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The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 4

The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 4The duties of a housewife are just too much to count them all in an internet post. One of the most important of those duties, by far, is the cleaning. Maintaining a clean home means not only that it will look good, but it will also be a safer and healthier environment for you and your loved ones. This is why it is among the top priorities of the good housewives. Since it involves so much, I will try to give you some ideas, explanations, tips, hints and basics of the home cleaning. Hopefully, you will find it helpful in the future, or you will see the solution of a problem you have been struggling with for a while now. Here we go!

1. Your shower cabin will be shiny as new if you spray it with a mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar. You can also apply it with a sponge or a soft brush. Leave it on for half an hour to get the best results. Rinse with clean water.

2. You can clean the tiles in the bathroom if you add a few drops of ammoniac in the water you use.

3. The glass where the toothbrushes stay in the bathroom usually has a strange colour and sludge on the bottom. The easiest ways to clean it is by sipping a table spoon of salt in it and pour some hot water. You will quickly get visible results.

4. If your bath sponge seems a bit worn out, soak it in a mixture of a table spoon of salt and equal parts of water and vinegar for 24 hours. The sponge will be like new in the morning.

5. If you do not want your bathroom mirror to get dimmed when you are taking a hot shower, fill the sink beneath it with cold water. In case you cannot do that and your mirror gets all foggy, the best way to wipe it off is by using a nylon sock.

6. Some cleaning products may have a disgusting smell. Since you do not want that in your home, always end your cleaning process with a freshener or with an aromatizing product.  Another way to do that is to put a few slices of lemon in a small bowl and leave it in the room to get rid of the bad smell.

7. Arrange the rooms of your home in your own way. Even if this might mean a complete chaos for some of you, there is still some order in it. Put your belongings in a way that you can always find what you are looking for.

 

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The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 3

The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 3The duties of a housewife are just too much to count them all in an internet post. One of the most important of those duties, by far, is the cleaning. Maintaining a clean home means not only that it will look good, but it will also be a safer and healthier environment for you and your loved ones. This is why it is among the top priorities of the good housewives. Since it involves so much, I will try to give you some ideas, explanations, tips, hints and basics of the home cleaning. Hopefully, you will find it helpful in the future, or you will see the solution of a problem you have been struggling with for a while now. Here we go!

1. Spices freshener. Mix your favourite spices together to make yourself a bouquet of your favourite aromas and hang it in the dresser or in the closet.

2. Lavender air-freshener. Take a thin bag or a sock and put dried lavender leaves in it. Tie it and leave it in the dresser to not only give your clothes a nice, fresh smell, but it will also keep moths away.

3. The bottom of your thermos will be shiny as new if you fill it with water and baking powder and leave it like this overnight.

4. Revive your home – throw everything you haven’t used in the last year away.

5. Cleaning the shower curtain. The shower curtain can amass a lot of bacteria, because it holds humidity and accumulates mould. You can put it in the washing machine, along with a few bigger towels, add detergent and bleach (enough for a medium wash) and set the machine on a medium high temperature cycle. The friction between the shower curtain and the towels will increase the temperature of the water as well. The bleach will remove the mould and the towels will act as brushes and will scrape off the stains. The detergent will do the rest. After washing the shower curtain, hang it the bathroom and turn on the ventilation to get the humidity away. The steam and high temperature the next them you take a shower will get the wrinkles off the shower curtain.

6. Clean the fridge with a cotton towel. Pay closer attention to the corners where the most mould and fungus might be. In order to give the fridge a nice aroma, soak a cotton tampon in vanilla extract and leave it inside.

7. In the winter time, put the pieces of furniture closer together to create a warmer and cosier atmosphere. As for the spring and summer months, create some room between the pieces of furniture to make your home look more spacious.

The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 2

The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 2The duties of a housewife are just too much to count them all in an internet post. One of the most important of those duties, by far, is the cleaning. Maintaining a clean home means not only that it will look good, but it will also be a safer and healthier environment for you and your loved ones. This is why it is among the top priorities of the good housewives. Since it involves so much, I will try to give you some ideas, explanations, tips, hints and basics of the home cleaning. Hopefully, you will find it helpful in the future, or you will see the solution of a problem you have been struggling with for a while now. Here we go!

1. Cleaning the toilet dish. This is definitely one of the things you want to get over with as quickly as possible. That’s why you need to use strong sanitizing products which will kill the bacteria at once. Put on a pair of rubber gloves on, apply bleach on the inside and on the edges of the toilet dish, let it stay for ten minutes and brush it off. Rinse with hot water. Never combine bleach with ammonia-based products or other bathroom cleaners, as this might cause a chemical reaction that will exhaust poisonous gases.

2. In order to avoid the bad smell of garbage in your dust bin, wrap the peels of fruit and vegetables, as well as the used coffee, in a newspaper or put those in a bag before throwing them in the dust bin.

3. Spring is coming, so why don’t you paint your home in the colours of the season – warm, bright, and bringing good mood? Spring colours are usually in the pastel range but if you are looking to make a stronger statement, go for candy hues. During this season, go for colours such as pink, purple, soft yellow, bright blue and even green. Cross-colour combination will be fashionable this season, such as bright yellow and cyan.

4. If you vacuum your carpet regularly, you eliminate up to 80 % of the dirtiness in it. The other 20 % can be dealt with by using a wet towel to get the pet hair out of the carpet and spray it with a carpet freshener.

5. Try the stain removing cleaning product on the inside of the piece of clothing you want to clean to see if it will affect the colour of the fabric. Do that before you use the cleaner on the rest of the cloth.

6. Make a freshener out of detergent. You can make a freshener to put inside your dresser or closed using detergent. Put it in a glass and in the corner of the dresser to get a nice aroma in there.

The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 1

The How-to of Home Cleaning Volume 1The duties of a housewife are just too much to count them all in an internet post. One of the most important of those duties, by far, is the cleaning. Maintaining a clean home means not only that it will look good, but it will also be a safer and healthier environment for you and your loved ones. This is why it is among the top priorities of the good housewives. Since it involves so much, I will try to give you some ideas, explanations, tips, hints and basics of the home cleaning. Hopefully, you will find it helpful in the future, or you will see the solution of a problem you have been struggling with for a while now. Here we go!

1. In order to remove mould from clothes you need to soak them in yogurt overnight and wash them in the washing machine in the morning.

2. Your child’s crayon drawings on your painted walls can be easily removed using nothing but olive oil.

3. When your sheets are worn out, you can cut them and make yourself new pillow cases.

4. In order to remove lipstick stains from cotton fabrics you can use a piece of cloth soaked in alcohol.

5. Add a little bit of shampoo on a grease stain to prepare it for cleaning. Then, wash in the washing machine and the stain will be gone.

6. You can use nail polish remover to get the price tag off your newly purchased item.

7. Paint the top part of your keys to be able to always use the right one for every door.

8.  Sort the clothes according to the fabrics they are made of to save time the next time you iron or wash them.

9. If you notice a button getting loose, do not wait until it falls. It is a matter of a couple of minutes to fix it.

10. Make a freshener out of soap. Many people use soaps as fresheners for their dresser – all you have to do is to take the soap out of the box and leave it in there. In order to get the most of the aroma of the soap, grind it and put it in a thin sock.

11. Cut the old torn socks. That’s right! Cut your old torn socks and then stich those together to make yourself a great cleaning rag to wipe your car or whatever you want to.

12. Instead of using a rag to dust around your home, try doing it by hand. Put on a pair of white cotton gloves on and apply the furniture cleaner on the gloves.

 

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What Can You Clean During Pregnancy

What Can You Clean During PregnancyPregnancy is not a state of illness – it is a joy for the whole family, which keeps going for nine whole months! And that is where the problems come from – during this long period of time, the woman has to keep working, cooking, cleaning and making sure the home is not a mess. But which of your household duties can you do freely and which require you do them with caution, in order to protect your health, and the health of your baby?

The everyday cleaning tasks, such as vacuuming, mopping, laundry and ironing should not require any assistance. However, do not dare to take on cleaning the whole house on your own. If you absolutely have to do it, make sure you call someone to help you – mother, sister, mother-in-law, neighbour, or husband. There is always the option to call in a professional cleaning company or a maid.

The main danger during each state of the pregnancy, but especially in the last three months, is the risk of falling. Most household accidents with pregnant women occur during putting on or off curtains, getting on a chair or a ladder to reach higher shelves or cleaning windows.

Change the chemical cleaning products you use with eco-friendly ones. And give up the bleach for a while. Look for gels and powder form cleaners, which do not have a strong, suffocating smell. While you are cleaning with them, open a window, so that fresh air will come in the room or, if it is too cold outside to do so, at least put on a face mask.

If you have cleaned without putting on rubber gloves before you got pregnant, it is high time you learned how to use them, because all the chemicals that you get in touch with get into your body through your skin and can reach the baby.

In the last months of pregnancy it is crucial not to bend to avoid injuring your back and spine. What you have to do instead is slowly duck with your knees bent. Standing up should be also done carefully.

Rotate working with resting. Lay done every half an hour, so your muscles can rest. Learn to listen and respond to your body – if you are tired and you do not feel like doing any cleaning work, just do not do it. Feeling weak is your body’s way to say it is, in fact, too weak to do what you want it to.

Caution when cleaning does not end at child birth. Having an infant baby in your house means you have to be even more careful with the products you use to protect its fragile health.

On the bright side, in a few years you will have a little helper when you have to clean the house!

How to Clean Plush Toys

How to Clean Plush ToysThere are two ways to clean plush toys and plush pillows.

The easiest way is to put them in the washing machine and set it to thirty degrees Celsius. It is better to put them in a muslin bag before you get them in the washing machine. If you do not have a muslin bag, you can wrap the toy or pillow in an old curtain. Use a rubber band to tie the bundle. This is crucial especially for toys with big plastic eyes or other plastic parts that might get scratched during the washing cycle. Use a detergent for wool fabrics or a liquid detergent and set the washing cycle to low RPMs.

Another way is to let the children give their favourite plush toys a bath and wash them by themselves. This is both educational as you will teach the children to take care of their personal belongings, and in the same time an entertaining job that will take a good half an hour of fun for their children. Put the bathing suits on, fill a basin or an inflatable pool of water on the balcony or in the yard, put a little bit of children’s shampoo in it and give them a soft brush or a sponge to scrub the toys with. Keep an eye on the water temperature. Do not let it get cold by adding hot water regularly.

When the children are done playing with the plush toys in the water, you can put the toys in the washing machine and run it without adding detergent on low temperature.

You can put the washed toys in the dryer or, if you have that option, let the children hang the toys to get dry. When done with this part of the process, give a comb to the children and let them brush the toys so they look fluffy again.

If you are dealing with plush pillows, and not toys, it often happens that the stuffing sticks together inside, ruining the shape of the pillow. What you have to do in this case is not easy. You have to undo the seam from one of the sides of the pillow, take all the stuffing out, fluff it, put it back in and neck the pillow again.

It is good to get the children involved when we are talking about taking care of their toys. They should learn how to take care of their personal belongings from an early age so that when they grow up they can take care of a household of their own. Although it might seem a bit strange to think of a two year old child as it is a homeowner.

Cleaning In Detail When Expecting Company Part Two

How to Clean in Detail When Expecting Company Part TwoA few tips for the good housewife.

When your best friend comes to visit for the weekend, you do not necessarily have to clean in detail the whole house – she would probably not notice the little stain on the bottom right corner of the curtain or the few drops of water around the sink. Or at least she will be kind about it and not mention it. This, however, is not the case if you mother-in-law is at the door, waiting to get in and take a quick judgmental look around, is it? That’s why it is good to spend a good amount of time on the small things when you know you are having guests over. Here are a few tips to guide you on your way to perfection.

Look down.

Before you begin with the washing, wiping and vacuuming the floors, take a soapy sponge and work on the ledges of the floor. These would get a lot of different kinds of dirtiness from stains to pet hair. After wiping the soapy foam off with a wet towel, it is good to dry the surface with a dry towel or paper to avoid water drops and marks. You can do the same on stairs if you have some at your home. Since you are already kneeling on the floor, you might as well take a look at the legs of the furniture. Pet hairs will get stuck around the legs of the sofas and the tables. And if you have children these areas are automatically being transformed into crumb magnet.

All you need to take care of these is Scotch tape and nothing else.

Last, but not least, you should check the wall outlets for stains and other dirtiness. Plugging laptops, cell phones and other electronic gadgets in and out will leave finger prints all over the outlets, which you should clean with a rag and universal cleaning product.

Clean on eye level.

After completing your work on the floors and the low part of the room, what you should do is sit where your guest will be sitting and take a look around from their point of view. All items, such as photo frames that need straightening up and small figurines that need to be cleaned, should be looked at from all different points of view to make sure you have not missed or misplaced something.

You might thing that most people would never notice whether you have cleaned the wall outlet from fingerprints or not, but it is the things that guests do not see that make you a good housewife. Think of it like that – nobody notices that you have vacuum the floor, but it is highly possible that it would be noticed if you didn’t. Same with details, only here people might actually praise your work on the small things if they are perfectionists themselves.

Cleaning in Detail When Expecting Company Part One

How to Clean in Detail When Expecting Company Part OneA few tips for the good housewife.

When your best friend comes to visit for the weekend, you do not necessarily have to clean in detail the whole house – she would probably not notice the little stain on the bottom right corner of the curtain or the few drops of water around the sink. Or at least she will be kind about it and not mention it. This, however, is not the case if you mother-in-law is at the door, waiting to get in and take a quick judgmental look around, is it? That’s why it is good to spend a good amount of time on the small things when you know you are having guests over. Here are a few tips to guide you on your way to perfection.

To begin a detailed cleaning, first start with the fan on the ceiling, the vents and any other object that is hanging from the ceiling. These gather a lot of dust and it inevitably falls on the floor, no matter what type of cleaning product are you using. Keep in mind that the traditional dusting brush is not recommended for this particular procedure as it fails to remove all the dust at once. A better way to do it is to get up on a chair and use a universal cleaner and a rag to wipe the high places. Use the vacuum for any fabric surface and hot soapy water for plastic and glass objects and details. If the vacuum has the nozzle for detailed cleaning, you can use it to clean the inside of the vents. If not, a wet rag will do the work. Before you put all the shades, fans and all the items back on the ceiling and the high parts of the walls, it is good to change any burnt light bulb and wipe off the working ones.

Every trip starts with a small step, as the wise men say. The path to perfect looking home is a long one, but it must always start from a practical set off point. The above part of your home is where you should always start cleaning and work your way down to avoid the dust and dirtiness falling on the freshly vacuumed carpets or something of the kind.  Also, cleaning the high parts of the room first will open up space and make it brighter and cosier.

Although you might thing that nobody pays attention to the dust on the fan, it sometimes happens so that a guest of you looks up while laughing and notices a spider web hanging down above their head.

Keep looking for more articles on how to clean in detail when expecting company – there are more things to do besides the chandeliers and the fans.

Cleaning the Kitchen

Cleaning in the KitchenTake out everything which is in the fridge right now, check what is good to consume and what is past the expiration date, clean the fridge, and, in the end, put back all the good-to-use products. Also, defrost the fridge, if it does not have the no frost option. It is not that much of a work, but if you have a bigger fridge it can easily take you a couple of hours. Some people consider this a bit too unpleasant to do it, but it is important to be done, nevertheless. For those who do not enjoy cleaning the refrigerator, it might seem good enough to clean it as rarely as once a month. Others, who are a bit obsessed with cleanliness, would suggest cleaning it every two weeks, even every week.

Actually, if you have different sections in your fridge – for dairy, for meat products, for greens, or most of your foods are in plastic boxes or wrapped, the fridge will not get dirty so easily and you will have to occasionally clean just the dirty sections. A good idea is to start the tradition to cook the “What I have in the fridge” meal every Friday and put all that is close to expiration in a pot and hope it works.

Throw away all the sponges in the kitchen.

The dishwashing procedure has been perfectly dealt with by a little piece of machinery called a dishwashing machine. They consume less water, dishwashing liquid, and give more spare time to the housewife. But what should a housewife, who has no dishwashing machine, do?

The problem in this case is that sponges are a great source for bacteria and germs to grow. Here are a few tips how to sanitize it.

Put it in the microwave on the highest power setting for thirty seconds. This should kill almost all bacteria there might be. Before you put it in the microwave, soak it in water a little bit just so it does not set on fire while inside.

Another thing you could do if you do have a washing machine is put it in it along with the dirty dishes on a hot water program.

Soak it in lemon juice or vinegar. It is not extremely effective, but it is still much better than nothing.

The best and most radical solution is to throw away the sponges from the kitchen. Use paper towel instead, to wipe the dining table and the kitchen raft.

Prepare a mixture of dishwashing liquid and hot water in a big pot. Put rubber gloves on so you do not burn your hands. In this hot soapy water, put the glasses first, then rinse them under running water. Then, put the plates and bowls in the same water. Rinse them with cold running water. This way you will hardly need a sponge at all.

How to Clean Using Lemons Part Two

how to clean with lemon part twoForget about the pile of cleaning products you have under the sink which take up space, they are hazardous for your skin. They are expensive and not always cost-efficient. All you need is already at your home, in your very fridge. Right there you have nature’s best cleaning product – it smells good, it works good and it has no harmful effects on your skin – that’s right, I am talking about the lemon.

Far from just cocktails and garnishing fish, lemons can be used for cleaning at home. But what makes the lemon such a powerful cleaner? It has high concentration of citrus acid which makes the fruit powerful sanitizer and germ killer, making it one of the best things for cleaning at home. Here are a few ways of using this fresh nature product, not for drinks, but for cleaning your place.

1. Clean the bathroom.

Instead of scrubbing the tiles, tub and everything else in the bathroom with the toxic chemicals, you can use the following home-made recipe for perfect, healthy results. Squeeze six lemons and pour the liquid into a bottle with a spraying nozzle. Spray the stained areas. The citric acid will dissolve the stains caused by humidity and will form a “foggy” foam. The anti-bacterial effect of the lemon juice will sanitize your bathroom. And, of course, you get lemon freshness instead of the smell of bleach.

2. Shiny dishes.

If you ran out of dishwashing liquid, or you are just not satisfied with what it does, just cut a lemon in half, dip it into baking soda and use it as sponge. You will see how the citric acid erodes the grease, leaving your dishes clean and shiny.

3. Fresh clothes.

If you like the smell of lemons and you also want to sanitize your clothes, all you need is to add a table spoon of lemon juice to the detergent. This will give your clothes a fresh, clean smell.

4. Do the windows.

Exactly four table spoons of fresh lemon juice in a bucket of water is all it takes to wash your windows perfectly. Again, the citric acid with its power will erode the grease and dirtiness, stains and pretty much everything else, leaving your windows shiny and clean without the use of chemicals and unpleasant smells.

5. Sanitize the cutting board.

Squeeze half a lemon on the cutting board and let it soak in good for ten minutes. Lemon juice gets deep in wood, but works well enough on plastic boards, too. That way you will remove stains.

6. Clean the hard spots.

Using lemon and borax, with the help of a toothbrush you can clean any spot, no matter how hard to reach the spot is.

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