Dec 29, 2010

Cracks, Crevices and 9 Creative Cleaning Tips

Excerpts from 99 Tips for Overcoming Conquer and Chaos Brook Noel © 2007 Brook Noel

Cracks and crevices: Use paintbrushes and Q-tips® for hard to reach cracks and crevices.
Sticky situations: To remove gum from a surface, press ice against it to harden and then use a butter knife to loosen.
Invisible ink: Kids get a bit wild on the last craft project? Use hairspray to remove magic marker ink from surface
Murphy’s Law: It isn’t the Murphy’s Law you are thinking of! I’m talking Murphy’s Oil Soap®! Used most often on wood floors and furniture, this is a great choice for all around cleaning. It is a natural cleaner that really goes into the crevices and removes direct versus laying a filmy shine on top of a surface as many other cleaners do. This cleaner has been on the market for 90+ years and I often use it to clean counters, walls, etc.
Rough mornings: Any coffee drinker can relate to that occasional drip or spill too early in the morning. To remove a coffee
stain from cloth/rug dip a cleaning cloth into a beaten egg yolk and then rub the stain. Rinse with clear water – OR - apply a
solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent in a pint of water. Blot with towel. If necessary, set towel down and place firm object such as a book on top of it for 10-20 minutes to lift out stain. If stain remains, blot with a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar.
Shine and sparkle: An old toothbrush and toothpaste work wonders for cleaning jewelry.
Not only for the dishwasher: Dissolve ¼ cup of dishwasher detergent in a gallon of very hot water. Let cool a bit so you can handle. Use on refrigerators, stoves, walls,floors, glass –you can use this solution on just about anything! Test a small area first if in doubt. Wipe with a dry cloth after cleaning.
Leave film in your camera: not on your dishes: Run a cup of white vinegar through a full cycle in an empty dishwasher
to remove excess film.
Spotted sinks: To clean light stains from a sink, rub with a fresh cut lemon; for rust stains and darker stains create a paste from borax and lemon juice and scrub stain.