Thursday, March 20, 2008

More Hidden Dirt

     When was the last time you cleaned your air ducts? Dust mites, mold, dust bunnies and a host of rather unpleasant "things" hang around in your air ducts. If it has been over 5 years since you last had them cleaned then tackle this job along with the rest of your spring cleaning. If you or any family member has allergies, asthma, sinus or bronchial conjestion cleaning your air ducts is especially important. If you are a do-it-yourselfer who likes to save money call some rental companies. A few of them stock air duct cleaning equipment. 


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Cleaning Window Screens

Cleaning Windows can be a bit troubling especially when it comes to screens. Rather than washing them, which wastes water and time clean them with a dry sponge found at pet stores, Mary Moppins and Bed Bath and Beyond. They are great for removing pet hair from furniture. When they soil, simply sand them with a light grit sandpaper and continue cleaning.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

More on Hidden Dirt

Cleaning Refrigerator Coils: I was not a happy camper when I found out my refrigerator coils could not be cleaned with a brush or vacuum. What were the designers thinking? Oh right. They are depending on my laziness to not clean those coils which means the refrigerator breaks down sooner which means I replace it more frequently.

     Those coils must be cleaned a minimum of once a year preferable twice. If your coils cannot be reached with a vacuum cleaner or with a bottle brush then renting an air compressor is your only option. Please be kind to Mother Earth and clean the coils to extend the life of your refrigerator. Remove the back and blow the dust and dirt from the coils using a lower pressure setting.

     While you have the compressor rented, it doesn't hurt to clean dryer hoses and vents. Move the washer and dryer out and give the floor a good cleaning as well. Use the same bottle brush to clean the drain pipes to prevent them from clogging. Yes pour a cup of Nature's Miracle down those drains after they have been cleaned.

     Still have an hour of time left for the rental of your air compressor? Then blow the winter debris out of your gutters. Yes it is fast.  I've also used it to blow dust and dirt out from window enclosures and my sliding glass door. Call me lazy if you want, but if there is shortcut that makes life a bit easier yet still does a great job, I'm going to take advantage of it.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Kitchen disposal drains

     The thought of kitchen disposals emiting even a mild odor while I'm preparing dinner will run me out of the kitchen in no time.  Toxic chemicals of any kind are high on my list of things to leave on the grocery store shelf. Most of them clog disposals. 

     So how do you keep your drain clear and not smelling like last night's fish? Easy - head to a pet store to buy Nature's Miracle. It is an enzyme product used for removing fecal and urine matter from carpet and furniture and it works. Those enzymes "eat" away at bacteria, any bacteria whether it's in the carpet or your drain. Pour a cup of it into all your drains once a month at night before bed to keep them running clear and get rid of those toxic drain openers.  

     Now back to the kitchen disposal. Purchase a brush made for cleaning bottles or use a small sink brush. Dampen it with CleanEz or your all purpose cleaner and scrub away. A nylon scrub pad like the blue ones you find at grocery stores also do a fairly good job and will clean the blades a bit better than the tip of a bottle brush. You can sprinkle just a bit of baking soda onto the brush but PLEASE make sure you use less than half a teaspoon. Anything more than that can clog your drain. Run plenty of water before turning on the disposal.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This next series of cleaning tips is geared to help you do some deep cleaning for spring. Be sure to check back each day for a new tip for spring cleaning.
Cleaning Toilets to Remove Stains
     How many of you see those dreaded brownish or reddish streaks running down the inside of your toilet bowl? A quick look inside the tank provides an instant answer as to the source of the problem. Our Erase It for Bathrooms quickly removes those stains as well as iron and hard water rings without scratching. Let's tackle cleaning the tank to diffuse future problems. 

First you will need: A plastic bucket; several old towels and two extra to place on the floor around the toilet; an SOS pad; diluted CleanEz or your all purpose cleaner; a sponge and rubber gloves.

Next: Turn off the water at the back of the tank and flush removing the water from both the bowl and the tank. If there is water remaining in the bottom of the tank, it can be used to help clean the tank. Clean the toilet with the Erase It for Bathrooms to remove those ugly marks.

Next: scrub the tank with diluted Clean Ez or your all purpose cleaner to remove surface scum and mold. Then dampen the SOS pad giving the tank a good scrub.

Finally using a dampened old cloth, wipe down the tank and do a final rinse with the sponge. Finish by using the sponge to remove any water in the bottom of the tank.

Quick Cleaning Tip: If you want to make toilet bowl cleaning a breeze in the future, dry the inside of the toilet before you let the water back in. Grab your bottle of Advantage spraying the inside of the toilet. Wipe it around to spread evenly. Let that set 5 minutes and allow the water back in the tank. Advantage contains polymers, which make surfaces slick so nothing sticks. Oh is cleaning a toilet easy when it is waxed.

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