Wednesday, July 31, 2013

30 Easy Cleaning Tips Part One: Kitchen & Bathroom

For many, a happy home is a clean home. But who wants to spend countless hours cleaning? With the help of Women's Day and some of the best cleaning experts around, we deliver some of the most effective cleaning tips that will leave your home sparkling in no time flat.


Circle Around: Since the stove is one of the dirtiest parts of the kitchen, Andrea Atkins, of Women's Day suggests starting on the right side of the stove then moving clockwise around the room. By doing so, you eliminate spreading dirt and grease throughout your kitchen.

Sanitize the Sink: Whether you would like to admit or not, your kitchen sink actually harbors more bacteria than your toilet seat. To disinfect your sink, try using a EPA registered disinfectant. If you do not have one, try this simple method outlined by Andrea:
1. First, clean your sink with soap and water.
2. Spray with a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide.*
*Do not mix the two, spray one after the other.

Have a stainless steel sink? Try applying a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing the entire sink. This prevents water buildup, mold, and keeps your sink looking fabulous.

3. Do Dishwasher Duty:  Andrea suggests that at least once a week, clean your dishwashing machine with a damp sponge and baking soda. This eliminates any stuck on food or stains lingering within your washer. During flu-season, it might be beneficial to add a quarter cup of bleach to regular dish cycle to kill bacteria.

4. Love Your Oven: Treat your oven with a little extra care by lining the bottom with a nonstick oven liner. These dishwasher safe lifesavers can be used over and over again.

5. Disinfect the Disposal: You know those awful odors that come from your kitchen disposal? Zap odors with this simple concoction:  pieces of cut up lemons, some salt, and a few ice cubes. "The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue."

6.Crumble Paper Towels...Forever (& save the environment): This we have to admit, is music to our ears, "Use microfiber cloths instead." Why? Microfiber clothes are reusable, trap dirt and moisture and leave a clean, dry polished surface. Not only are they safe for all surfaces, they are environmentally beneficial since they require little to no water and reduce waste. We suggest MicroKLeN Microfiber Towels.

7. Clean as you go: You know that dreaded pile of dishes sitting on the stove or in the sink after you finish a meal? Try filling the sink with warm soapy water before you start dinner. That way you can have pots and pans soaking before food starts to really stick, which makes cleaning a hassle.

8. Zap the Sponge: Your sponge is a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. And please, when it starts to smell, just throw it away!

Bathroom Boosters:

9. Make Doors Shine: Twice a month, try rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on a glass shower door. This causes water to bead up and roll off.

10. Get a Cleaner Liner: Mold and mildew starting to appear on your shower liner? This simple tip will scrub away mold: throw liner in washer with a few towels.

11. Tame the Toilet: Not just a childhood favorite, drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. "The citric acid acts like a scrubber, and is nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip."

12. Corral Strays: Once a week, pour boiling water down your drain. This will eliminate clogs. Excess hair on bathroom floors? Use a damp piece of toilet paper to quickly wipe them up.

13. Use  Bedtime as Clean Time: If you have kids this is a solid piece of advice. "While the kids are washing up at night, wipe down the tub, toilet and mirrors, and toss out clutter.When they're finished, quickly wipe down the sink and floor. We suggest using the Clean Spin 360 Mop: Compact Spin Mop.

The Clean Spin 360 Compact Spin Mop cleans floors in, under, around, and through your house without harsh detergents. It reaches under tables, behind toilets, in closet corners, and around cabinets with no problem. Thousands of microfiber mop strands attract dirt, grime, and liquids without drips or leaks. Floors are clean and dry in half the time.

Clean Spin 360 | Spin Mop Cleaning Systems

30 Quick, Easy Cleaning Tips


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