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House Cleaning Tips

Posted by thecleanteam1978 on May 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

House Cleaning Tips


House Cleaning –Home where the  heart is.  A place which makes you forget the stress and hard work of the day. Your family’s memories are attached to it, the good and the bad! You love your house and I want to keep it clean and hygienic every time.


Here are few tips from my personal experience that I use to keep my house clean. They are easy and simple and will not take more than 60 seconds to do.


Clean a Mirror


You don’t have to buy glass cleaners and paper towels to clean your mirrors. Just some vinegar and an old newspaper is all you need to keep your mirrors shining as new. Your house will look cleaner if the mirrors are clean.


Rinse Your Plate


Cleaning plates is a tuff thing if its kept for some time un cleaned. I rinse my plate after dinner and have all my family members do the same and it makes washing plates so easy. It is a small and simple habit but makes a lot of trouble easier. I don’t like trying to wash dried food off of dishes, do you?


Cleaning the Oven


Does your oven get used every day? Someday if you’re not using your oven, give it a quick spray of oven cleaner and keep it like that till the next day. Before you turn on your oven the next day, give it a quick wipe down. The baked on stuff comes off much easier than ever.


Cleaning the Microwave


Cleaning a microwave is easy. Fill up a cup of water and put it in there on high for a few minutes. The steam from the cup will loosen any stuck-on food, and then you can just wipe it away. It’s that simple.


Cleaning the Fridge


A fridge looks big and cleaning it looks even bigger. Follow my steps and the work will be a bit easier. First toss out any bad food. Then start with wiping down the top shelves and work down. Baking soda and water make a great cleaner and won’t leave your fridge smelling like


harsh cleanser. After you wipe out the crispers, line them with paper towels for easier cleaning next time. Cleaning the fridge was never this easy.


Cleaning your Bathroom


You can use lemon oil to shine the tiles of your bathroom. Lemon oil will also prevent mold and mildew. Use a false teeth bubbling tablet to avoid rings. Sometimes the problem with shower is that hard water gets build up there. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and place it over shower head to remove hard water buildup. You can use alcohol to shine bathroom faucets.


Toilet Hygiene


One of the most hated things to do it can be done very fast if you follow the way I do, few steps to follow to get it done quickly. First pour some cleaner in the bowl to soak. Then wipe down the seat and outside of the bowl with an antibacterial wipe or spray cleaner. After that scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and finally wipe down everything again with a dry cloth to make it shine.


Bathtubs can be cleaned too EASILY


To clean bathtubs here are a few things that may help:


Use a cleanser that will foam or bubble. This allows you to “soak” your tub or shower,


even if it’s a vertical wall. Get a scrubber that fits your needs, a long-handled one or


an extra firm one, pick a scrubber that will be easiest for you to use. Moreover, spraying the tub or shower down after each use can make deep cleaning easier.


Carpet Sweeping


If you have a carpet sweeper or a cordless hand vacuum handy then your job gets easier. This way you don’t need to drag the big vacuum out every time your floor needs a quick clean-up.


I am sure these easy to use tips will help you keep your house clean and beautiful.


Hard Water and Soap Scum

Posted by thecleanteam1978 on May 4, 2012 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hard Water Spots 




How did your once bright-white tub or toilet begin to look old, dingy and almost rusty? Why aren't the dirt or grime stains coming off with regular bathroom cleaner? The problem is probably hard water.

Hard water is water that's high in mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium. Water can absorb these minerals through rocks and soil before making its way to your pipes. The more minerals in your water, the "harder" it is. In contrast, water with low mineral content is often called "soft water."


Hard water isn't harmful to your health, but it can be a headache. The minerals react with soaps, preventing them from lathering. Hard water can also can also make detergents less effective, causing unwanted spots on your dishes even after they've been through the dishwasher, for instance. Hard water can also cause buildup in your pipes and unsightly brown or white stains in your shower, sink, and toilet.


Want to know if you have hard water? Turn on the sink, gather some soap in your hands, and run your hands under the water. If it lathers easily, you don't have hard water. If it barely lathers at all, you probably have water with extra minerals. If you have brown or white residue or scum that builds up in your shower, toilet or sink and won't come off easily with standard cleaners, this is also a tell-tale sign of hard water.


Here's what you can do to remove stubborn hard water stains -- and prevent them in the first place.


To clean the shower and sink:

1. Get an empty spray bottle and fill it half with water and half with pure white vinegar.


2. Spray the vinegar mix onto your shower doors, tub and tile and use a paper towel or rag to clean off the scum. Alternatively, you can put the mixture in a bowl and soak a towel in the bowl, then scrub the surfaces with the towel.


3. If you want to amp up the cleaning power, try creating a paste from white vinegar and baking soda. Spread it out over the surface of the stain, wait about 15 minutes and then scrub with a cloth or sponge. Rinse the area clean, and dry with a towel. Drying the area is very important, as you don't want to cause more problems by leaving the water on the surface for too long.


4. If this doesn't work, cut a few lemons in half or place lemon juice in a spray bottle. The acidity in the lemons should help break up the stains.


For more natural cleaning methods, check out these suggestions from the Natural Handyman.


5. If all else fails, try a chemical cleaner that contains hydrochloric acid. It's important to ventilate the area well and use protective gloves.


To clean the toilet:

1. Add 1-2 cups of vinegar to your toilet bowl and a few sprinkles of baking soda.


2. Using a brush with nylon bristles, swish around the cleaner in the bowl for a few minutes then let it sit for bout 15 minutes.


3. Scrub the surface again with your scrub brush. If this does not get all of the stains, add some lemon juice, which should help dissolve the last of them.


4. Flush away the cleaner and repeat if necessary.


The WaterBoss No. 700 water softener. Photo: The Home Depot


To prevent hard water:

1. To start, purchase detergents that are specially formulated for hard water. Check the label and ingredients for more information.


2. Each time you shower, wipe down the shower doors with a towel to prevent moisture buildup.


3. Get a liquid or powder water softener such as CALGON and use it in your washing machine.


4. Purchase a water softener system. A water softener removes the calcium and magnesium ions in the water and replaces them with sodium ions. They're not cheap, running over $400 for a system. However, it will save you time srcubbing and money spent on multiple cleaning products in the long run.