If your vacuum cleaner hose attachment will not fit under your refrigerator to clean the condenser coils, try using a rubber band to hold an old sock or rag to the end of a yardstick. Slide the stick under the refrigerator to clean or brush off the condenser coils.
Use warm water to clean the plastic and glass portions of your refrigerator. Hot water may cause them to break.
Kill mildew and prevent it from returning by wiping down the walls and shelves with vinegar.
Range cleaning tips....
To clean a "not so messy" oven, place a small bowl of ammonia on the top shelf and a bowl of boiling water on the bottom shelf of an cold oven. Leave them there overnight, then wipe clean in the morning.
Baking soda is a safe, gentle abrasive. Pour onto a sponge and wipe.
Clean the stovetop with white vinegar. Grease and grime disappear leaving it streak-free and shiny.
Dishwasher cleaning tips....
Can use a damp cloth and baking soda to clean the inside
Running a short cycle with Crystal Tang in the dishwasher can help freshen and clean up the inside.
For some filmy residue on the inside, fill a bowl with one cup of bleach and place on the lower rack. Run a short cycle wash, but do not use the dry cycle.
Pots/pans and dishes cleaning tips....
Burnt pans can be easy to clean, coat the bottom with baking soda and add water to cover. Let stand for at least 3 hours, then gently scrape out the burnt food with a plastic spatula.
To remove calcium and hard water filming, soak glasses in distilled water and vinegar overnight.
Tea and coffee stains can be easily removed with a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach to one cup of warm water. let soak for an hour or two.
Laundry cleaning tip....
Antiperspirant - Blot the spot with a paper towel dampened with a solution of baking soda and vinegar. Wash as usual in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.
Baby formula - If the stains don't come out with normal washing, ( don't dryer dry yet ), squeeze lemon juice on the spot and let it sit in the sun until it has dried. Then launder as usual.
Blood - Get to the bloodstains immediately. Rinse well in cold water, then try one of the following...
Sprinkle stain with unflavored meat tenderizer
Blot on hydrogen peroxide with a damp cloth, allow to bubble, then wipe with a fresh cloth. Repeat if necessary.
For dried bloodstains, soak overnight in cold water and two cups of salt. Wash as usual.
Cosmetics & Fabric softener - A bar of white soap should be all you need. Wet the stain and rub the soap into it. Use a pre-wash formula if the stain persists and rewash.
Grass - Mix 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3's cup water. Apply to the stain and blot. Or pre-soak in hydrogen peroxide and launder as usual.
Grease - Use a powder, such as talcum or cornstarch, to soak up any excess grease. When powder gets thick, scrape away and repeat. Place garment face down on paper towels and then apply a dry cleaning solvent or liquid detergent. Then dampen the area with water and then rub with a bar of white soap. Wash as usual.
Ring on the collar - Brush shampoo for oily hair into the collar using a stiff brush, launder as usual.
Vomit - First is too scrape up as much as you can. Flush the spot in cold water to dilute the acid. Soak the item in warm water and 1 teaspoon of detergent. Rinse with cool water until the stain disappears. Wash as usual.
You can machine wash your delicates by placing them in a mesh laundry bag and use the gentle cycle on your washer.
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