HOUSEHOLD CLEANING TIPS

  • Use a drop of liquid dish soap or hand soap on door hinges to keep them squeak free and working well.
  • To save left over paint put it into a clean small bottle or small jar, label it and store it. When nicks and scratches appear on your walls, use cotton swabs to touch-up the paint with left over paint that you have saved.
  • To get rid of ants coming into your home, stick cucumber rinds at their point of entry! The ants are allergic and won't enter.
  • Use old boxes of baking soda to freshen drains...pour in drain and chase with vinegar and after 5 minutes rinse with boiling water.
  • To clean ceramic tiles, use one-quarter cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Use a sponge to apply the solution. This solution cleans without leaving a film.
  • When painting a chair or table, place jar lids under the legs to prevent paint from dripping to the floor.
  • To whiten a porcelain enamel bathtub, make a paste with cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Apply with a brush and rinse.
  • To keep your screwdriver from slipping, rub chalk on the blade
  • Steam clean or shampoo your carpet every three to six months, or as needed. This will increase the life of your carpet.
  • When the weather is mild, try opening all windows in your home to ventilate the house.
  • To make stairs safer, have good lighting, install handrails and hold on as you move down or up the stairs. Always keep stairs free of obstacles.
  • To prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up, smear shaving cream over the mirror and then wipe it off well with a clean cloth.
  • To deodorize carpets, sprinkle them with baking soda at night and vacuum in the morning.
  • Use a soft cloth dampened with white vinegar to remove water spots from stainless steel and wipe dry.
  • To help remove dried foods from pots and pans pour hot water in the pan and then add generous amount of baking soda. Let soak for 15 minutes, and then wash as usual.
  • For faster dusting, wear old socks like gloves and go at it with both hands.
  • The bathroom will be much easier to clean after a steamy bath or shower. The steam will help loosen the dirt.
  • White toothpaste will shine silver up beautifully! Simply use a dab on a cloth, rub on the silver jewelry and buff as you would with silver polish! It'll shine, shine, and shine!
  • Use a slice of lemon to rub off dried eggs from tableware.
  • Use a soft paintbrush for dusting hard to reach places, cracks, corners, etc.
  • Add a little vinegar to the rinse water for shiny, streakless glasses.
  • You can clean silver jewelry by applying baking soda to a dry paper towel or rag and rubbing into silver, then rinse clean.
  • Use baking soda on a damp sponge to remove odors from cutting boards.
  • For an unpleasant odor from the garbage disposal, grind lemon or orange peels in it.
  • Before you shampoo your carpets, place plastic bags on the legs of the furniture to keep them dry.
  • After cleaning your ceiling fans, apply a thin coat of wax to the blades to repel dust.
  • When painting, place a thin layer of a moisturizer on any skin exposed that may get splattered with paint. It will be easier to remove the paint from your skin.

Window cleaning
Keeping your windows sparkling clean has always been a problem. But not any more here is what you should do to have a sparkling clean window without much effort. It is very simple and easy way and believe me you will get great result.

All you want is 1-gallon water (or as per your requirement), 1-cup ammonia, 1 pint rubbing alcohol (available in store), 2-table spoon dish soap. Mix all these ingredients together and always have a plant sprayer bottle filled and ready.

Another method is if you use a heaping tsp. of cornstarch with hot water, your windows shine beautifully with "NO" streaks.

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