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Practical advice

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Cleaning the oven safely

Open the windows before using chemical oven cleaners.
Take removable trays outside for cleaning.
Wear a respiratory mask thick rubber gloves and protective clothes when using chemical oven cleaners.
Always turn off an electric oven at the isolator wall switch before cleaning.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for self-cleaning ovens or you may permanently damage them.
If you’re using a branded oven cleaner, always follow the instructions and never mix with any other cleaner – you could produce poisonous gas or damage the oven.
Caustic chemicals are not suitable for use by expectant mothers or when young children and pets are present.
Non – caustic method of cleaning the oven.
The non-toxic method is to coat all the interior surfaces with a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and a few drops of water. Leave this to soak for several hours or, better still, overnight. You will then have to scrub the residue off with warm water and a scouring pad. This method requires plenty of elbow grease and residue can be tricky to shift. On the plus side, you won’t be using any harsh chemicals, so it’s suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers, if you are pregnant, or have young children and pets present.

Odor patrol

  1. Clean toilets regularly.
    Change cat litter daily.
    Bathe dogs regularly.
    Spray an air sanitizer to eliminate odor-causing bacteria.
    Clean your refrigerator and freezer regularly.
    Sprinkle the insides of smelly shoes with baking soda.
    Put out a bowl of vinegar to absorb tobacco smoking and cooking odors.
    Use outdoor-vented exhaust fans when cooking.
    Hang up bath towels so that they will dry as quickly as possible.
    Spray upholstery and bedding with a fabric refresher.
    Use an air cleaner with a HEPA air filter and carbon filter.
    Use essential oils, sachets, or potpourri around your home.
    Avoid installing synthetic wall-to-wall carpeting: it tends to absorb odors.

Freshening Up

Can plants control indoor air pollution?

Plants do remove carbon dioxide from the air. However, there is no evidence of plants having the ability to reduce indoor air pollutants in any significant way. Improving ventilation is a much more effective and practical means of cleaning indoor air.

Should I have the ducts for my forced air heating and cooling system cleaned?

Yes, no, and maybe. If you have allergies or an unexplained illness that you or your doctor thinks might be related to your home environment, you might want to consider having your ducts cleaned. If you see that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of mold or you smell a musty odor coming from the ducts, or if dust and debris are actually begin released into your home from the register, your ducts do need cleaning. Otherwise, the cleaning is probably not necessary. If you decide to hire a duct-cleaning service, plan to vacate your home during the cleaning process to protect yourself from exposure to dislodged pollutants and cleaning chemicals.

What’s the difference between an air cleaner and an air purifier?

An air purifier only purifies what’s in the air. An air cleaner helps capture allergens that tend to float, such as pet dander.

 

Carpet spot treatments
Special water-soluble stains – blood, chocolate, coffee, wine.
Ammonia solution.
Absorb as much of the stain as possible with white towels. Then blot the stained area with white towels dampened with cool water until there is no more transfer of the stain onto the towels.
Prepare a solution of 1 tablespoon of household ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water. Dampen a white towel with the solution and use it to blot the stain, or spray the solution directly onto the stain. Absorb any remaining moistened by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weighing them down with a heavy object until the carpet is completely dry. If any of the stain remains, follow the complete instructions for removing water-soluble stains with a detergent solution.
Caution: Do not use this solution on a wool or wool-blend carpet.

Disinfect  your  sponges

Used sponges and dishcloths should be disinfected daily. Choose one of the following four simple methods of disinfecting.
1) Place damp sponges and cloths in the microwave oven,, and “cook” them on high power for 1 minute. Do not microwave dry sponges and cloths; they could catch fire. Let them cool before using.
2) Soak sponges for 5 minutes in a dishpan containing a solution of 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water. Rinse them with clean water and hang them up to dry.
3) Launder sponges and dishcloths, using the hot-water cycle of your washing machine. Then dry them in the dryer to sanitize.
4) Toss sponges and dishcloths in the dish-washer with a load of dishes.

Washing Flatware

To hand-wash all types of flatware, use warm, sudsy water. Rinse well and dry immediately. You also can wash stainless-steel, sterling, and silver-plated flatware in the dish-washer. Following are some tips for doing so.  

To prevent damage to silver, do not mix stainless-steel and sterling-silver flatware in the same basket in the dish-washer.

Avoid lemon-scented dish-washer detergents for loads containing stainless-steel flatware, as these detergents can damage stainless steel.

Prerinse stainless-steel flatware immediately after use, loading in the dish-washer.

Position flatware with handles down, and avoid crowding in the basket. Try to mix spoons, forks, and knives in the basket to prevent like items from nesting.

Do not spill dry detergent on wet flatware; it may cause dark spots. These can be removed with silver or stainless-steel polish. If possible, move the silverware basket away from the detergent dispenser cup.

Use the gentle or energy-saver-dry cycle to prevent heat spots from forming on your flatware.  

Laundromat tips
Lugging laundry back and forth to the laundromat can be a real drag. Here’s how to get the best results while minimizing the effort required and maximizing use of your time:
Do your sorting at home so you know in advance how many washing machines you will need.
Premeasure dry laundry detergent into plastic zippered bags, or use laundry tablets.
Opt for fabric softener sheets over liquid fabric softener, for convenience.
Wipe out washer tubs with a disposable disinfectant wipe before loading your clothes into them. Or, if appropriate, use liquid chlorine bleach in the wash to kill any germs left over from previous wash.
Bring your own change. Helpful hint; Empty film canisters make great quarter containers; each canister holds 20 quarters.
Clean the dryer lint filter before using the dryer.
Do not leave your laundry unattended.
Bring plenty of hangers.
Plan to use laundry time to catch up on reading, writing, sewing, or other, projects. Consider designating a tote bag for carrying books and other items you want to bring along with laundry aids.

 

Natural Cleaner and Sanitizer

Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) offers a less toxic approach to preventing the spread of E, coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptoccus, and many other dangerous bacteria, germs, and parasites.
To use: Mix 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract with 2 cups of warm water (or use 1 teaspoon per gallon of water). Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Double the amount of GSE (in the same amount of water) to create a super-strength disinfectant cleaner for more extreme jobs. Grapefruit seed extract also whitens sinks, tubs, and tile. Spray the area with the GSE solution and let sit for at least 15 seconds to air-dry. Wipe the area dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Oven cleaning -natural

Start by wiping off all visible grease and removing any burned-on food. Then try one of these natural solutions for cleaning your oven.
Spritz the floor of your oven with water. Then sprinkle the contents of one small box of baking soda on the oven floor, until it is completely covered. Spray the baking soda with enough water to moisten it and let sit for at least 30 minutes. If the oven is very dirty, leave the soda on overnight; spritz it again with water before going to remove the baking soda and grime. To clean the sides of the oven, make a paste of baking soda and water and use it to scrub with a nylon scratching pad. If necessary, use a nonsoapy steel-wool pad to gently scrub hardened spills.
Preheat the oven to 200 F and then turn it off. Place a small bowl of ammonia in the warm oven and leave it overnight with the oven door closed. You can also do this immediately after using your oven, as it cooling. The next day, wipe the interior clean with soapy water and a sponge. Use a nylon mesh sponge to remove baked-on residues. Rinse well with a wet sponge.
To minimize future cleaning ordeals, line the bottom of your newly cleaned oven with aluminum foil. Replace the foil when spills occur.

 

 

Use the front of the house
 


The simplest thing you can do to ease house-work is to keep out dirt. Good-quality mats at each doorway, inside and outside, will greatly reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and grime coming in on the bottoms of shoes. A mat will also absorb moisture that would otherwise interact with dust and dirt to create spotting on carpets. During winter or wet weather, when mud is being tracked in, consider setting out a boot scraper. Also don’t forget to place a mat at the top of your basement stairs to keep basement dirt from being tracked into the main part of your home.
Use commercial-quality doormats, and train your household members to wipe each foot twice. Outdoors, use a coarse mat to remove as much dirt as possible from the shoe of anyone entering your home. Indoors, the best mat is one made of dense, level-loop, woven nylon pile with a nonslip rubber backing. A piece of level -loop or plush carpet is also a good option.

Use commercial-quality doormats, and train your household members to wipe each foot twice. Outdoors, use a coarse mat to remove as much dirt as possible from the shoe of anyone

Your first steps

You can really speed up the process of cleaning by uncluttering your home. If you have a lot of clutter, it will be well worth your time to purge your home of those things that are simple taking up space. You’ll find lots of ideas in this chapter about how to decide what to keep and what to toss and what the things you declare “tossable”. Although uncluttering ultimately gives you the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning, don’t worry too much about cleaning during the uncluttering process. If you try to clean as you go, it might slow you down, and you don’t want that. The cleaning will go much more quickly once the uncluttering is done, which is one of the benefits of organizing that you’re sure to appreciate.
Uncluttering gives you the perfect excuse to get rid of all those things you really don’t want or use anymore – everything from hair accessories to books to furniture. Just because you bought it or someone bought it for you doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever. Give yourself permission to give away those things that no longer suit your tastes or lifestyle. The hardest part about getting organized is getting started. Clutter won’t disappear overnight. But if you commit to spending 15 minutes a day on unclutteringcti activities, you will begin to see noticeable improvement almost immediately. Start today and keep at it. The reward is well worth the wait., to get started without having to put your life.

Cleaning Floors

Most floors require only regular vacuuming or a light cleaning with a mild solution to keep them looking good. Use large, good-quality entry and exit mats at each exterior door to keep out dirt and other substances, such as oil or asphalt, which can cause premature wear on remove shoes at the door, and wipe up spills immediately. Use mops with disposable cleaning cloths to make weekly cleanup fast and easy. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your flooring. If those instructions are not available, use the following care and cleaning instructions as a guide.
Hardwood Floors. As a preventive measure, consider placing mats at entrances to rooms with wood floors to prevent gritty dirt, which can mar a wood floor’s finish, from being tracked in. As future of or keeping wood floors clean and glowing:
Sweep or dust-mops as often as you can. Use a wool dust mop to bring up the shine of hardwood floors.
Wood laminate floors- mop with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar in 1 gallon of warm water, or with just plain water. As with hardwood floors, wring out your mop so it only slightly damp.
Ceramic tile-mop weekly (or more often in high-traffic areas) with a cleaner made for ceramic floors or a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar in 1 gallon of water. Do not use detergent or soap, which can dull the surface.
Vinyl or linoleum floors-vacuum the floor and remove any spots from it before wet-mopping. You can remove a black scuff mark with an art-gum or pink pencil eraser. Another trick is to spray a little WD-40 lubricant on a towel and lightly rub the mark. Wipe up any remaining oily residue with a sponge wetted with a solution of dishwashing liquid and water and rinse well. Then, on to the mopping.

Carpets and rugs.

Vacuum carpets at least once a week. You may need to vacuum carpets in high-traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, and entryways as often as two or three times a week. About 85 percent of the soiling in carpets is loose dirt. Frequent vacuuming will help prevent that dirt from becoming ground in and will extend the life of your carpets. The other 15 percent is oily, sticky stain that vacuuming can’t remove. That’s why it’s important to deep-clean wall-to-wall carpeting every 12 to 18 months. You may need to deep-clean more often in high-traffic areas and in front of furniture or if you have pets or small children. Don’t wait until your carpet is heavily soiled to deep-clean. This shortens the life of the carpet and makes it harder and costlier to clean. In addition to making your carpets look better, deep cleaning will remove dust mites and other allergens and promote a healthier home environment. And hot-water extraction or steam cleaning, which is the preferred method of cleaning carpets, improves the stain resistance of your carpet by decreasing its ability to attract dirt.

Glass Cleaner

No glass cleaner in the house? Sorry, that’s no excuse for not washing windows. All you need is a bucket of warm water and a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Or you can try one of these proven formulas:
Add ¼ cup of white vinegar to a 16-ounce spray bottle, and fill the rest of bottle with warm water.
Combine 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and enough water to fill a 16-ounce spray bottle.
Combine 1 cup of rubbing (70 percent isopropyl) alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a 12-ounce spray bottle.
Add ½ cup of ammonia and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of warm water.

Grandpa’s Best Window-Washing

½ cup sudsy ammonia (a special formulation that has had a small amount of detergent added to it)
1 pint rubbing (70 percent isopropyl) alcohol
1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
Combine the three ingredients in a bucket. Add enough water to make 1 gallon of liquid that will make for the cleanest windows you’ve ever had.

 

Disposing of Cleaning products
Selecting cleaning products

Simplify your life by choosing to use cleaning products that do double duty, such as disinfectant cleaners or all-purpose cleaners that can be used to clean toilets as well as countertops, floors, and walls. You may also wish to consider using cleaning products that will not harm the environment. Look for “environmentally friendly” products, or make your own hose-hold cleaning solutions from nontoxic materials such as vinegar, pure soap, baking soda, washing soda, and borax. Cut down on waste by making conscious about your purchases. Consider using concentrated laundry detergents, which provide more cleaning power with less packaging. Also look for refillable containers and for containers made from recycled materials. Buy in quantities you will use soon, so products don’t end up going to waste.
Traditional Disinfectants and Cleaners. These are the big guns: liquid chlorine bleach, ammonia, and pine-oil disinfectants and cleaners. The benefit of using these products is that they can be used for more than one purpose and they are very cost-effective. The disadvantage to these products is that they need to be diluted before use, which means having to mix up solutions. Also, misuse can discolor or damage finishes.

Natural Cleaning Bathroom

If you’re allergic to bathroom cleaning products, want to economize, or prefer to use nontoxic cleaning solutions try one of these simple, all-natural solutions for cleaning everything in your bathroom.
Floors. Mop tile and linoleum floors with a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of water.
Toilets. Pour in 1 cup of white vinegar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Brush and flush. Or sprinkle baking soda around the inside of the toilet bowl and scrub with a toilet brush.
Sinks and countertops. Wipe counters and sink with a cloth saturated with white vinegar. Or wet the sink, sprinkle it lightly aith baking soda, and use a moist cloth or sponge to gently scrub the sink. Rinse thoroughly to remove all the baking soda. On porcelain enamel sinks, you may be able to remove some stains with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide diluted by half with water. Apply this solution with a sponge and then rinse immediately.
Faucets and fixture . Clean and shine faucets a microfiber cloth dampened with water, a regular cloth saturated with white vinegar, or a sponge dampened with water and sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse the faucets and buff dry with a clean cloth.

Tub and tile cleaner.
Mix 1 ½ cups of baking soda, ½ cup of dishwashing liquid, and ½ cup water. Then add 2 tablespoon of white vinegar. Apply, scrub, and rinse.
Combine ¼ cup of borax and ¼ cup baking soda. Add 1 ½ cups of hot water and stir until mixed. Apply, scrub, and rinse.