Removing Soap Scum

There less effective ways to remove soap scum than there are to prevent it.  The squeegee method is a good one to employ daily in the shower to prevent soap scrum from occurring.  If you don’t have a squeegee, you can always just wipe down the shower with a towel after every use.  Daily shower cleaners can be very effective as well.  In bathrooms that have tile walls or frosted shower doors, a light coating of lemon oil once in a while can help keep build up at bay.

However, in some cases, the soap scum may already have found its way into your shower.  In these cases, you will need a good soap scum removing agent.  You can make this at home with dishwasher detergent and warm water.  Whatever agent you use, you will want to cover the affected area completely and allow the agent to soak in for at least 20 minutes.  The best time to do this is after taking a hot shower while the walls are wet from the steam.  Ultimately, if you get down to this method, your best tool will be your own scrubbing techniques.  Again, we highly recommend prevention, as it is much easier that removal!

Removing Odors

Odors find their way into so many parts of our homes.  Some common house hold odors are found in the kitchen.  Fishy smells or smells caused from certain types of cooked vegetables can be neutralized by placing a bowl of vinegar on the counter top for a few hours.  Vinegar is also a good tool for cleaning your refrigerator when there are lingering odors.  Another great way to tackle odors in the refrigerator is to place baking soda and sliced lemons or limes on alternating shelves.               

Another good way to prevent or manage odors in your home is to make sure that you are diligent in changing the filters in your air circulation systems.  Air circulation is key to eliminating lingering odors, so opening windows and turning on fans is always a good idea.  Believe it or not sunlight also helps neutralize some odors, so it is always a good idea to let in as much sunlight as possible.               

Another quick and easy way to absorb some smoky or other lingering odors is to fill decorative dishes with activated charcoal or vanilla, but generally speaking, the best way to remove odors is to remove the source of the odor!

Removing Toilet Bowl Rings

The dirty little secret about toilet bowl rings are that they get harder and harder remove with time.  The best trick here is to attack them as soon as you see them with a commercial grade, acid-based, bowl cleaner.  If the cleaning solution alone isn’t enough then you might need to bring out the big guns…nylon-backed scrub sponges or even pumice stones when called for.  Pumice stones must only be used on vitreous china toilets, but may never be used on plastic, enamel coated, or colored toilet fixtures.  In order to prevent the toilet bowl ring from returning.

Removing Stains

There are many effective methods of removing stains from your clothing; however, the best one to know is the art of immediate pre-treating.  Depending on the nature of the stain, you may be able to search the internet for techniques specific to those stains.  Generally speaking, immediate treatment with a standard stain removal product and soaking the soiled garments will work wonders.

Cleaning Wood Floors

If you allow too much dirt to build up on your wood floors it could lead to damaging the surface, so it important to sweep, dust mop, and vacuum routinely.  A great home remedy for cleaning wood floors is the mixture of one cup of apple cider vinegar paired with two gallons of lukewarm water.  It is recommended to clean wood floors in small portions, so the good old fashioned “on your hands and knees” method is a good one embrace.  With wood floors you want to dry the small portions you clean before you move on.  It is advisable to never get your wood floors too wet, or allow them to dry naturally.

Cleaning Windows

There is a well known window cleaning secret that you’ve probably been using for years, but haven’t even thought about.  It is THE SQUEEGEE!  Just like at the service station, it is a great tool for cleaning windows even in your own home. With the help of a window wand and an extension pole, you should also be able to clean higher windows in your home.

While it is perfectly acceptable to use your preferred brand of window cleaner, you may also use a homemade mixture of ammonia, dish detergent, and water.  The ratios should be one capful of ammonia, only five drops of dish detergent, and two gallons of water – deviating from this ratio could cause streaks on your windows.

Cleaning Marble/Granite Floors

Typically marble and granite floors are protected with floor finish. In that case, the finish should be routinely buffed, burnished, or replaced to keep the surface of the floor looking good. By nature marble and granite are very porous making them sensitive to many substances. For this reason, you should use a neutral cleaner and be sure the polish the floor dry. While certain types of granite and marble are a bit stronger, they can still become dull and lack-luster after years of wear and tear. A few things to remember are to never use harsh and abrasive cleaning tools such as steel wool or metal scrapers. While cleaning the floors, be sure to keep the area wet, and if older floors still look dull, a little car way or silicone sealer can go a long way.

Dusting

One of the best ways to dust your home is to minimize the amount of dust coming in and out of it. By utilizing professional grade mats on the inside and outside of every doorway, you will significantly reduce the amount of dust that enters the home; thus, reducing the amount of time it takes you to dust. These mats are typically made of nylon with a rubber backing, or similar materials. They are the sort of mats that you might see entering a restaurant or super-market. It is equally important to vacuum and clean these mats regularly and even use all-purpose cleaner when needed. When using liquid cleaner or a wet/dry vacuum to clean your mats, always be sure to dry them completely, before placing them back on the floor.

Another great dust prevention method is to ensure that all vacuum bags, air filters, etc. are maintained and replaced as often as required. Vacuum bags that are too full will cause the dust you vacuum to spread throughout the air.

Finally, when dusting, it is better to utilize modern technologies rather than old feather dusters, since they do not actually collect dust, but rather just move it around.