Cleaning tips

Mexico
November 5, 2006 5:40pm CST
There are 1000s of cleaning tips out there, all things weve come up with to make our chores easier. What are your top cleaning tips! Here are some of mine. Use newspaper to clean your windows it wont smudge If you have high ceilings use a balloon on a long piece of string with a dust sheet stuck on the top of it. The just walk around the room with the balloon without climbing up ladders to reach those hard to get areas. When making the bed turn your duvet cover inside out grab the corners of the bedspred and flip inside out. no more crawling in trying to get it in the corners.
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• United States
7 Nov 06
he he... the best cleaning tip which is the easiest is to just not wash your windows.... Just kidding.. well anyhow this is my cleaning tip or money saver... Take a bar of ivory soap and add 3 cups water to it. Let the water and the bar sit for several days.. in between the days give it a good shaking. I would say three to four days the bar should be disolved.. Take this pour it into a laundry soap bottle that is emptied and possibly add another cup of water to it. You can take this mixture and use it for your baby clothes or delicates... The only I am trying these things out with the ivory soap is because three bar packages were on sale at shaws for 1.19 and I had $1 coupons so I have so many bars of ivory that I need to use so I thought why not try and save money....
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• Mexico
8 Nov 06
Good idea on testing out ideas with the soap! some great tips there thank you :)
• Mexico
8 Nov 06
Good idea on testing out ideas with the soap! some great tips there thank you :)
@ilse72 (1453)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Here are even more (all from my files): Bed Sheets After drying my sheets, I put both sheets and one pillowcase in the other pillow case. Fold neatly in a square. Next time you change sheets, you just take the one pillow case and all the sheets and pillow case are inside. No need to look for matches. Takes up less storage room too. Clean your glass shower To clean the glass in your shower easily, apply lemon juice to the glass with a sponge. Then, take newspaper and wipe the lemon juice off the glass. It will be clean and sparkle with no scrubbing! Broken Glass Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken pieces of glass - the fibers catch ones you can't see! Flexible vacuum To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings. Good-bye Fruit Flies To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever! Get Rid of Ants Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," & can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, esp. if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
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• Mexico
6 Nov 06
I love the tip about using the cotton wool to pick up glass that is great! We all drop glass from time to time and the amount of times ive ended up with a piece stuck in my food OUCH! that one is definatly worth remebering . Im going to print these all off!! thank you!
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• Mexico
6 Nov 06
That thing with ants intrests me, i live in mexico and it doesnt matter what kind of hosue you have if its a mansion on the beach or a shack those bloody ants here find there way into anything!
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• United States
6 Nov 06
I love your cleaning tip using a balloon!! I'm definately goig to do that from now on! Thanks, Katabongaz! Here are some of my favorite tips:) To erase hard water stains (that gross yellow) from behind sinks: Soak some paper towels in vinegar and place them over the stains. Let them sit until the towels dry and viola! No more yellow! Cheaper and faster way to dust: When your laundry is dry, pull out the used dryer sheet and wipe your dusty surfaces. It saves money on dust supplies and repels dust because of the anti-static agent in the sheets! (Another vinegar use!) To get rid of ANY smell: Place a bowl of vinegar in the space and leave overnight. When you come back the next day you'll be amazed at this little trick! (I once borrowed a friend's car in college who smoke like a chimney in it-I put a bowl of vinegar in it and the next day it was like she'd NEVER smoked in it!) I hope these are helpful!
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• Mexico
6 Nov 06
Wow thank you very much for you tips there great!! I espeically like those vinigar tips i will have to test those out! Also if you have stainless steel objects in your house just use vinigar on a paper towl and wipe them. The acid in the vinigar breaks down the dirt :) Happy Cleaning!!
• United States
8 Nov 06
YES! Vinegar has more uses than any cleaning solvent I know of! I didn't know that one so you just gave me ANOTHER one! THANKS!! :D
• United States
8 Nov 06
Use bleach, it sanatizes, whitens, deodorizes and is cheap.
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• Mexico
8 Nov 06
Thank you for the great tip :)
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
7 Nov 06
well i love using baking soda as a cleaner always have and its cheap..put hair brushes in some hot water with some baking soda in it and let sit 5-10 minutes and its easier to clean the hair out of them works great.. and cleans bath tubs too. Umm vegetable oil will help take sticky glue up found that out while trying to help my sister law after she took tiles up and it left a sticky residue and the oil and a paint scrapper took it right off.. And i have just found another cleaner of everything.. Oxy clean it is awesome cleans everything but painted oranments and what knots takes the paint off lol.. but cleans wood paneling like new and clean everything without all the elbow grease.. and the generic type works too. my mom has always took a napkin and dab oil on it and wipes her stove down so next time she cleans it stuff comes off faster same with ashtrays..
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• Mexico
8 Nov 06
I like your tips you have some very good ones. I like the tip about the oven and wiping some oil on it so it cleans eaiser! also that would be good to do with the ashtrays to! i will give these a go :) thank you
@EagleEyes (646)
• United States
7 Nov 06
For laminate wood floors, If you clean them with vinegar and water and some potpourri oil, it will come out so shiny and it will fill the air with a wonderful aroma too.
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• Mexico
8 Nov 06
Thank you that is an great tip! ill be sure to test that out!
@wildpvcgal (1085)
6 Nov 06
Hey greats tips on here, Many thanks 4 this. xx
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• Mexico
6 Nov 06
Yea there are ALOT of great tips on here, It helps everyone out and you learn somthing new. You never know when you may need them and if it helps cut down the chores then wahoo!!
@ilse72 (1453)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Here are some of the uses for WD-40: Protects silver from tarnishing Cleans and lubricates guitar strings Gets oil spots off concrete driveways Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery Restores and cleans chalkboards Removes lipstick stains Removes stains from stainless steel sinks Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing Removes tomato stains from clothing Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors Keeps scissors working smoothly Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles Removes splattered grease on stove Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging Removes all traces of duct tape Cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers Great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag. Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor
• Mexico
6 Nov 06
Wow what an impressive list! this topic is worth printing for all those little things which creep up when you need them! Some exellent tips for WD 40 i didnt relise you could do so much with it!!!!
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@Cortney (3982)
• United States
6 Nov 06
I use old dryer sheets to dust with I spray cooking stains and let it sit for a few minutes and it just wipes up I use newspaper to clean windows, it doesn't leave as much lint as a paper towel or cloth
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• Mexico
6 Nov 06
Great idea about the dryer sheets! I also use newspaper for windows and mirrors it makes them smudge free
@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
6 Nov 06
To clean windows take an old glass clean spray bottle, add a drop of Dawn dish soap and water, it's the best thing I have used to clean my mirrors and glass
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• Mexico
6 Nov 06
That is a great idea! thank you i will try that one out!
@vipul20044 (5798)
• India
7 Nov 06
Oh siriously, me doing hotel mgmt this is all what i did today! You got what i did hehe nice
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@jondun (79)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Don't use a bagless vacuum cleaner.
• Mexico
6 Nov 06
Thanks for your reply :)
@melody1011 (1664)
• India
5 Dec 06
Thanks for the really handy tips. I generally use baby powder on clothes if oil has splashed on them. The powder soaks up the oil and after a wash, its as good as new. No stains.