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Useful And Practical House Cleaning Tips

Feb 25, 2008
Greese and bacteria are the worst enemies you can have in your kitchen. You will want to keep on top of these by cleaning your kitchen on a regular basis. Make sure you remove all your kitchen appliances, e.g. toaster, mixer etc., off from the bench tops before you start to clean. Otherwise the bacteria will find it's way under your appliances and will flourish.

If you have to give most of your kitchen a clean but can only manage 30 minutes of your time, then use a multi-purpose spray cleaner and spray the benches, and your appliances. Wipe over these with a dry micro fibre cloth. Then quickly spray your floor and rub over with a floor cloth.

If you have one hour to spare, begin with the cabinet fronts. Using a solution of soap and water, take a dish sponge and wipe the cabinets from top to bottom. If the cabinets are made of wood, use a wood cleanser.

If you have about two hours to spare add to the list the cleaning of inside your appliances. For the fridge, use about 3 tablespoons of baking-soda mixed together with 3 cups of luke warm water. Now lets tackle that oven. Use a multi-purpose cleaner with the help of a scraper to remove food which has stuck onto the racks. For inside the kitchen cabinets, you will have to remove the contents, then get rid of food and crumbs by using the vacuum then clean with a damp cloth.

However, if your appliances are stainless steel, get some clean soapy water and wash them with a soft sponge. Simply dry using kitchen towel. For a finishing touch, wipe over with some steel polish. Buff shiny with a dry micro-fibre cloth.

In addition to the above, here are some other handy house cleaning tips:

To remove wax from candle holders, place them in the freezer for an hour or so, the wax will simply slide off the holders.

Drinking glasses tend to get cloudy over time. To remove the cloudiness, simply soak the glasses in warm water adding a touch of vinegar. After an hour or so, remove from water and wipe dry with a nylon-sponge.

Remove nasty odors from mattresses by dampening the affected parts with cold water and sprinkle borax over them. Rub the powder vigorously into the affected areas, brushing off any remaining powder.

If you want to remove wallpaper easily, mix equal parts of vinegar and water and roll over the paper until thoroughly soaked. The paper will peel off by itself after two applications of the solution.

To let the garbage bins smell fresh, place slices of lemon in them. The bins will be free of bad odors

To preserve delicate clothes while washing, why not pop them in a pillow-case and put your machine on a gentle wash.

For removing crayon marks on the walls, rub a small amount of tooth paste onto them and rub off with a clean cloth.

To wipe mirrors clean, first wipe with a rag soaked in warm water and then wipe dry with a crumpled newspaper.
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Author Toni Chainbridge is the proud owner of the House Cleaning Tips blog. Visit her blog and read further Housekeeping Cleaning tips and ideas.
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