fantastic and Pine Sol, and while these items are great at cleaning, and making the house smell so nice it really doesn’t sanitize it as well as one would think.

To have a truly clean, germ free house, one would have to be cleaning day and night, seven days a week; none of us has that kind of time.

Yes. the house is dusty and the Comet works well in the toilet and getting stains out of those porcelain tubs and sinks, Pine Sol disinfects and make the house smell clean and of cause Fantastic cuts grease like nobodies business.

Now a cheap and inexpensive way to be sure, one hundred percent convinced that the house is as clean as it is going to get is to sanitize it with a fine mist spray bottle approximately one liter in size, filled with regular tap water and one tablespoon of Clorox.

You spray the area lightly, and let it air dry. If your going to put food on your kitchen counter, or you toothclorox bleach for cleaning my house brushes on the bathroom sink; then after allowing the surface to dry, take a clean paper towel or rag, wet it with warm water and just wipe it clean.

It is very helpful in the bathroom and other areas where mold grows and multiplies, causing your allergies to get out of control from the spores of mold.

Again you take a fine mist spray bottle fill with water and add one tablespoon of Clorox then spray well, and let air dry. Do this twice daily and soon the mold should start to diminish, unless the mold is growing behind the wall, then you have a whole new problem.

Financially for now just keep spraying, until you can afford to re-due the bathroom, pulling down the shower walls and tiles. Learn more here.

A Clean – Germ free house, is a fantasy, but not completely impossible you can make most of the surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom germ free, even if only for a few minutes.

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Seven Things That are Dirtier Than Your Bathroom

cleaning the houseYou probably think that your toilet is the dirtiest place in your house. You think that the bathroom is dirtier than everything else around you, well, you are wrong.

Here are seven things that are probably dirtier than you think and have larger loads of bacteria than your toilet bowl!

How clean is your house?

Not so clean for you have been cleaning the wrong places.

Reports appearing in a newspaper would shock you to say the least. Your bathroom and the toilet sink are not the dirtiest you can think of. Many other things are dirtier and contain larger numbers of bacteria than your toilet sink; many other things contain larger numbers of bacteria than that bathroom.

They include:

Your toothbrush – Can you believe that? Your toothbrush, however clean it looks like contains hundreds of thousands of bacteria! But, you can clean it once in a while using some regular old Dawn dishsoap. For real!

Kitchen sink – That kitchen sink where you prepare your meal has more than a fair share of trouble. It has more bacteria than the toilet!

Computer keyboard – Believe it or not, that keyboard is one of the worst sources of bacteria. It is infected and could probably infect you.

Mobile phone – It’s not just a gadget for talking; it is not for communication alone, it stores hundreds of thousands of bacteria from your hands and mouth!

TV remote control – You touch it very often and you never remember to wash your hands before using it. It is dirty, dirtier than the toilet or bathroom.

Your bed – Hmmmmmh, probably you sleep on it and think it is heaven itself, but well, it isn’t. It has hundreds of thousands of bacteria that could make you sicker than sick. That’s why washing your bedding regularly in the best laundry detergent is really important.

The air – Your surroundings could be worse than everything else combined. It contains all that I have listed above and probably has more bacteria than your toothbrush, the sink, the keyboard, that phone, the remote control and your bed. Check out http://iamaguy.com/ for some clean air tips.

All pretty gross if you ask me! But not to worry, that’s why I’m starting this website, so I can give you all the information you could ever need to have the cleanest house on your block. So keep reading, and if you would, like and share the site. It motivates me to keep going.

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How to Choose The Right Laundry Detergents

With so many brands of laundry detergent and types available in the market, how do you know if you already chose the right one?

Laundry detergent is one of the most important cleaning tools that we use. It is important to choose which one is the best for you according to your needs.

If you spend a little time in the supermarket to look for them, you’ll be surprised by thousands of brands and kinds that are available nowadays which leads to confusion.

Here’s a handy guide on how to choose laundry detergent that are the most suitable for you:

Choose whether you want to use powder or liquid detergent.

Powdered laundry detergent usually costs less money than the liquid one.

Powder is good to clean out loose dirt, while liquid is best to treat oily or deep stains on your clothes.

Liquid is also better for other types of cleaning like if you’re using detergent to clean your Tailored Sportman breeches for women or other expensive clothes.

Cheap laundry detergents may be tempting to be bought especially if you want to save some money when shopping. But still, you should beware of that.

Cheap detergents may not clean as effective as the pricey branded ones. Take a note on how much it needs per load to get the idea of the actual cost. It may not be as cheap as you think it is.

If you have babies or people who are sensitive or allergic to odors, dyes or scents, it is good to consider using detergent which is hypoallergenic.

Always check you washing machine manual guide if there’s a recommendation on a specific type of detergent to use. Some machine requires a special HE formula detergent.

It’s a good idea to use detergent according to their specialty types like bleached formulated type with white clothing and detergents with brighteners for colored clothes. Infant’s detergents can also be used with delicate clothing items.

Phosphate is not good for the environment. Make sure you always check the ingredient list and choose the detergent that is low in phosphate or phosphate free.

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