It’s Time To Enjoy That Screened in Porch!

With spring finally here and summer right around the corner its time for you and your family to enjoy the screened in porch! One key to having a screened in porch that everyone will envy is a clean screen.  And now is the perfect time to get them clean.

  1.  Take a long handle flume or dry mop head and dust off all the cobwebs up higher, in the upper corners, and along the edging of the ceiling line.  
  2. Take a dry rag and knock off cobwebs and loose dust all along the perimeter and corners.
  3. Then prepare a solution of 4 tbsp. liquid dish soap (dawn preferred), a quarter cup of ammonia, 3 tbsp. of borax and 5 gallons of water. Fill another bucket with plain warm water.
  4. With the cleaning solution and a rag wipe down the framing and the screens.
  5. Then with a clean rag and the plain warm water go back over the framing and screens.  

Tip: use a lint free rag (such as an old t-shirt) to avoid getting lint stuck in the screen

The Many Cleaning Uses of Fresh Lemons

The following are two simple ways to clean with lemon that are easy and effective.

  1.  Cleaning the cutting board.
    If you think the nasty red stains on a cutting board are permanent, you are wrong.  First sprinkle board with kosher salt or baking soda.  Let that sit for 5 minutes.  Then with a halved lemon, firmly run the lemon across the whole board.  Rinse with warm water.
  2. Cleaning your microwave of splattered food.
    Those same tomatoes that stain the cutting board can splatter in the micorwave.  Along with any other liquid or food.  Take a large microwave safe bowl that can hold 3-4 cups of water.  But you only need 1-2 cups of water.  Cut up 1 – 2 lemons into quarter pieces and place in the bowl.  Add 2-3 tablespoons of distilled vinegar.  Then microwave on High for several minutes, until you see water boiling and/or steam on the microwave door.   Take a damp sponge and wipe the microwave walls.

Yet Another Effective Use for Bar Keepers Friend-Shower Doors

Glass shower doors quickly build up hard water and soap scum.  Unless you squeegee the door after each shower, it is difficult to remove all the build-up.

I put two products to the test to see which is easier And/or more effective.  I tried Magic Eraser damp with a little Dawn on half the shower.  On the other half I used Bar Keepers Friend, powdered version and a sponge with a scour safe pad on it.

As much as I believe Dawn is the most versatile cleaning product, in this circumstance Bar Keepers Friend was by far the easier AND most effective cleaner to eliminate soap scum And hard water from my shower door.

I would bet the liquid form of BKF would be even easier to use.

 

 

 

Safely Cleaning Smudges and Marks Off Your Walls

 

Dawn just may be the most versatile cleaning product you have in your home.  I put 2 drops into a spray bottle.  Yes, Only 2 drops to do the work.  Fill the bottle with water and shake it up.  I use this spray bottle with Dawn every day for a variety of things.  (Other blog postings will demonstrate other uses).

 

Around the high traffic area, walls often get finger smudges, scuffs, pen marks and more.  You want to wash it off without removing the paint.  The safest solution that won’t remove or lighten the color of the paint is the spray bottle with Dawn and a clean rag.  You can spray directly on the wall or onto the rag.  Then wipe the clean rag over the dirty wall.

Remove Black Scorches from Pots & Pans

Whether you have a dutch oven, stainless steel or copper, at some point your pots and pans will get scorched on the inside and/or outside.  It takes more than elbow grease to remove it.

Use Bar Keepers Friend on these tough spots of your pan and it will eliminate the black from the pots and pans.

  1.  Clean the pot or pan as best you can as you typically do.
  2.   Shake Bar Keepers Friend and specific areas needed until well covered.
  3.   Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  4.   Use a damp non-abrasive scour pad, scrub the areas needed on the pot or pan.
  5.   Rinse and repeat if necessary.

Eliminate Hard Water Rings in Toilets

Living in Cincinnati has many great things to brag about, but it’s hard water is not one of them.  It can wreak havoc on so many things in your household. No matter how often you clean your toilets, over time you will build a hard water ring around the water edge. Simple solution that takes […]

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Being Organized for Thanksgiving

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It’s not too early to start planning for Thanksgiving.  Whether you’re hosting a large crowd or a small gathering, it’s more enjoyable for all if preparations are made ahead of time.  Create a guest list, how do you want to decorate the table and dining room, what will the menu be and who will bring which dishes to share, and when do you carve out the time to clean your home.

Add Life to Dishwasher with a Few Simple Steps

6 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Dishwasher

Most people don’t think about cleaning their dishwashers. After all, the appliance is used to clean your dishes on a daily basis. It is easy to assume that your dishwasher will get cleaned at the same time as it is washing your dishes, but the reality is that food debris and other deposits can build up over many uses. That buildup can result in a poor performing dishwasher

Read on for some easy-to-follow tips that will keep your dishwasher looking and performing at its best.

  1. Wash Regularly

One of the best ways to ensure that your dishwasher is free from excess buildup is by running it regularly. Using your dishwasher frequently will keep debris from settling in the bottom of the appliance.

  1. Inspect and Clean the Spinning Arms

Dishwashers work by spraying water out of their spinning arms onto the dishes inside. When those arms aren’t spinning properly or the holes in them are full of buildup, your dishes won’t be getting thoroughly cleaned. When dishwasher is empty, check to make sure that the arms spin correctly and clean out any debris that has accumulated inside the holes with a small piece of wire, a toothpick, or small pliers.

  1. Clean the Edges and Exterior

Many times offending smells that you may find coming from your dishwasher may actually be coming from outside areas around the appliance. The edges around the door do not get washed during a regular cycle and can end up with spills, pieces of food debris and mildew.

A bit of regular household cleaner and a damp cloth should be enough to wipe this up.

Other areas that can benefit from a wipe down:   Under the door, on the inside,  flatware basket, the gasket, the detergent dispenser.

  1. Clear the Area Near the Drain

At the very bottom of your dishwasher is the drain and this area can be a common place where food debris, buildup, and other matter can end up.

Leaving these obstacles near the drain can result in a clog and a dishwasher that isn’t doing its job properly.

With it empty, you can start cleaning this area by collecting the biggest pieces by hand, but you may have to disassemble the drain to get to some of the smaller pieces.

You can do that by following these steps:

Unplug the dishwasher.

Take out the screws and remove the cover.

Protect the opening to keep debris out.

Clean out larger pieces by hand.

Clean out smaller deposits with a brush or cloth.

Reassemble in the reverse order.

  1. Use an Acid to Remove Buildup

Getting rid of the water deposits and buildup in your dishwasher is an important step because it can result in dishes that are sparkly and not dingy after a cycle. Use White vinegar and run the dishwasher through a short cycle to get rid of excess scale:

  1. Get Rid of Mildew

One last cycle using a  little bleach in the dishwasher can be helpful if you are dealing with a mold or mildew problem. Unless you have a stainless steel door or interior, bleach can be the finishing touch for a spotless dishwasher that will provide you with completely sanitized dishes every time you run the appliance.