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A cleaner life is a happier life. Clean brings order, happiness, wards off sick and soothes the mind. But not everything comes with instructions. Some clean needs a trick... I bring tricks.

03/23/2013

Contrary to popular weather readings, spring is officially here. Before you dust away all your spiderwebs for that mad season, remember that clean is a state of mind. If things are cluttered, they will feel less clean than if they are bare. A good strategy to spring cleaning is often to donate to the charities our old clutter and things we aren't going to use again, then begin the grime cutting.

11/22/2012

Welcome to the holidays! Are you a collector of silver? Silver is so pretty, but when it tarnishes, do you really want to put a bunch of chemicals on it then put that in your mouth or put your turkey on it?

Try cleaning your silver with toothpaste.

Nothing frilly, just cheap toothpaste. Add a little water, lather it up a bit, and the tarnish will wash off, your silver will shine like fresh, and you can eat off it with no guilt. Just rinse, dry, and whallah!

11/05/2012

How clean do you feel today? How about your water?

We spend so much money on water filters and the like to keep the water clean, but how often do we check our faucet heads for cleanliness?

And shower heads... they mold, not just collect scale from water, but mildew and mold as well. You may feel clean, but if the water running through your tap is coming through a moldy or mildewed faucet, how clean is that?

10/14/2012

Speaking of toilet cleaner, I found out lately that sometimes the hardest soap scum comes really clean with a little toilet cleaner.

Sounds weird, i know, yes, but... That's some serious cleaner. I spray a shot into my sponge and it eats through some serious bathtub grime fast.

Expensive, though. I gotta find a cheaper way to work around that without losing the edge.

10/14/2012

Have you gone green? I'm slowing making the change, but there are some things I feel almost guilty for not using. Here's my list:

Toilet cleaner. It's a toilet. Ew. It should be sanitized. With fire, but since water kills fire, toilet cleaner.

Furniture Polish. I know, i know, i've heard about how you can make your own with olive oil and lemon juice and I'm not lazy, but olive oil goes rancid if left out. For now, i'll stick with the chemicals here.

Paper Towels. This is a big deal, you know, because they do take alot of energy and trees to make and use. But lets face it: I clean professionally. I don't want to take home anything I stick in a toilet. Ever. That's so gross to me.

10/14/2012

If you paper towels are linty, consider buying a better brand.

Paper towels come in different qualities, and while most things are good in a generic form, some things just need to be better to work better. Thin low cost paper towels often leave behind ridiculous amounts of paper lint.

10/14/2012

Do you clean your vacuum cleaner?

You might consider it. The bagless kind work through suction, so if the air isn't swirling, it's not working at full power. Take it apart, wash all the buckets out, and look at the filters.

Paper filters can be replaces, but many have foam filters that can be washed out.

A clean vacuum will serve you better.

08/29/2012

Most of my references are from real life situations I have come across and I refer to them here. So sometimes i repeat things... but some things deserve repeating.

Like this.

Soap scum.

Soap scum is a function of soap. Bar soap, to be exact. If you have excess abounts of soap scum, there are two real issues here.

1) Removal.

2) prevention.

To remove it, you're going to either have to scrub it off with something stiff or melt it off with something chemical or scrape it off (yup) with a razor scraper. You most likely will not be able to just use something easy like scrubbing bubbles, more like oven cleaner.

But once its off, smooth surface, you can prevent it by switching to a gel wash or if you love your soap (and that really is okay), spraying your shower down with vinegar and water, squeeging the shower walls, and frequent cleanings involving really hot water and a stiff scrubby will help it from growing back.

Too much antibacterial soap is bad for you. I've been saying this for years, but in a different vein: it actually destro...
08/29/2012
Antibacterial Soap Chemical, Triclosan, Weakens Muscle Function: Study | Healthland | TIME.com

Too much antibacterial soap is bad for you. I've been saying this for years, but in a different vein: it actually destroys all the immunity we have in our enviroment so we are more likely to get sick.

But this? I had no idea.

Be safe, clean people. We don't need that antibacterial dish detergent, body wash, bbaby wipes, counter wipes, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, toothpaste... Soap and water (regular soap, regular water) is plenty.

Too few germs and we'll die.

It turns out antibacterial soaps aren't so "clean" after all. A common chemical in antibacterial products, triclosan — which can be found soaps, toothpastes and mouthwashes — was found to impair muscle function in lab and animal tests.

06/22/2012

I realize it's a bit of an unknown in there, but has anyone thought to clean out the inside of their coffee maker? Typically, after you make your coffee, the top of the pot closes and then you don't open it again until you make another pot, keeping it wet, insulated and dark, a breeding ground for funk.

And if you life in the big Peach or anywhere in Florida, there are minerals in the water that change the flavor of coffee (and the drinking water). These build up in there as well.

Pour a solution of 1:2 white vinegar and water into the water resivoir of the coffee maker and turn it on like you are making coffee. (Make sure there are no grounds, or you will make coffee for real). After the brew cycle has run, turn the pot off and wait 20 minutes for the water to cool down and discard. This will clean the coffee maker itself.

Two fresh batches of plain water run through the coffee maker will rinse the vingegar out, leaving the coffee maker fresh and clean on the inside. :)

It is actually recommended that the coffee maker be cleaned weekly for best results.

06/22/2012

Sometimes life in the cleaning world is full of some really expensive lessons. Here is mine for the week:

When cleaning any type of "antiqued" metal, only use cleaners and wipes approved by the dealer or the manufacturer.

While cleaning an antiqued copper sink that was turning green from standard copper oxidation, I removed it's entire finish using a lemon and salt.

The oxidation came off too, I will say.

06/08/2012

Did you know there is no bleach in C****x disinfecting wipes?

Then you are one up over me. I have not been using them because I never want to bleach stuff... Derp.

06/03/2012

I have to confess, I have become disillusioned with my old friend, blue window cleaner. I usually use the pro grade stuff, it's green, but even that is leaving my windows all streaky. I'm unhappy with it.

So i am trying something new, primarily on request of my latest client add, who has an aversion to chemicals.

I will keep everyone informed. It's apple cider vinegar, alcohol, and water, equal parts.

You can use white vinegar, but one more clear cleaner in my bag could be anything, and the sharpie rubs off. This mixes up the color of beer, nothing else that color in my bag. :) And it's cheap! Shucks!

So far, I found it works really good on glass top stove, granite, and wood, and mirrors no streaks today. Man, this could change my whole world!

06/03/2012

Windows! it's that time of year again, window time. Since the weather is so lovely, don't we all want the sun to shine in?

This week, i came across windows I thought would get me, like those picture windows above the front door, just out of reach. Man, they get so dirty, since dirt rises in the heat and clings to the condensation :(

I sprayed mine down with alcohol and vinegar and cleaned them with a flat mop head on an extension pole for reaching cobwebs. Purtiest tall windows in the whole neighborhood today! Move fast though, the alcohol will prevent streaks BUT it dries super fast!

05/08/2012

You know, I know that most people reach for bleach when they go to clean the shower. But a word of caution: Cleaners containing bleach need to be used with extreme caution and ventilation. It is possible to cause personal injury inhaling the fumes of over the counter cleaning products made with chlorine bleach. Clean and be happy, but most of all, clean and be safe. If you must use the strong stuff, spray on while wearing a mask, leave for a while and let the fumes dissipate, then come back later and rinse it off.

04/30/2012

Spill grease lately? Fastest and easiest way to clean that up is to cover it in salt. Salt will absorb the grease, make it gritty, and then it can be scraped up and thrown out as a solid, much easier than a liquid :)

Then go after it with soap and hot water. Grease spills were notorious in the restaurants I worked in so salt was always on the floor. Much less slippery than water in the quick.

04/30/2012

Did you know rubbing a cut edge of a raw potato will remove rust stains off knives and flatware? Very interesting what we can do without adding chemicals!

04/30/2012

New cleaning item of the week: It's cheap, it's eco, and it's versitile! Woo hoo! Rubbing alcohol!

1) Clean Chrome: no rinsing necessary. Kills germs and evaporates.
2) Venetian blinds: Wrap a flat tool such as a spatula or a drywall knife in soft cloth and secure. Dip into the alcohol and wipe in between the slats.
3) To prevent window frost: ½ cup alcohol to a quart of water, spray on and wipe off with newspaper.
4) Eco Friendly fruit fly removal: spray straight onto flies.
5) Cleans hairspray off mirrors: spray straight, clean with dry towels.
6) Dissolves magic marker off the counter: Just spray on, wipe off. Helps cut through the ink.

Happy cleaning!

04/18/2012

Still worrying about them bugs, I am! Slugs... Man, I hate slugs!

And they come in like Noah's ark through my front door.

So I throw down rock salt on my porch to deter them. Slugs do not like salt, it dries them out, and it's safe enough to blow away in the wind and wash away in the rain without making the step all yucky. I mean, who wants to clean up the snaily trails off the floor behind them?

04/18/2012

Hello, clean people! I have returned.

It's spring where I am, and for most of the US, it's spring all over. I don't know about anyone else, but spring is my LEAST favorite season. It's all about those bugs.

They're back, you know. If you live where it is warm, this is when all the bugs return. They'll die down a little after the temperature regulates, but for now... it's back to them cobwebs. And if you live in the good south, like I do, it's also centipedes, spiders, flies, ants, and slugs. UGH THE SLUGS....

So what's a clean person to do? There are ways to limit your bug exposure. If you have an exterminator service, this is the time to call and have your doors and windows treated. And the vents. They usually live outside then come in after they hibernate and wake up... so then they move back in.

Ants, centipedes, and slugs (ugh!) come in for moisture. So the bathroom, the kitchen, and around the front door (if it's moist and damp a lot) will draw them. They even live in the drain (the ants do). It is pretty amazing how many showers I have seen crumble from water damage that have large ant colonies living in them.

04/08/2012

My sincerest apologies for the lack of input from me, but I got a stalker. :) Nothing like being popular to really creep you out ;) Why anyone would stalk me off my cleaning page, I do not know, but... Hey, different strokes, right?

I promise, I shall be back very soon.

03/07/2012

Do you ever look at the walls and think they just need to be cleaned? The problem with cleaning walls or doors (doors get to me!) is that typical white paint ages in colors only known by G-d, so sometimes even the technically clean door or wall (as in free of dirt), will never LOOK clean... that's an answer only paint can cure.

Disclaimer: if you're going to paint a door jam or a woodwork surface, make sure to wash it thoroughly. Dirt under the paint will cause it to peel off.

03/07/2012

I know it seems like silly stuff, doesn't it, but did you know there is a more effective way to mop? (This technique only works with a wringer mop, not a sponge type.) This is very effective with textured tiles and rough floors.

1) Using a bucket of your best product and hottest water, wring mop about half way. Mop will be wet. Applicate water liberally to floor section being cleaned.
2) Let the water rest on the floor for a minute or two to soften the dirt. Using the mop head, still wet, scrub floor area vigorously.
3) Rinse mop head, then wring until as dry as possible, then use the mop to clean up the extra water on the floor.

Yes, it's more water than most of us are used to, but truthfully, this technique removes more dirt from the floor than standard mopping. If concerned about the floor drying fast enough, it can be towel dried or a fan applied or window opened.

03/07/2012

Sorry I've been gone so long, this semester has been a bear :/ But I'm not forgetting clean!

02/11/2012

Everyone loves their pets, I know. I have a few myself. But who loves that pet hair? even the smallest little monsters shed like mad, and that hair is on everything. I have never found a vacuum strong enough to pull it off of anything, except the newest most fantastic vacuums, but for the rest of us, I found what could be help for an age old problem: Pet hair on everything. The answer is in the laundry room, right there next to the dryer:

Dryer sheets. I don't know if it's what they're treated with or if it's the texture, but rub a dryer sheet over the couch, you pants, or Spot's dog bed, and the hair will pill up and roll, and you can easily remove it by hand or with the vacuum. Much better than that horrible lint roller that chokes after the first pass.

I knew they were good for something, because they don't really make the clothes smell that much better after doing the wash. ;)

Happy cleaning!

02/08/2012

Good morning, Clean Poeple. I found this while perusing Facebook, and it's the best advice i've ever heard for what you can do with a $1 tube of toothpaste. Happy cleaning!

15 Brilliant uses of Toothpaste

Toothpaste: it whitens, brightens, deodorizes, removes stains, and restores and protects enamel. But toothpaste's cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things besides our teeth. The same ingredients that help polish our pearly whites
can also soothe some common ailments, make household items sparkle, and even get rid of stains and pungent smells. Try out these fifteen tricks with a white, non-gel toothpaste (unless otherwise noted), and watch that cavity-fighting, breath-freshening tube of wonder work its magic.

1. Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and blisters: These skin irritations all tend to weep and, in the case of bug bites, often itch. Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling. When applied to sores or blisters, it dries them up, thus allowing the wound to heal faster. It's best when used overnight.

2. Soothe a stinging burn: For minor burns that donot involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from weeping or opening.

3. Decrease the size of a facial blemish: Want to speed up the healing of a zit? Apply a tiny dot of toothpaste to the affected area at night before bed. Wash it off in the morning.

4. Clean up your fingernails: Our teeth are made of enamel, and toothpaste is good for them, so it stands to reason that toothpaste would also be good for our fingernails. For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

5. Keep hair in place: Gel toothpastes contain the same water-soluble polymers that many hair gels are made of. If you are looking to style and hold an extreme hair creation, try gel toothpaste as your go-to product if you are out of regular hair gel. (This is also a great trick for making baby barrettes stay in place.)

6. Scrub away stinky smells: Garlic, fish, onion, and other pungent foods can permeate the skin cells on our hands. Scrubbing hands and fingertips briefly with toothpaste removes all traces of smelly odors.

7. Remove stains: Toothpaste can make tough stains on both clothing and carpets disappear. For clothes, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub briskly until the spot is gone, then wash as usual. (Note that using a whitening toothpaste on colors can sometimes bleach the fabric.) For carpet stains, apply toothpaste to the stain and scrub it with an abrasive brush, then rinse immediately.

8. Spruce up dirty shoes: This tactic works great on running shoes or scuffed-up leather shoes. As with carpet stains, apply toothpaste directly to the dirty or scuffed area, then scrub with a brush and wipe clean.

9. Remove crayon stains on painted walls: Rub a damp cloth with toothpaste gently on the marked-up wall and watch the Crayola marks disappear.

10. Make silver jewelry and other silver pieces sparkle: Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. Make diamonds shine by giving them a gentle scrub using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a little water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of toothpaste. Do not use this method on pearls, as it will damage their finish.

11. Remove scratches on DVDs and CDs. This remedy has been used with mixed success rates, but it seems to work fairly well on shallow scratches and smudges. Apply a thin coating of toothpaste to the disc and rub gently, then rinse clean.

12. Tidy up piano keys before tickling them: Piano keys retain oil from the skin, which then attracts dust and dirt. Clean away grime gently with a damp, lint-free cloth and toothpaste; after rubbing in the toothpaste, wipe the keys clean with a second lint-free cloth.

13. Deodorize baby bottles: If baby bottles develop a sour-milk smell, a good cleaning with some toothpaste and a bottle scrubber will clean away residue and deodorize. Always make sure to rinse well.

14. Remove the burned crust on irons: For those of you who still use an iron, you may find that after time, the plate of the iron develops a burned crust. The silica in toothpaste gently grinds away this rusty-looking layer.

15. Defog goggles: Scuba divers, swimmers, and triathletes may already know about this handy little trick: Rub a small spot of toothpaste into each lens of your goggles, then rinse thoroughly, and voila! There'll be no need to ever buy expensive defogger gels again. Avoid rubbing too vigorously, though, as the abrasive ingredients in toothpaste could scratch the lenses.

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