Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Shower Mats

Dip a stiff brush in a kerosene and warm water solution to clean bath and shower mats.

Easy Bathroom Cleaning

Clean after a steamy bath or shower. The walls, fixtures, etc., will be much easier to clean because the steam will have loosened the dirt.

Cleaning the Sink

  • For light stains, rub with a fresh cut lemon.
  • For dark stains (like rust) rub with a paste of borax and lemon juice.

Bathtub Rings

  • To avoid bathtub rings, don’t use oily bath preparations. Use a water softener if you live in a hard-water area. Rinse the tub immediately after bathing.
  • If a ring does form, wipe it off with undiluted ammonia (wear rubber gloves) or a wet sponge generously sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse clean and wipe dry. For a more stubborn stain, scour with automatic dishwashing detergent or rub with a cloth dipped in vinegar.

Cleaning with Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol will clean the caulking around bathtubs. It also shines chrome and glass. Liquid chlorine bleach (1/4 cup to one gallon) will also clean caulk.

Cleaning Toilet Bowl

  • Clean the toilet bowl while you’re away by pouring in 1/4 cup bleach and leaving it until you return.
  • Keep the toilet bowl ring-free by pouring a half-gallon of white vinegar in it once a month. Let it soak overnight before flushing.
  • Don’t use bleach if you’re already using a tank-held cleaner that’s released when the toilet is flushed. The two may react chemically.
  • To avoid clogging and odors, pour one cup baking soda down the bowl weekly.

Getting to Dirt in the Corner

Can’t get to that dirt in the corner? Make a pointed tool by cutting an old whisk broom at a 45 degree angle.

Mildew

To remove mildew from the corners of the tub, dip cotton balls in bleach and let them sit, when you finish cleaning the bath, remove cotton and rinse well. The mildew will be gone.

Disinfectant

Clean with a disinfectant to kill germs. Everything in the bathroom except the mirror can be cleaned this way in just 3 or 4 minutes a day. Keep cleaners in bath for a quick job when unexpected company drops by.

Shower Tile

Remove soap and hard water buildup on shower tile with tile cleaner. Then apply a good paste wax and buff with a dry cloth to deter future water spots.

Coffee Stains

To remove a coffee stain from fabric or a rug, try one of these methods:

  • Dip a white cloth into a beaten egg yolk and rub the yolk into the stain. Then rinse with clear water.
  • Work denatured alcohol into the stain, then rinse with water.
  • Apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent in a pint of water. Blot with a white towel. If the stain remains, apply a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar and blot.

Cleaning Kitchen Countertops

Use a mild dishwashing liquid for plastic lamination and rinse well afterwards to prevent residue from getting on food.

Cleaning Vinyl Floors

Mop with a mild detergent and wait awhile to allow it to penetrate the ground-in dirt.

Cleaning with Automatic-Dishwasher Detergent.

Automatic-dishwasher detergent works well on refrigerators, stoves, floors, walls and glass.

  • Dissolve 1/4 cup in one gallon of very hot water.
  • Wipe with a dry cloth afterward.
  • Wear rubber gloves and test first to make sure that what you’re cleaning is colorfast.

Glassware

  • Use the bartender’s method for speedy stemware washing. Holding the base, pump the glass vigorously in very hot sudsy water, then quickly put it in hot clear water (cooler water may shatter it) Dry upside down on a cotton towel.
  • For extra-shiny, streakless glasses, add a little vinegar or borax to the final rinse water.
  • If glasses have hard-water stains, rub them with a scouring pad dipped in vinegar.
  • Never use hot water, harsh soaps, ammonia or washing soda on silver or gold-rimmed glasses.
  • A well-lathered shaving brush cleans deeply etched or hobnailed glass especially well.
  • If eggs have dried on your patterned glass tableware, rub off the residue with a slice of lemon.

Garbage Disposal Tips

  • If you’ve ever switched on the garbage disposal instead of the kitchen light, mark the switch with a dab of red nail polish – anything to stop that grating noise.
  • If your dishwasher drains through your garbage disposal, switch it on when the hot soapy water is running through is so it gets a good cleaning.

Stainless Steel

To remove water spots on stainless steel, rub area with a clean, soft cloth dampened with white vinegar. Then wipe dry to avoid spots.

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Dishwasher Soap Film

Run a cup of white vinegar through the entire dishwashing cycle in an empty dishwasher to remove all soap film.

Refrigerator Odors

  • A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminate odors.
  • After cleaning the refrigerator add a dash of lemon extract to the rinse water for a fresh scent.

Freshen Drain

To freshen drain, pour 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda down the drain, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover drain tightly for a few minutes and flush with cold water.

Shower Doors

  • Rub glass shower doors with a white vinegar-dampened sponge to remove soap residue.
  • To clean shower track door, pour full strength vinegar into the track, let soak for a few minutes, then rinse.
  • A coat of acrylic floor finish gives new shine to fiberglass shower doors and makes water spots disappear. Club soda will give new shine to your counter tops.

Cleaning Shower Curtains

  • Before hanging shower curtains, soak in salt water solutions to prevent mildew.
  • To remove mildew, wash in hot soapy water, rub with lemon juice and let the shower curtain dry in the sun.
  • For plastic curtains, clean with laundry pre-wash spray. Spray along the top, letting it run down to cover the curtain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

Sparkling Sink

Wipe a stainless steel sink with vinegar or a touch of oil on a cloth to make the sink sparkle.

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