Many of the fabrics in our homes are used daily and we don’t pay attention to them, unless there is a spill or emergency. But here’s what you can do to refresh them in between serious cleanings:
1. Dryer: Freshen most pillows, bedspreads, comforters or curtains just by putting them, along with a fabric-softener sheet, into the dryer on the AIR setting for several minutes.
2. Vacuum with upholstery and crevice attachment: Dust off heavy drapery, fabric-covered chairs and couches with the vacuum and attachments.
3. Microfiber cloths: Simply dampen a microfiber cloth with tap water and rub over fabric (NOT silk) to get rid of minor surface debris or dust.
Toothbrushes can be stored on the counter as long as they are away from the toilet, so the airborne bacteria from flushing the toilet won’t land on exposed toothbrushes. Here’s what else you should do:
1. Do not allow toothbrushes to touch each other because infections, such as periodontal disease or colds, can be passed from one toothbrush to another.
2. Rinse toothbrush bristles completely after every time your brush.
3. You should change toothbrushes around every three months or when you see that the bristles are worn or splayed.
As we know, hairspray leaves that sticky feeling wherever it lands, which can be wherever we spray it…the door, a wall, counter or the floor. Here’s how to remove it:
1. To eliminate hairspray residue from hard washable surfaces, pour a bit of rubbing alcohol onto a microfiber cloth rub, rinse and dry. Or add liquid dishwashing soap to hot water. Mix well and dip a clean cloth into the foamy water. Wipe and rinse with another cloth dampened with clear water.
2. Depending on the surface, polish or wax the area to make it easier to clean the next time.
Stainless steel appliances are attractive, but take specific care to maintain the durable surface properly to remove fingerprints and keep it shiny. Here’s how you should care for the
1. Clean frequently. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth or sponge. Take note that stainless steel can be scratched easily, so never use abrasive cleaners or steel wool.
2. Do not use cleaning products that contain chlorine, including dishwasher detergent or spray products.
3. If you have hard water, it can leave spots. To remove them, wipe the area with household vinegar on a paper towel, then rinse and wipe dry.
4. To shine stainless steel, apply baby or mineral oil to a paper towel and wipe dry.
It can be crazy trying to get everyone out of the house to school and work every day. So, if you can take a few organizational steps this will make the mornings go more smoothly:
1. Before you go to bed, set the breakfast table. Put out dishes and dry cereal.
2. Make sure your children put all their school papers into their backpacks, so they won’t be searching for them.
3. Try to get your teens to decide what they are going to wear the next day before they hit the hay.
4. For younger children, choose the outfits and lay them out at night.
Examine everything that you’ve put inside. Reorganize all items by use. So, items you use often, such as toothpaste, bandages or mouthwash should be on a lower shelf. Cold medicines should be on a higher. Arrange medicines so labels that can be easily read. Then go through at your medications.
Read the label and toss out:
1. Tablets that smell funny or discolored or cracked.
2. Capsules that are stuck together.
3. Liquid medication that has come part or is not uniform.
4. Medications that have expired.
5. All bottles that do not have labels.
6. Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
Dishwashers do get stinky and dirty and need to be cleaned. Look in the bottom to see if there’s any debris or gunk and wad up paper towels to lift it out. Then here’s what you should do to clean it:
1. Use household or vinegar or citric acid powder. Pour a gallon of vinegar in the bottom let set for about an hour and then run the washer through a full cycle. Or add half-cup of citric acid powder and run the dishwasher.
2. If there’s still a strong, bad smell, call a plumber because it could be a plumbing issue, like sewer gas.
Taking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching:
1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber cloth to clean the surface.
NOTE: Wipe over the disc in a straight line from the center to the edge of the disc. Never use a circular motion because it could create micro-scratches, which will damage the data on the disc.
2. If the disc still looks dirty, dampen a soft cloth with a mild soap and water mixture and wipe again. Dust the inside of the player often.
3. To really preserve your discs, hold discs by the center hole or outer edge. Do not touch the surface and store discs upright in cases
It’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks:
1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then rub off the scuffmarks.
2. If this doesn’t work, then use a cotton swab and dip it into rubbing alcohol and rub over the mark. Wipe off with a clean cloth.
3. To keep patent leather clean, dampen a cloth with mild soap and water, and then wipe over the marks. Buff with a soft cloth to shine.
If you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them:
1. Clean up the inside of your home really well to get rid of all other pests. Vacuum up webs and remove all egg cases and place in the trash. Dust corners and behind furniture and anywhere else you have seen webs. Spiders won’t come in your home, if there’s nothing to eat.
2. Around the outside of your house, remove wood or debris where spiders might like to hang out. Also wipe away all the webs too.