Cleaning tips

The Daily Herald recently interviewed All Purpose Cleaners for an article about Spring cleaning!
Click here to view!


Check out our Pinterest Board for all things cleaning related! So many great tips and ideas, we love Pinterest!


Best way to tackle cleaning

Allergies

Kids

Kitchen

Bathroom


Best Way to Tackle Cleaning

  • Always start at the top of the room and work your way down.
  • Always clean top to bottom. When you dust, start at the top and work down.
  • Take all your cleaning tools with you into each room to avoid unnecessary trips back and forth.
  • Unplug the phone and the turn off the T.V.
  • Eliminate clutter. An uncluttered home looks better than one that is dust-free but strewn with odds and ends.
  • Clean as you go! It takes a lot less time to remove new dirt than old, and to clean and put away stuff as you use it, than to clean and store the pile-up you can accumulate.
  • Keep a basket in the kitchen for the mail, newspaper, car keys to help with clutter.
  • Keep a hamper in every bathroom.
  • Make everyone in charge of making his or her own bed and picking up their stuff.
  • Always pickup the T.V. room before bedtime and start the dishwasher.

 

If You've Got Allergies

  • Air condition your home.
  • Keep bathrooms free of mold and mildew.
  • Avoid pets or restrict them to certain areas.
  • Damp mop hard surfaces regularly.
  • Enclose your fireplace.
  • Fluff drapes and rugs in dryer to remove dust.
  • Use your exhaust fans.
  • Vacuum mattresses.
  • Don't allow smoking in your home.
  • Replace furnace filters frequently.
  • Vacuum everything once a week.
  • Invest in an ozone-free air cleaner.

 

Kids

Helping Kids Stay Uncluttered

  • Put away half of your kids' toys and switch them around every few months. They'll have plenty to play with and their room will stay cleaner.
  • Label boxes, baskets, milk crates, plastic tubs - anything they might store toys in - to teach them how to sort toys and keep them off the floor. Let the kids decorate the containers they use so they will be personal and fun.
  • Set a short period of time each day or each week that kids have to straighten up their room. Make a game out of it with a timer and give rewards to all kids for jobs well done. It will become a good habit and they'll have fun.
  • Get the kids to go through their toys periodically and pick out some things that they don't play with anymore. Pack them up and take them somewhere where there are kids who don't have enough toys.
  • Puts kids' stuffed animals inside a pillow case, tie a knot in it and wash them in the washing machine.

Kitchen

Helpful Hints

  • If your dishwasher drains through your garbage disposal, switch it on when the hot soapy water is running through is so it gets a good cleaning.
  • Use a pencil eraser on black heel marks.
  • Run a cup of white vinegar through the entire dishwashing cycle in an empty dishwasher to remove all soap film and food debris.

Glassware

  • Use the bartender's method for speedy stemware washing. Holding the base, pump the glass vigorously in very hot sudsy water, then quickly put it in hot clear water (cooler water may shatter it) Dry upside down on a cotton towel.
  • For extra-shiny, streakless glasses, add a little vinegar or borax to the final rinse water.
  • If glasses have hard-water stains, rub them with a scouring pad dipped in vinegar.
  • Never use hot water, harsh soaps, ammonia or washing soda on silver or gold-rimmed glasses.

Refrigerator Odors

  • A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminate odors.
  • After cleaning the refrigerator add a dash of lemon extract to the rinse water for a fresh scent.

Stuck on Food

For stuck on food on a casserole dish, try adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda and boiling water to cover the stuck on food. Let sit for a while. The dish will be much easier to clean.

 

Bath

Helpful Hints

  • Always keep an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge in the guest bath so you can sneak away and clean up when unexpected company shows up.
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower so everyone can wipe it down when they are done (this will help prevent mildew).
  • Disinfectant can be used on everything in the bath except the mirror.
  • Don't forget doorknobs and switchplates.

Freshen

To freshen drain, pour 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda down the drain, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover drain tightly for a few minutes and flush with cold water. To avoid clogging and odors, pour one cup baking soda down the toilet bowl weekly.

Cleaning Shower Curtains

  • Before hanging shower curtains, soak in salt water solutions to prevent mildew.
  • To remove mildew, wash in hot soapy water, rub with lemon juice and let the shower curtain dry in the sun.
  • For plastic curtains, clean with laundry pre-wash spray. Spray along the top, letting it run down to cover the curtain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

 


Top of Page