Wednesday, June 04, 2008

More Cleaning Tips from Glennda

Our dear friend Glennda has super cleaning solutions. Here is what she wrote us:

My mom and mother-in-law mostly use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning. I think the hardest part is getting organized with spray bottles and mixing the right solutions. I found a couple of websites that might help.

Tips from my mom:

-Avoid washing with hot water and check any clothes that you know are stained for stains after the wash and before the dryer. Once cloth is heated a stain is set and then your only resort may be bleach which breaks down the material. If you already have stained clothing that has been heated then depending on the stain you may want to soak it in vinegar and baking soda before bleaching it. You can also use lemon juice and baking soda to "bleach" it, but rinse well or the next time you wear the clothes out in the sun they'll continue bleaching and you'll have white stains. It may work with diapers though.

-Use rubbing alcohol and newspaper (black and white, no color) instead of Windex to clean mirrors and glass. You won't have any streaks because the alcohol evaporates. She says the alcohol shouldn't be used daily. You should really use it once a month or so. I've also used alcohol to make faucets shiny, but to clean them you will want to use vinegar.

-Removing blood stains. A set stain can be removed with peroxide. A little will do a lot. Rinse with cold water. A fresh stain can be removed with cold water or even better an ice cube. The melting cold water pulls the stain out of the fabric. This may work with poop stains, but I'm not sure.

-General deodorizer = Baking Soda. Good for anything stinky. Sprinkle on carpet before vacuuming and on kitty litter to keep the odor at a minimum. You can also sprinkle it in garbage pails, but I don't find that works as well. I'll use orange or citrus rinds to deodorize my garbage pails.

Tips from Brian's mom:

-Every summer there seems to be an ant season. Wipe down all your counters, doorways, windowsills, possible ant entry points, and general areas you don't want ants in with vinegar. If you see an ant trail wipe it down with lemon juice.

-Soaking up the potty training accidents on carpet, mattress, or fabric- Baking Soda is my hero! Clean up any poop, but be careful not to press the stuff into the fabric (especially the carpet). Then sprinkle a significant amount of baking soda and cover with a rag. The baking soda will soak up all of the poop once it looks soaked up clean up any wet baking soda then vacuum. You can try to soak up a pee pee accident with towels, but I skip that step because the baking soda is soaking it all up anyway.

My own tip from TV:

-Cleaning the kitchen sink - sprinkle baking soda all over the sink then scrub it down with a lemon. I've also used oranges and it works quite well. It leaves the sink nice and shiny.

Good luck! I hope all of this helps.
:), Glennda

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