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Friday, December 18, 2009

Vacuum Cleaner Reviews


Are you thinking about getting your significant other a new vacuum cleaner as a Christmas gift but you're not sure which brand you should buy?

We have a variety of vacuum cleaner reviews that can help make your choice easier.

Some of the vacuum cleaner brands reviewed are:
Hoover Vacuums
Eureka Vacuums
Dirt Devil Vacuums
Bagless Vacuum Cleaners
Dyson Vacuums and more.

Don't wait, Christmas is just around the corner.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Removing Sweat, Perspiration and Deodorant Stains

Man jogging on pathway.

Don't sweat the small stuff!

Even though we really don't like those embarrassing antiperspirants stains, sweating happens for a reason. You may think we perspire as our bodies are too hot, in reality it's our bodies way of keeping us cool.

Perspiration that happens in the armpit area, will have a yellowish color and contains fatty acids and proteins.

Most of us; both men and women, have trouble with underarm perspiration. Men may also get perspiration between the shoulder blades, groin area, hands and feet. All of these things can result in stains on your clothing.

Here is something you can try to remove deodorant stains:

Hydrogen Peroxide


I keep bottles of hydrogen peroxide on my shelves. It works great for some many things. It's always a good idea to do a spot check in an inconspicuous spot first.

After you've done the spot check, apply straight hydrogen peroxide on the stained area and rub it in. Allow this to sit on the stain for 30 minutes or so.

Hydrogen peroxide will convert to water when exposed to sunlight so cover the area with a piece of plastic wrap and then cover that with a towel to keep the light out. Don't dilute the hydrogen peroxide and don't mix it with any other type of cleaner.

After 30 minutes, check to see the progress, depending on the stain you may have to do this step once again before washing as you normally would.

Before you put the article of clothing in the dryer, check it and make sure the stain is gone.

For sweat and perspiration stains, try this:

Ammonia and Water


Mix a half-cup of water with a half-cup of household ammonia and put on the stain. Then launder according to clothing manufacturer’s instruction.

There are a number of common household products which are effective in treating and removing these stains. Check to see if you have one or all of them on your pantry shelves to remove sweat or perspiration stains!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Got A Grass Stain?


Are you looking for ways to get grass stains out of clothing?

Grass stains happen! What do you do? When your kids are playing in the yard or you’re on your knees doing yard work, it can be quite common to get grass stains on the knees of our pants.

The problem with grass stains is they can be mixed with more than just grass. There may be some mud and other things in the mix but when you need to get the stain out, concentrate on the grass part of the stain first.

Simple Cleaning Solution

This is a non-toxic way to clean the grass stain.
• Go to your local health food store or pharmacy and purchase a supplemental, digestive enzyme in powder or pill form.
• Use 1 teaspoon of the powder and add a little water to make a paste.
• Apply the paste to the grass stain, covering the entire area and let sit for one hour.
• Wash as you normally would but don’t put it in the dryer yet. Let it air dry to make sure the stain is gone.

Dry Cleaning Solvent

Test in an inconspicuous spot first then follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.

For solutions on removing grass stains from clothing, check out these helpful hints.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cleaning with Dishwashing Detergent


Is dish washing detergent only for cleaning dishes? What about automatic dish washing detergent? Both these types of detergents can be used for other kinds of cleaning throughout your home.

One of your household items that can be cleaned with dish washing detergent is your refrigerator (inside and out).

Automatic dish washing detergent can be used to clean tough stains.

For more uses using dishwashing detergent, come see us at Mrs. Clean.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

How to Clean with Vinegar


Not only is vinegar used in cooking for tenderize meats and bringing out the flavor of some foods, vinegar is also used to clean around the house.

Vinegar is quite effective for killing household germs, bacteria, and killing most molds due to its acidic levels.

Vinegar is also a "green product", meaning it is environmentally friendly.

For cleaning purposes you want to use white vinegar, who knows... you may already have this in your cupboards.

Some uses for cleaning with vinegar are:
Cleaning your garbage disposal
Cleaning the top of your refrigerator
Cleaning everyday glassware that has turned cloudy

We have more helpful tips for cleaning with vinegar at Mrs. Clean. Stop by and check them out.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tips for Removing Soap Scum


Everyone needs a little help now and again. One of the areas our new clients have a tough time with is removing soap scum from their tub and shower.

Soap scum will build up when you take shower after shower and can be difficult to clean if not cleaned regularly. It's not just soap but minerals from the water, body oils, sloughed off skin and bacteria.

When you realize this, I don't think it's something you want yourself or your family bathing in.

Get Rid of Soap Scum

Ammonia and Water
Mix one part household ammonia with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on the location and wipe clean. Rinse the area thoroughly.

Vinegar
Spray white vinegar directly onto the soap scum and allow it to work for a minute or so. Wipe clean.

Dryer Sheets
Rub a dryer sheet onto the bathtub or shower walls to help remove the soap scum.

Heavy Duty Cleaning

Borax
Borax is a scouring powder and a cleaning agent. Wet a sponge and sprinkle on the borax. Scrub the scum off. This is safer than other chemicals on the market. Rinse thoroughly with hot water after cleaning.

Baking Soda


Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Apply and scrub. Rinse thoroughly.

You can also use the baking soda all by itself. I have done this after getting out of the shower while the tiles are still wet. Either sprinkle on a sponge or the walls and scrub.

Removing and Preventing Soap Scum

Cleaning the Shower

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Removing Berry Stains


Fresh berries. Mmmm, there's nothing better than eating fresh berries or using them in a pie or as an ice cream topper.

The downside of these wonderful little delights is the tough berry stains you get on your hands, you know how the stains work in and around your fingernails, and your clothing when the juice drips on your shirt.

For tips on removing berry stains, visit Mrs. Clean USA.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cleaning Your Shower Curtain


If you're like I am, you have out-of-towners sharing your home during the holidays, and one of the places I spend the most time cleaning is the guest bathroom.

I mean your guests should have a clean and fresh bathroom to use, right?

I remember when I used to get my dirty clothes on, put my hair up, get my scrub brush and cleaning solution just because I knew I'd be cleaning the shower curtain.


I'd spray on the cleaner and either get in the tub or lean over the tub to scrub that yucky mildew and soap scum from the bottom part of the shower curtain with the scrub brush. It wasn't easy, I'd get splattered on and a kink in my back.

Well those days are long over and they can be for you too!

We have some easy cleaning solutions for cleaning your shower curtain, so it doesn't have to be a pain in your back!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cleaning your Silver


Why does silver tarnish? When silver is exposed to air - it tarnishes. Silver will also tarnish more quickly when it is exposed to damp/humid air and therefore should be kept covered.

Silver; whether it is jewelry or serving pieces, is not something we think to clean very often until it's time to break them out for a special occasion.

There are many things to keep your silver from coming into contact with. Here are a few:

  • Rubber
  • Table Salt
  • Displaying Flowers or Fruit

The acids in these can etch and damage your silver.

We have some effective tips for cleaning silver. Cleaning silver can be easy and will keep it looking beautiful.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Winter Cleaning Checklist


Winter is fast approaching, which means we usually spend more time in our homes enjoying family, good food, and a warm fire.

Because we will be spending more time indoors, now is a good time to get some winter cleaning chores done.

Some things to think about doing are:

Cleaning your furnace and the fireplace.
Do you know when you last had the fireplace cleaned and the chimney checked? The chimney is the one place you want to be inspected and swept to avoid a possible fire hazard in your home.

You should also think about a professional technician showing you how to maintain your furnace to keep it running efficiently through these upcoming winter months.

For your convenience, we have a winter cleaning checklist to help you get started.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cleaning Stainless Steel


We love our stainless steel and maintaining the cleanliness is essential in keeping the fingerprints and smudges at bay.

Did you know you should always clean with the grain. Yes. There is a grain and you should never rub against the grain as this can produce scratches, and they can be permanent.

Check out our tips for cleaning stainless steel, we have more tips to help keep all your stainless steel items looking great.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Office Cleaning Tips


Once your office was your space, a place to relax while paying bills, or a retreat from the kids while they are playing Nintendo (too loudly!).

But ... as our lives become more busy, running to and fro, we've lost our office space to piles of paper and ... something on a paper plate and the previous day's coffee.

Don't fret. We can help you clean your office space with easy to follow organizational tips.

Take a look, we hope our list of tips helps you out.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Removing Scuff Marks

A black pair of patent leather shoes can leave scuff marks behind.

You've just said goodbye to family and friends after a busy day of kids playing, eating good food, and visiting. As you’re cleaning up you see there are scuff marks on the floor. Most likely they won’t come off by mopping. Here is a list of ways to get those scuff marks clean.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

These are ideal for many clean ups throughout the house, scuff marks too. Just wet the magic eraser, wring it out, apply a bit of pressure and clean those scuff marks right up.

Large Pencil Eraser

Not only for correcting spelling errors, it will also remove some of the smaller scuff marks. Rub the area firmly in the direction of the mark. Once you’ve finished with the eraser, apply a little of your regular floor cleaner to clean and remove any remaining residue from the eraser.

Rubber Soled Tennis Shoe

Use the soles of a pair of tennis shoes (that are clean) to erase scuff marks. Just run the heel or the toe over the area firmly until gone.

Baking Soda and Water

Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply the paste and lightly rub until the stain is gone. Rinse with a damp cloth.

WD40

Lightly rub the scuff mark and rub the area clean with paper towel.

Toothpaste

Use a clean cloth and rub a little toothpaste on the mark using circular motions. Wipe clean with damp cloth and dry.

Things to Consider

* If flooring is wood or if it has a protective seal, some chemicals could damage the seal. Check to see if your floors came with cleaning instructions or check with the manufacturer first.

* Be careful not to use any type of scrubbing pads or harsh abrasive cleaners or chemicals on hardwood and laminate flooring.

* If you have waxed floors, the things we mentioned above may or may not work. Use them if you know they will not damage the floor.

* If you are unsure of a cleaning method, check in an inconspicuous spot first or check with the manufacturer.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Got Too Much Milk?


Most of us really enjoy milk and milk products. Who doesn't like a nice thick milkshake from time to time, an ice cream cone, or just drinking milk everyday?

But what happens to the stain from spilled milk? For one, if it isn't removed quickly, you may start to notice a foul odor.

I'm sure us Mom's out here have had milk spilled in the car and couldn't get it cleaned in time, so I'm sure you know what I mean about the stinky smell.

We have some tips on removing milk stains from fabrics, carpets, and furniture that will help you clean up spilled milk stains.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cleaning Mold & Mildew from your Bathroom


Mold and mildew is a fungus that grows in moist, warm environments.

You can identify both mold and mildew by its color, either shades of pink, brown or black, that covers the surface. It can also leave an unpleasant musty, sour odor behind.

Mold or mildew will take root on fabric, wood, sheetrock, paper, and most bathroom surfaces in a high humidity and warm environment.


There are a variety of causes for mold & mildew. Some are poor air circulation, not enough lighting, and damp areas.

We have tips for removing bathroom mold & mildew you may find helpful.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Need Help Getting Your Grout Clean?


Stained grout can really make a room look dingy, especially if you have a large area of tiling such as your floor or countertops.

Sometimes all the hard work you put into cleaning the grout just doesn't get those stains out.

Before you hire a professional, try one of these grout cleaning tips first.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What! Is That Smell??

Man with a Baffled Look on his Face as He's Smelling the Stinky Fridge.

What is the Smell Coming from Your Refrigerator?

There is plenty of leftover food that gets stored in our refrigerators or food items we just never got around to using (or couldn't find) that can cause some really bad smells and that – can be just a bit disturbing.

I don’t know about you but I’ve opened some refrigerators and the smell can just knock my socks off and completely make me lose my appetite.

So if you go poking your head in a fridge and it smells a bit putrefied, whether it’s yours or a family member, either clean it or tell someone else it’s time to clean their refrigerator. I mean mold, bacteria and mildew growing within the fridge is not a place I want to be grabbing my food from.

If the fridge is stinking, your option is to give it a good cleaning. Completely go through it and toss old foods and condiments. Clean the inside, take out the drawers (clean them out and underneath). Wipe everything dry when you’re done and put only the good stuff back in.

Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Smelling Odor Free


These are probably no brainer tips but I’m going to list them anyway.

  1. Clean up spills as soon as they happen and adopt a policy where whoever spills, cleans it up, no waiting until Mom gets home. Unless someone really needs your help say taking out a drawer or something.
  2. Store your food in covered containers and be sure to put the lid on all the way. If you’re covering a plate of food, make sure the saran wrap covers the dish (which usually means using two pieces of saran wrap). I have also found some stretch to fit food covers that work very nicely (and can be washed), they are pretty much like a shower cap.
  3. Monitor your leftovers. Really only a couple of days should go by before you toss them out and if you’re just not the kind of family then don’t keep them. I know people that never eat leftovers but hate to waste, so the food gets stored and forgotten about.
  4. Monitor the temperature. Most refrigerators are pretty good at keeping a consistent temperature but if yours is being opened and closed all day or if someone doesn’t close the door, it could change the temperature settings.
  5. Keep an open box of baking soda in the back of the refrigerator to help keep it fresh.
Cleaning the fridge doesn’t have to be a hard task nor a long task but it really should be done at least a couple of times throughout the year, more if you’re a large family.

How to Remove Tough Stains from Clothing

Spilled makeup and makeup pads

Do you have a tough stain on a piece of clothing and you're frustrated because it didn't come clean in the wash and now your thinking you might have to throw it away?

Wait!! Before you toss it in the trash or use it for a cleaning rag, check out these cleaning tips. You might just find something that works for your situation.

How to Remove Baby Formula

Most of the time, if you catch a fresh formula stain on baby’s clothing, you can pre-treat it (with something like Dreft Stain Remover) and wash it, and then the stains are gone. But what if you have been given some baby clothes with formula stains that have been there a while?

Pre-Treating Baby Clothes

Here are a few things you can try:
  • Apply a detergent like Dawn to the stain and gently work it in with a clean, old toothbrush. Let sit for an hour or so.
  • Dissolve 2 to 3 scoops of OxiClean into one gallon of cold water and let soak between 24 and 48 hours.
  • Good old Mother Nature is another great option. Spritz the stain with cold water and let sit out it the sun. If it’s a tough stain, spritz the baby clothes again and then pour lemon juice over the stain before laying in the sun. There’s nothing like Mother Nature and the stain removal power of lemon juice.

Removing Deodorant Stains from Clothing

My husband likes his white cotton shirts, but over time the deodorant and/or sweat stains can become quite evident, as they will turn the fabric a yellow color.

Not all is lost though - you can get these stains out.

OxiClean and Water

Dissolve 1 tablespoon OxiClean into 1 cup hot water. Dampen the stain with the mix and rub it between your hands, then soak the stained areas for 30 minutes on each side. Wash as usual.
I know OxiClean can be expensive, though. If you don’t happen to have it on the shelf, but do have the ingredients below, you can make something very similar to OxiClean:
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup Washing soda
Because we are only soaking the armpits of the shirt, you don’t need a whole lot of this mixture. Again, dampen the stained areas and rub between your hands, then let the stained areas soak in the mixture for 30 minutes before washing. If you don’t want to dump this out and you’re washing whites, you can add this to the load of clothes.

Using Borax

Borax is something I keep on my laundry room shelf because it’s so useful for so many things around the house.

Rinse the stained armpit area with warm water. Sprinkle on the borax and rub together with your hands. Wash as usual.

Removing Liquid Makeup from Clothing

I’m sure all of us girls have spilled makeup on our clothes a time or two. As with any stain, it’s best to act fast. Even if you can only give yourself a couple of minutes before rushing out the door for work, that’s all you need to pre-treat. Then you can wash the item when you get home.

Using a Laundry Pre-Treater

  1. To use a laundry pre-treatment, first use water to rinse the area of the spill really well from the back side of the shirt.
  2. Continue until you’ve removed as much of the makeup as you can. If necessary, rub the stained area with your fingers (under the water) to help get the makeup out, but be careful not to spread the makeup around.
  3. Apply your pre-treatment option to the remaining stain, and again carefully rub this between your fingers.
  4. Wash as you normally would.

Using Bar Soap, Shampoo or Dish Soap

If you don’t happen to have a laundry pre-treater on hand, follow the steps above, except use a bar of soap, shampoo, or dish soap like Dawn in place of the pre-treatment.

After removing any of these tough stains, wash as you normally would. Be sure to check the items before placing them in the dryer to make sure you’ve removed all of the makeup.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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