Cleaning Rust Streaks in Toilet Bowl


Often times. regular toilet bowl cleaners or bleach can not entirely remove the rust streaks that drip down the sides of a toilet bowl.  The best solution to remove the discoloration is with CLR product.  This agent is potent.  You should wear gloves or avoid CLR from touching your skin.

However it is easy to use and does not take long to work in your toilet bowl.  Simply squirt CLR directly into bowl, angling it up to the top of the rim.  Let it sit in bowl for 5 minutes.  Then take a hand held brush that you can reach to the awkward angle of the toilet bowl rim and scrub around the rim slowly making it around and down the sides of the inside of the toilet bowl.

This cleaning method should only need to be done 2-4 times a year.  As routine toilet cleaning should keep the streaks at bay.

Clean Windows Wells Is Necessary for the Health of Your Home’s Foundation

Your window wells are an important part of your house’s foundation.  If not covered, window wells quickly accumulate moisture, leaves, weeds, etc.  When debris builds up in them, it minimizes light going through the window and overtime it can affect the foundation.


If window wells have been unattended for awhile, the first cleaning may take a little bit of time.  The following steps will get your window wells in proper condition to then just have maintenance cleaning the remainder of the year.

First remove all debris from the well.  With gloves on your hands, you’ll need to step down into the well.  Beside the well have a bucket or large lawn bag.  Clean out all the matter lying in the well, leaving the small gravel layered on the bottom.

Second, assuming the well is draining properly, take a hose and rinse down all the small particles.  Using your hand to turn over the gravel to rinse thoroughly.

Once the well is cleaned out, wash the window on the outside and in.

Finally using the measurements of the window well, lay a properly fitting cover.  This will then prevent the well from getting too much water and debris.  And you will only need to clean the window well 1-2 a year.

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


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.