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Cleaning With Borax

Some Great Ideas for Using Borax in Your Home Cleaning Tasks

Do you want to make sure that your home is clean, without using harsh chemicals that can harm people, pets and the environment? Have you been trying to find solutions that will get the deep grime and stains removed from the various surfaces in your home? If so, then you will be ecstatic to discover all of the ways that Borax can help you to beautify your home naturally and effectively.

For instance, did you know that you can use Borax in order to remove the mold and mildew that is on your bathroom tiles and grout? It can be very frustrating to clean and scrub between tiles in an effort to remove these organisms. However, you do not have to resort to the harsh items sold in the housecleaning section of your local grocery store. Instead, make a thick paste of Borax and water. Apply this generously to your tiles, focusing on the grout and other areas where you can see staining or build-up. Let it dry overnight, and then wash it away. Your tiles and grout will sparkle!

Another great tip for using Borax in your bathroom is to use it for cleaning the toilet bowl. Flush the bowl, or use a toilet bowl scrubber to make sure the inside of the bowl is wet all the way up the sides. Then, sprinkle one cup of Borax into the bowl, focusing on the areas above the water line. Allow it to sit overnight, or perhaps during the day when everyone is gone to work or school, and then use your regular toilet bowl brush to give it a quick scrub. You will see all of the stains, mold and other contaminants go into the water, leaving behind a beautiful, shiny toilet bowl.

The sinks in your home can also benefit from a Borax cleansing. Mix one cup of the white powder with a quarter cup of lemon juice, which can be fresh, or from a bottle. Add water as needed to keep the paste at a workable consistency. You can use this solution in both porcelain and stainless steel sinks to make them look like they once did. Scrub the entire sink, taking a few extra moments to work the paste into stained areas. In fact, you can even let it sit for a few minutes to allow it to work, leaving you with less of a chore when you return. The residents of your home are certain to be amazed at the difference in how your bathroom and kitchen look just by shining up the sinks!

There are countless other ways that you can use Borax in your home to make it a more comfortable place to live. From laundry to pet stains, it can boost virtually all of your cleaning efforts. Continue to learn about this fantastic and inexpensive product if you want to focus on environmentally friendly ways to keep your home and belongings clean and fresh!

Cleaning With Vinegar

 

Now, more than ever, mankind is spoiled by so much technology and scientific innovations. Technology has been used to create solutions to address all kind of human needs from treating cancer, all the way down to something simple like remove the odor of pet waste when it is found in the home.

However, there are still some ‘old-fashioned’ that are still used inside many households, because, try as we might, we have found it hard to improve the results gained by these naturally found concoctions, such as baking soda, borax and our old favorite, vinegar.

Vinegar was actually discovered many years ago, probably as the result of a cask of wine that was left to ferment past the point of optimal fermentation where it still was palatable enough to drink. If wine is allowed to ferment for long periods the end product would be vinegar – this is because the sugars that ferment into alcohol when creating wine then ferment even further into acetic acid.

It is the acetic acid content that makes vinegar such a versatile household product. In addition to its application to the culinary arts, vinegar can be used for domestic cleaning and sanitation. Only certain types of vinegar are made for cleaning purposes. These are known as “Full Strength Vinegar” or “Double Strength Vinegar” – depending on the exact content of acetic acid. Vinegar with higher acetic acid percentages should not be used for cooking, but for cleaning they work like a charm.

Some of the cleaning uses for Full Strength Vinegar include:

Floors

No-Wax Surfaces – Mix around half a cup of vinegar with a half gallon of warm mop water to clean the floor of grease, grime, film and other impurities.

Carpet Stains – In a pint of water mix a tablespoon of liquid detergent and a tablespoon of vinegar, apply this to the stain with a soft towels or a brush –nothing to abrasive that could damage the fabric. Dab the stain out of the carpet, applying more of the solution as necessary. Continue to rinse out the towel or brush as you work the stain form the fabric. When the last vestiges of the stain are gone, blow dry the area and notice how the last of the marks vanish before the awesome might of “Vinagre”.

Windows Walls and Woodwork

Windows – Equal parts warm water and vinegar make an excellent solution to greasy streaky windows. Apply and dry with a soft cloth for best results.

Washing Woodwork and Painted Walls – certain jobs require the gentle side that vinegar also provides. Take a gallon of warm water, add a ¼ cup of baking soda, a ½ cup of vinegar and a cup of ammonia. This is a excellent recipe for cleaning venetian blinds, painted walls as well as finished woodwork.

Kitchen

Clean and Deodorize the Microwave – Things happen in the microwave that cause the foodstuffs to become splattered across the inside of the oven –this can turn into a cacophony of smells as the Chinese take-out mixes with the gyros and ‘yuck’. A quarter cup of vinegar in a pint of warm water makes and excellent degreaser/deodorizer.

 

Cleaning Kit Essentials For Beginners

Make All The Household Cleaners You Need With These Four Simple Ingredients

How do you manage living on your own? If you are just embarking on life away from home for the first time, you may be a little be overwhelmed, especially by the prospect of taking care of your digs. What products do you need to keep on hand? How much do cleaning products and equipment cost? In this article, we will share some tips to help you prepare for keeping your home clean and tidy without putting a significant dent in your finances. Read on to learn more.

Make Your Own Products Cheaply
If you hate the smell of the cleaning aisle, you are not alone. With thousands of choices in cleaning products all amassed in one place, the chemical smell is annoying at best and literally sickening at worst. That’s why you’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to visit the cleaning aisle. Instead, you can make all of the cleaning products you need with four very simple, affordable ingredients. They are:

  1. Baking Soda: This mild alkaline abrasive is all natural and very cheap (usually 2 boxes for a dollar). It is an effective deodorizer and a mild abrasive that can be used for gentle scrubbing power.
  2. White Vinegar: This natural acidic liquid acts as a degreaser. It is a streak free cleaning agent and a mild disinfectant and deodorizer.
  3. Dish Soap: This is a pH neutral cleaner. If you need warm, soapy water, use dish soap and warm water.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: This is a fast-drying disinfectant that can be used to clean and sanitize surfaces and areas that hold germs and bacteria.

Use these four ingredients to make all kinds of cleaners!

  • All purpose cleaner: Mix 1 part dish soap and 20 parts water.
  • Disinfectant: Combine 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water.
  • Tub, Tile & Toilet Cleaner: Mix 50/50 vinegar and dish soap. Sprinkle soiled area with vinegar before spraying for extra abrasive power.
  • Glass Cleaner: Combine 50/50 vinegar and water.

Get The Right Equipment
You’ll also need some cleaning equipment. Start by purchasing a sturdy caddy to keep your cleaning product in. You’ll also need some spray bottles. You can either buy new ones inexpensively at a dollar store or repurpose old ones. If you do repurpose, be sure to rinse the bottles thoroughly before mixing up your cleaning products. No matter what, be sure to label your bottles once they contain products. This will help you avoid confusion.

You will also need:

  • Double sided sponges give you one soft surface and one abrasive surface.
  • Use paper towel for really dirty spills and for the toilet.
  • You will also need a toilet bowl brush.
  • Use an old toothbrush to clean tight spots.
  • Micro-fiber cloths are good for dusting.
  • Optical cloth is good for cleaning electronics.
  • Use rubber gloves if you wish.

Be sure to rinse your sponges after every use and replace them periodically. Keep them in an area with good air circulation to allow them to dry between uses. You can wash your micro fiber cloths and your optical cloth, but be sure not to use fabric softener. Wash all cleaning brushes with hot water. You can sterilize used toothbrushes by running them through the dishwasher or soaking them in rubbing alcohol.
For Your Floors
Buy a good quality bucket and mop. The micro fiber twist mop is a good choice. Get a wringer bucket to get your mop properly damp. Without a wringer, it will be too wet and will make a sloppy mess.

You will also need a good broom, but don’t think that this takes the place of a vacuum. Vacuuming can be a challenge because of the cost and the storage, but you need a vacuum get rid of dust and pet hair. Sweeping and picking up gets rid of some of it, but not all. A hand held or stick vacuum saves space. If purchasing a vacuum is too expensive, put it on your Amazon wish list and/or ask for it as a holiday or birthday present.
Save Money & The Environment
When you follow these smart tips, you can keep your place neat and clean without using dangerous, toxic chemicals. You can also save a fortune. Your total cost for all of your cleaning products (except vacuum) is about $50. Replacing your ingredients one at a time is very affordable.

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5 Forgotten Cleaning Tasks

 

A lot of people simply forget to clean some areas of the house where they should be cleaning on a regular basis. These are areas that can be very easy to miss and/or forget, so don’t feel bad. In this article, we will be going over some of the top 5 forgotten cleaning jobs that you need to pay attention to right now.

Top 5 Forgotten Cleaning Jobs:

1. Overhead Exhaust

The fact is, not many people think about how dirty and grime the overhead exhaust typically gets after constant usage. The reason why it gets so grimy and dirty is because the stove is constantly dissipating heat and moisture with all kinds of grease trapped in it. All of this moisture ends up going through your overhead exhaust and can build up right on the vent fans. Thankfully, there is an incredibly easy way to clean this area. It literally takes no extra effort and can make your exhaust ass clean as a whistle in no time.

2. Under and Behind The Refrigerator

This is an area that a lot of people simply either ignore and/or forget about. The reason is simple, out of sight – out of mind. However, this does not mean that you should leave these areas to sit and build up dirt, dust, and grime. The key to getting this area cleaned on a regular basis is going to be by pulling the fridge out. If you have a hardwood floor, you want to be very careful when you are doing it in order to avoid scratching your floor. Once you move your fridge, you will likely notice that a ton of dust builds up because refrigerators have fans which can accumulate and spread dust around. The easiest way to clean under your fridge is by simply using a handheld or a vacuum cleaner of your choice.

3. Under Your Sofa Cushions and Sofa

Another area where you are going to be able to find all kinds of grime, dirt, and all kinds of foreign objects is under your sofa cushions. Because you are likely sitting on your sofa doing all kinds of things, you will likely find all kinds of stuff trapped under your cushions. The best way to clean this area is by using a simple vacuum cleaner.

4. Washing Machine

Another area that you need to be careful with is your washing machine. A lot of problems can result if you do not keep your washing machine as clean as possible. If you do not clean it enough, you will likely experience manufacturer malfunctions and/or your machine will start to smell. This is something that you should do around 4 times per year. You can either clean this using a specialized product or by doing it manually. If your machine has a self clean setting, it will be able to clean itself with that setting. Also, be sure to clean the detergent trays on a timely basis.

5. Keyboard

Another area of your house that you need to be sure that you consistently clean is your keyboard. A lot of people fail to realize the amount of grime, dirt, dust, and germs that can live on our keyboards. What you can do to clean your keyboard is simply grab some compressed air and provide short and quick blasts through your keys to blow the dust out.

How To Cut Down Your Cleaning Time

 

Cleanliness plays a big part in the presentation of a home. Everyone knows that best way to strike a positive first impression for visitors to your home is to have it spotlessly clean. Cleanliness also plays a bigger role other than matters of presentation. Cleaning your home fends off disease-causing germs and pathogens, which for obvious reasons, no one want to have in his or her home.

If only for the two reasons above, cleaning should be an integral part of our lives. As such, it is a modern-day culture to perform cleaning tasks on a daily basis or as frequently as possible.

However, we more often than not dread the entire endeavour of cleaning. The time it takes to spotless clean a typical family home is quite a lot. Most of us would be happy to reduce the time and effort spent in ensuring our homes are clean.

Herein are some of the simplest tricks on cutting down on cleaning tasks, without compromising on the cleanliness.

Trick #1: Reducing Oven Cleaning Tasks

One of the most tedious tasks of cleaning is cleaning the oven. The crammed spaces do not make the cleaning process any easier. One way of reducing the effort and time spent in cleaning the oven is by using oven liners. This simple aid is placed at the very bottom of the oven or placed on the lowest rack. It collects all the greasy deposits that would otherwise stick to the bottom of the oven. This effectively negates the task of cleaning the bottom part of the oven altogether.

The liner can be recycled by cleaning it in the sink which is far easier than cleaning the bottom of the oven.

Trick #2: Reducing the Time And Effort Used In Cleaning Cooking Dishes

A good home cooked meal usually follows the tedious work of cleaning dishes. The worst of them all is cleaning the cooking vessels. The grease and the stubborn food that lines the dish makes cleaning that much harder.

One way of reducing the dish cleaning task is by dishing the food right after it is ready. After that, fill the cooking vessel with warm water, some dish soap and some baking soda. Leave it for some time as you take your meal. Doing this softens the stuck food and grease that is in the cooking vessels, making cooking much easier.

Trick #3: Using Great Cleaning Techniques

The techniques used in cleaning can make cleaning easier or very difficult. One of the best technique of cleaning any surface in the house is the ‘S-pattern’ instead of the typical ‘circular motion’ pattern of cleaning. Cleaning surfaces as if you are drawing an ‘S-pattern’ makes sure you do not re-contaminate an already clean area.
It is also prudent to clean from top to bottom and from right to left. This ensures you cover all the spots, and everything is cleaned.

Trick #4: Reduce Vacuuming Tasks By Taking Off Outdoor Shores Right After You Enter The Door.

Shoes track in about 80% of all the dirt in your home. This forms the majority of the dirt that you have to vacuum. Removing outdoor shoes reduces the tasks you have to perform in the form of vacuuming.