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Rethink Your Cleaning Routine

cleaning tipsDon’t you just hate to spend your weekend cleaning? Weekends should be time spent with your family having fun. But we want our houses clean. What to do?

With a few tweaks you can have a clean house and your weekends practically free from house work.

All it takes is a little organizing, and routine cleaning every day.

Instead of spending your weekend cleaning, tackle a little bit every day and see if it doesn’t work better.

We all want to see our houses clean and shining, but how many of us have hours to spend every day keeping it that way, and how many of us want to? We can keep our houses in pretty good order in less time and with much less stress.

A few routine, daily tasks can keep the chores from backing up.

Instead of throwing your old cotton tee shirts in the Goodwill bag, cut them up to make cleaning rags. You will find none better. Keep several handy where accidents most likely will happen.

Place some in a pretty basket on top of the refrigerator. Every time you have a spill in the frige or microwave, grab a rag and wipe it up.

To clean crusty gunk from your microwave, fill a small round bowl with water and a little vinegar and turn on your microwave for five minutes, now grab a rag and wipe the gunk up. Simple and easy homemade cleaning supply. Want more? Click here.

Put cleaning rags under your bathroom sink, after a shower while the bathroom is steamy, grab a rag and wipe mirrors and bathtub surround. Pour a little shampoo on your rag and wipe down the sink and bath tub. It will take you only a few minutes and you have a clean bathroom.

Have mold or mildew? Then use a little hydrogen peroxide with water.

Now, to tackle the clutter. Place a covered basket on or under the table near the door. Place all your incoming mail in it. When you have a minute put the junk in the trash, bills and other mail that deserves your attention go in a file near the computer.

Place a coat tree near the entrance to catch coats and back packs, or if you can, mount hooks on the wall. Keep a nice covered basket on the entrance table as a catch all.

Dust naturally falls down, so dust from top to bottom and vacuum last. Start in one corner and dust your way out of the room. Check the top corners and light fixtures for cobwebs. Vacuum the floor and you’re outta there.

Look at your counter tops carefully. If you see appliances that you don’t use, Place them on top of cabinets or in an out of the way closet. Only keep appliances that you use daily on the counter. Ones that you use less often should be in cabinets or on shelves out of the way.

Treat your bathroom clutter as the kitchen counters. Keep items that you use daily out and all others hidden away under the sink or in baskets. It’s a good time to throw away everything that has out lived it’s usefulness in the bathroom and the rest of the house.

Try to do one cleaning job every day. You might dust one day, vacuum the next, mop the next day, a real bathroom cleanup the next, then the kitchen. Do a quick skim over every evening and you should have your weekends almost free of housework.

Cleaning with Vinegar

cleaning vinegarHow vinegar is an effective cleaner for your home does not seem quite clear to some people.

Remember, all cleaning liquids serve their own function.

Some may point out that vinegar can not do what can be done with bleach.

Although it does not kill bacteria, vinegar has many excellent uses when it comes to home cleaning.

No matter how much we rinse glasses, they seem to always end up with spots once they have dried.

Why?

This happens because although the soap has been rinsed, some of the very resistant soap remains. When the soap has dried it becomes those ugly spots.

A great way to avoid this is by rinsing the dishes and glasses in a sink filled with water and vinegar.

Rinsed once again under running water, they will be spot free, and have no remaining vinegar smell.

The odor that emits from some kitchens is hard to believe.

Who would expect that the kitchen in such a well kept home could smell so bad?

Small food particles which become trapped in the drain, and especially residual from a garbage disposal are generally responsible for this odor.

A cup of vinegar poured into the drain about once a week will eliminate this problem, and leave the kitchen smelling fresh once again.

Putting a used lemon through the disposal now and then will also smell fantastic.

At one time or another, we have all had to deal with perspiration stains on our clothing.

These yellow stains are extremely embarrassing, and usually mean that a garment will be discarded.

This can lead to enormous, unnecessary expense. Pouring a cup of vinegar in with the wash is an effective way of removing these stains, and saving the garment.

It is absolutely imperative however that bleach is not used at this time. The combination of bleach and vinegar will emit a deadly chlorine gas. These two liquids should never be used together for any reason!

Cleaning the bath tub can be a back breaking job. To loosen plaque build up in a tub, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar.

This can be gently “scrubbed” onto the surface of the tub, and will remove the build up with very little effort. This an excellent cleaner for old an new tubs alike, and will not leave scratches.

This works great for any build up on similar surfaces and even fiberglass conduit fittings.

It will also save people quite a bit of money when compared to commercial cleaners.

Salt and vinegar is an excellent combination for potatoes.  This is also a fantastic combination for cleaning metal.

Vases, silverware, and just about anything which is made out of metal with come clean without being scratched, with this combination.

It is important to always check with a professional before cleaning any antiques or fine collectibles in order to make sure that it will be safe to clean them at all.

It is recommended that some of these items are to be left uncleaned.

Hard water stains are a huge problem for some folks. These horrible yellow to brown stains seem resistant to almost everything short of harsh chemicals.

Often homeowners fear that people will believe that they do not clean properly. In order to clean this type of a stain in a sink, fill the sink just enough to cover the stain, with vinegar.

Allow this to sit for as long as possible, until it softens, and then gently scrub the stain with the baking soda/vinegar paste. This may take a bit of elbow grease, but It will remove the stain safely.

Although it may not have the antibacterial properties of bleach, it is safe, gentle, and all natural.

This is how vinegar is an effective cleaner for your home.