Cleaning Secrets From The Pros

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We all have resolutions for the new year that usually include keeping our homes cleaner and more organized. I figured for the last week of the year I’d give you some simple tips to help you keep all those New Year’s resolutions. Most of the best cleaning agents available are already in your home such as baking soda, toothpaste, and lemons. With a few simple hacks, you can save time and money.

1. Heating tile and the tub just 10 degrees above the normal air temperature "doubles the effectiveness" of alkaline cleansers. Alkaline cleansers include “Bon Ami” and “Simple Green.” Simple baking soda works as well. Fill your tub with the hottest water possible and let it sit for ten minutes. Same thing with your wall tiles. Spray hot water on the walls before applying your normal cleaning product. Then proceed with your normal cleaning routines.

2. For all of us with stainless steel appliances, the simplest way to clean and polish them is with oil and vinegar. Mix half vinegar and half water into a spray bottle and clean with the grain. Then take a cloth or paper towel with a dab of olive oil and polish in the same direction as the grain.

3. Any old oil stains on your cement can usually be remedied with Coca-Cola (Yes, this actually works).

4. Grout in bathrooms is usually the hardest and often most stubborn cleaning task in your home. It’s a job that everyone laments but can really be taken care of with three ingredients. Bleach, baking soda and a stiff bristle brush is all you will ever need. While we’re on the subject of baking soda, it can be used to clean and deodorize numerous things such as mattresses, sneakers, and cutting boards. It is probably the single most valuable item to keep in your home to keep it clean and fresh.

5. Remove ink marks from your leather products (car seat, purse or even jacket) by rubbing a pea-sized toothpaste dot on it. After it dries, clean it with a damp cloth. Toothpaste can also be used to take crayon marks off your walls.

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I hope you all have a very happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to hearing from all of you in the coming months.

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