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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stain Removal Tips from a Variety of Surfaces


For any type of stain there are a few basic things to keep in mind. Here are a few emergency basics to quickly help you out.

Use Club Soda for Carpets

This is a good one to keep at your disposal for some of those carpet disasters. Club soda can be used on carpet spills that have not yet set in. Use it quickly to remove a wine stain, coffee stain, pop stain, and more.

Pour some club soda on the stain and carefully blot it up with a terry cloth. Remember to blot – not rub! Club soda will not only help to draw out the stain but keep it from setting.

Don’t forget to use a clean cloth when cleaning up spills on your carpet, rinse when necessary to avoid reintroducing the stain.

Use a pH Detergent for a Milk Spill

Use a pH balanced detergent to blot up a milk stain. Add one teaspoon to one cup warm water and blot up with a terry cloth.

Use Vinegar on Faucets and Shower Heads with Lime/Mineral/Hard Water Deposits

Just about all of us have this handy, universal item in our homes and it’s works for so many jobs around the house. Vinegar.

Faucets

Do you have lime/mineral/hard water deposits on your bathroom faucets? Tear a few squares of paper towels and soak them with vinegar. Put these over the stains and let sit for at least an hour. Rinse well when done.

Shower Heads

To remove not only hard water deposits but bacteria as well mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 quart water together and place the shower head in the mix. Allow it to soak for about an hour. Rinse well.

If you have a plastic shower head mix equally 1 pint vinegar and hot water and let soak.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Simple Cleaning Tips


1. Clean Top To Bottom

Where ever you are cleaning in the house – always clean top to bottom. Start at the top floor of the house and work your way downstairs. When you’re cleaning a room, start at the top and work your way down.

For example, if you are cleaning a bedroom and you start dusting at the bottom and work your up – by the time you got to the top, you would probably notice dust on the items you just dusted. You may end up re-dusting again only this time working from top to bottom.

Start at the ceiling, down the wall, over the picture frames and door frames, lamps on tables, nightstands, etc.

2. Clean Back To Front

To keep a room looking fresh and just cleaned, start your vacuuming at the back of the room and work your way out of the room. Same with mopping floors.

If you’re cleaning underneath the bathroom sink. Take everything out then get a wet cleaning rag and starting cleaning at the back working towards you. Same thing applies to kitchen cabinets and drawers.

3. Dust First, Vacuum Last

Do all your dusting first and finish with the vacuuming.

4. Keep Cleaning Supplies Close

Get yourself a cleaning bag or carry tote so you can easily carry your supplies with you. If you have two floors, keep a set of supplies on each floor so you don’t have to make extra trips down then up, up then down.

Some things you may want to keep in your tote or totes can consist of the following. Buy supplies when they are on sale.

  • Toilet bowl cleaner.
  • All purpose cleaner.
  • Scrubbie.
  • Sponge (s).
  • Dusting items.
  • Cleaning towels.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
  • Pumice stone.

Again if you have a two story house and you have a place for larger cleaning supplies, think about keeping a mop and possibly even a vacuum on each floor.

5. Dry When Done

After you’ve finished cleaning countertops and towel racks, wipe them dry. This is a good habit to get into so wood surfaces don’t get damaged, metal surfaces don’t get etched, and to eliminate water spots.

6. Make Sure You Use the Right Cleaning Products

Make sure you know what your cleaning supplies are used for. There is nothing worse than causing damage to a surface because you didn’t read the label. Don’t mix products; it could possibly be harmful to you.

Here are a few other articles you might find helpful.

How to Clean without Chemicals

Toxic and Non-Toxic Cleaning

Thursday, June 16, 2011

How to Clean Mold & Mildew from a Tent Trailer


Many of you are getting ready for the camping trips you’ll be taking this summer with friends and family. Depending on the weather you’re having in the state you live in – you may have already started.

For those of you that have brought out the tent trailers, opened them, and unfortunately were greeted with mold and mildew.

Mold and mildew will flourish in dark, damp places that have restricted airflow.

  • Tent trailers should never be put away and stored wet.
  • They should not sit outside unprotected.
Either one of these will only encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

Check the Owner’s Manual

If you have the owner’s manual for your tent trailer, see what it says about cleaning. If you don’t have it, call the place you bought it from or any of your local RV stores and they should be able to help.

If for some reason you have not been able to contact the RV store, here is what you can do to get your cleaning under way.

This works best if you know there are going to be a number of consecutive days of sunny weather. If you must clean it and there may be rain, be sure you make a cover of some sort to keep the rain out and the tent trailer dry.

Dry Out the Camper

Mold spores will release a toxic gas, so be sure to wear a mask, gloves, and old clothes that (if necessary) can be tossed in the garbage.

The first thing you’re going to need to do before you actually clean the trailer is get it dried out! If there is somewhere you can put it where it gets sun for most of the day, the sunlight will not only help get it dried out – it will help kill the mold and mildew.

Next take everything out of the trailer that you can. Remove them and lay them in the sun. Now open windows and get the air circulating throughout the trailer. Everything needs to dry, as it dries the mold and mildew will start to turn to dust.

The drying out process may take a couple of days. If you took out your trailer thinking you might be using it for the weekend, you may have to put it off for another time. You definitely want to remove the mold before sleeping in it.

Get Out the Wet/Dry Vac

When the trailer is dry, use a wet/dry vacuum to vacuum up what you can of the dried mold and mildew and be thorough, get in cracks and crevices. And when you have finished vacuuming, don’t forget to throw the contents of the vacuum away.

Canvas and Nylon Cleaning

In a bucket, mix together a solution of:
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 1 cup mild detergent
Using a soft bristled brush scrub the canvas. It might be easier if you work in sections. When you’re done washing one section, rinse it with plain water to remove any residue from the cleaning solution then move on to the next section.

When you’re done cleaning make sure you leave windows open to help dry out your tent trailer. If possible put a fan in the trailer to help circulate the air. Make sure you wear protective gloves, eyewear, a mask, and old clothes while scrubbing down the trailer.

Have the Trailer Professional Cleaned

If you’ve opened your trailer and have found more mold and mildew than you want to work with, you should consider calling in a professional cleaner. It would be worth the expense especially when you consider your health and the health of your family.

Storing Your Tent Trailer

Storing the trailer in a dry place is going to help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Always put the trailer away when it is completely dry. Mold and mildew will thrive in damp, dark places with little air flow.
  • Before storing, sweep it off to remove dirt and leaves.
  • Clean out the inside and remove food and papers.
  • To keep rodents out, seal any entry points they could come through.
  • Don’t store the tent trailer with tarps laying directly over it; this will cause moisture and not enough airflow to circulate which will promote the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Make a covered storage area for your trailer.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Removing Skunk Odor


Who'd a thunk - skunk odor? Yep, there are still plenty of people and pets who have the occasional run in with a skunk(s).

Skunk spray contains a sulfuric based chemical and other compounds called thiols that come from their anal glands. The spray is their way of warding off unwanted predators. The spray also has a very unpleasant smell of rotten eggs.

Removing skunk spray is not the easiest thing to do but before you banish your pet to the backyard or you throw out your clothes, give this recipe a try, it's safe for both humans and pets.

Odor Remover Recipe:

If you or your pet got skunked this solution can be used to wash you, your pet, and your clothing. Wash thoroughly, the process may need to be repeated.

If you are using it to wash your skunk sprayed clothes, make sure you don't wash them with other clothing items.

Mix all ingredients in this recipe in equal parts:
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dawn dish soap

Mix together the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until the baking soda has dissolved completely.

Add the dish soap to the mix and stir.

Laundering Clothes


Because your clothes might be a tougher case to remove skunk odors from, here is another recipe for laundering your clothes. Again, this method may need to be repeated.
  • Laundry detergent, use liberally
  • Vinegar, 4 cups per load
  • Borax, 1 cup per load

Hopefully the clothing items you're washing can handle a hot water wash - they'll need it!

While the wash is filling add the mix.

Add your clothes.

Whatever you do, don't put anything in the dryer until the smell is gone, if you do and the smell isn't gone, you may have just set it permanently and will have to throw them away.

Products for Your Pet


If your pet is still a little bit stinky, here are some products that use microbes and enzymes to naturally remove the smell.

Earth's Balance - This will not hurt eyes or ears and will breakdown the biological matter from the skunk spray leaving your pet fresh smelling.

Skunk Off - comes as a soaker, spray and shampoo and won't hurt your pets eyes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to Clean Without Chemicals


There are ways to clean your house and brighten your clothes without using chemicals and most of the items to use are probably in your home already.

Chemicals aren’t the only thing that can kill germs and bacteria, take a look at our list and give some of them a try.

Some you may already be familiar with. If not, I hope we've given you some helpful tips.


Cleaning Drains

First put a tea kettle of water on to boil. If you don’t have a kettle then boil about five or six cups of water.

To clean the drains in your home, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Follow that with about 1/2 cup white vinegar. Cover with a wash cloth. Let stand for about 5 minutes.

When times up, carefully pour the hot water into the drain to flush out the clog. This should not be used after using a commercial drain cleaner.

If you have a tough clog, look into a plumbers snake then use this method again.

Brighten Your Clothing

Baking soda and white vinegar are two items that are so handy to have around. Did you know you can add 1/4 of a cup of either one of these to the clothes you’re washing to remove cling, soften, and brighten your clothes.

Furniture Polish

Combine vegetable oil with white vinegar or lemon juice to deep clean and polish your wood furniture. All you need to do is use a 2 (vegetable oil) to 1 (vinegar or lemon juice) solution and put it in a spray bottle.

White Vinegar

Do not use vinegar to clean marble or natural stone surfaces, it will damage the surface! Make sure you know what your kitchen and bathroom counter tops are made of before using vinegar.

This can be used to clean and sanitize most of your kitchen and bathroom surfaces to help kill and disinfect mold and mildew. Pour some on a wash cloth and wipe down appropriate surfaces and fixtures. It can be used full strength.

To clean ceramic and tile floors combine 1/4 cup vinegar to one gallon water.

Dishwashing Detergent

In a pinch, this is a great way to make your own detergent. Mix together 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of baking soda to make an effective dish washing detergent. Use about 2 tablespoons per load. Who knows - you may like this – you may end up using this instead of a store bought detergent.

These are just a few of the many natural cleaning products you can use. Don't think you're stuck with chemicals, there are always alternatives.

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