Friday, April 27, 2007

Cleaning Awnings
This applies to awnings on RVs and homes as well. Be sure to brush all the debris off your awning first. Next mix a bucket of hot water adding one fourth cup of borax and just a bit of liquid laundry detergent. Dump the bucket of water on top of the awning and spread it across the awning. Roll the awning up and let that set for 30 minutes. Unroll, scrub, rinse and allow to dry. Rolling the awning up for 30 minutes allows the cleaners to soak both the top and the bottom of the awning making it much easier to scrub them.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Removing Grass Stains from Clothing
Whether grass stains come from kneeling down on grass digging weeds out of your yard or from your youngster sliding to catch a fly ball in left field, removing those stains is a simple matter. As soon as the clothes are removed rub on an ample amount of liquid laundry detergent then let them set overnight. Toss them in the wash!
Air dry the clothing to make sure the stain is gone. Heat sets a stain and oh can it cause an ugly mess. This process works equally as well for red clay stains. Grease and oil responds better to liquid dish soap. Unless you want your laundry room to turn into a bubble bath, rinse the clothing first when you use liquid dish soap!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Cleaning Mini Blinds
Design Life Products recently sent information about a holding device for mini-blinds, which hold the blinds on a shower wall with suction cups. I have not tried them as yet but the design of these MiniMaids looks inviting. This is a much easier process than hammering 2 nails into the back of your home like I have suggested in the past.
To clean your blinds, simply hang them from the hooks. Turn the slats so they face downward. Beginning at the bottom, spray them thoroughly with CleanEz or a foaming tub and tile cleaner spraying your way to the top. WAit a few minutes until the cleaner begins to drip down. Wipe the blinds with a wet sponge, spray them with the shower head, reverse the slats and flip the blind to the other side. Repeat. When you are finished, dry them with a towel and re-hang. The entire process should take less than 15 minutes.
They are sold mainly in mail order catalogues or call 847-266-7783 for purchase information.
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Friday, April 13, 2007

Neat tricks for nylon net bags

Here is a little tip that might come in handy for those of you who camp, travel or just around the house. Rather than toss those little mesh bags that some grocery stores use to hold fruits and veggies - like avocados - into the trash toss them in your kitchen drawer. They are wonderful for holding small handfuls of grapes, berries, cherries etc to wash. No more losing them down the disposal.
Tuck two or three bags inside one, twist tie the other end. Use it as a scrub pad for scrubbing pans or cookware. These are wonderful for camping trips, on boats or in RVs not only for scrubbing pans but hands too! Double them for added strength, tuck a bar of soap inside and it will clean anything including childrenJ. It's easier to hold onto the bag than a slippery bar of soap.

Sponge Paint brushes aren't just for painting

The next trip to your hardware store, grab 3 or 4 each of several different sizes of sponge paint brushes. They are so handy for cleaning into those hard to reach areas like the corners of window frames, slats in convection ovens, slats in the vents on ceilings of RVs, corners of refrigerators drawers – just those little nooks and crannies where I usually remove my glasses and what dirt I don't seen doesn't need cleaning! Oh and don't forget in-between the keys of your computer keyboard. Please don't ask me how that came to mind as I shove the little dust bunnies aside to see the keys.

Kick the Habit of Wearing Shoes indoors

How many of you are now in the habit of kicking your shoes off at the door to keep the dirt off your floors and outside where it belongs? Um that's not many hands and yes the kids can be taught too. Just gently take them back to the door and sit them down until the shoes are setting on the mat by the door.

Extra Tread on Slick Surfaces

For my Rvers, boaters and professional cleaners who clean slick surfaces like those of boats or Rvers who need to be on top of the roof or professional cleaners hosing down large warehouse spaces: Grab a pair of the "sticky" Tevas. They are around $50 or so. They have only been sold mostly to boaters for that added footing needed to prevent landing bottom side up in the water. I tried on a pair and they will work quite well for roof walking on RVs, ware house cleaning, for kids around the pool this summer or anywhere slick surfaces might be a preface to bruised tailbones. They would even be great for taking showers at camp – TEVA's are far cooler for kids than flip flops. Yes I'm going to email the company and purchase stock!

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