summer time once again. Although summer is fun, you cannot deny the fact that
dust and dirt comes along with the humid air. So to have a really nice and clean
home, here are some tips to have a clean and ‘grin’ summer:
dust papered walls, tie a dust cloth over your broom and work from the top
remove pencil marks and other non-greasy spots from non-washable papers, use
an art gum eraser or a slice of fresh rye bread.
remove greasy spots, crayon marks and food stains, apply a paste of cleaning
fluid and fuller’s earth, cornstarch or whiting. Let dry and brush off.
Repeat the treatment until the spot is gone.
off fingerprints with a damp cloth, then sprinkle the moist area with
fuller’s earth. Let it dry and then brush it off.
prevent splash marks when you’re washing baseboards or other woodwork,
mask wallpaper with a wide ruler, venetian blind-slat or a piece of rigid
you save scraps of wallpaper for patching, tack them to a wall in the attic
or closet. When you use them for repairs, they won’t look so brand new.
the fabric is non-washable, gently scratch off the stain (which is made up
of mineral deposits) with your fingernail. Still there? Hold the spot over a
steaming teakettle until well dampened. As it dries, rub the stain, working
from its outer edges toward the center.
hard-water stains from glasses and bottles by rubbing them with steel wool
dipped in vinegar.
hard-water stains on bathroom fixtures with a paste of baking soda and
vinegar. Then drape with a terry cloth towel and let stand for about an
hour. Wipe off, rinse and dry.
dust from wicker by vacuuming with the dust-brush attachment. To remove
grime, wash with a solution of 2 tablespoons ammonia per gallon of water.
Use a paintbrush or a toothbrush to get at hard-to-reach places. Rinse well.
Air-dry in the shade.
Cleaning mini blinds:
your hands in a pair of socks for cleaning the mini blinds. Dip one hand
into a bucket of warm, soapy water and hold the blinds between your two
hands. Rub back and forth until you’ve cleaned the whole surface. Then
reverse sides so the dry sock dries the blinds. Wipe mini blinds with damp
fabric softener sheets to eliminate static that collects dust. The same
tricks works for your TV. Screen.
the blind down and take it outside. Lay it on an old blanket preferably on a
slanted area of the yard. Let the blind out all the way and make sure all
the louvers are flat. Mix up a bucket of all-purpose cleaner or ammonia
solution. Scrub with a soft brush then turn it over to do the backside. By
now the blanket is wet and is helping to clean the blind and protecting it.
Hang the blind on a clothesline and hose it off. Gentle shaking will help it
begin to drip dry.
closets can be a jumbled mess, especially when you have children making
their own beds. Organize bed linens in sets. Fold flat sheet in half twice
lengthwise, then fold fitted sheet the same way and lay it on top of the
flat folded sheet. Add one or two pillowcases folded long ways and roll them
all together into a neat roll. Whoever is making the bed can grab only a
roll instead of rummaging around and making a mess.
diluted with 3 parts water in an empty spray bottle can be used to clean
windows, appliances and countertops. Full strength it can remove wax
build-up from the kitchen floor.
excellent way to scour copper and brass is ½ cup vinegar mixed with 1
strength pine oil is great for deodorizing garbage cans, and scrubbing the
kitchen and bathroom floor.
soda can be used instead of scouring powder and also removes stains and
odors from refrigerators and coffeepots.
sprinkle of dry baking soda before vacuuming will freshen the carpeting. Try
it as a deodorizer for diaper pails and kitty litter.
to them quickly with a solution of a dish detergent and water.