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Nice and Easy  By Mary Findley copyright @ 2004

"It's the little things in life that count!" Have you ever been bitten by a chigger? For such a tiny, nearly invisible bug, the bite of a chigger will itch relentlessly for days leaving no doubt that the littlest things in life pack a powerful punch. Cleaning is no different. The small chores are always the orneriest ones to solve. Let's take a look at a few solutions to some of the more troubling problems.  

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Grease Bunnies: When it comes to cleaning those dangling menaces on the carpeted ceiling just above your stove there is an easier solution other than removing your glasses and ignoring them. Grab a lint roller made for clothing and roll the ceiling. The grease bunnies stick to the roller without smearing into the ceiling. A piece of doubled over duck tape works in a pinch.

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Speaking of ceilings: When a roof leaks, brown stains often make an unwelcome appearance on your ceiling. Mix a thin paste of baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide then gently dab a bit onto the ceiling. It's not necessary to plaster the area, a small amount works fine. Wait 30 minutes and spray with straight peroxide. Wait several hours until the carpet has dried then brush off what you can and vacuum to remove the rest. You may need to repeat this treatment a week later if any stain still remains. If the stain is small, spray the peroxide directly onto the stain. Wait 30 minutes and spray once again.

 

Tool tricks: On your next trip to the hardware store pick up a 1 and a half inch paint brush and a sponge paint brush. The regular paint brush reaches into the small areas between the slats of ceiling vents to dust and remove cobwebs. It pulls out the sand and grit that collects so quickly in the corners of windows. As you dust, tuck it into your back pocket to whisk away cobwebs from door hinges, across the tops of window valances and in the corners of windows.  

Dampen the sponge paint brush in sudsy water to clean the slats of ceiling vents. Be sure to clean the blades of your fans regularly. Any buildup on the blades causes the motor to work harder, which wears them out faster.

 

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Blind tricks: Mini blinds over kitchen sinks are the worst offenders. The blind can't be removed so reaching it means hovering precariously over and around faucets. Place an old, but clean, tube sock over one hand and spray it with an all purpose cleaner. Turn the slats downward. Begin at the top and clean each slat separately. For heavier oil on the blinds, grab a can of foaming tub and tile cleaner. Place a bath towel on the window sill to catch drips. Turn the slats down. Begin at the bottom and spray toward the top. When the grease begins dripping down, sponge clean each slat separately and dry immediately to prevent water spots.

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Mary's Favorite hints and recipes: Window cleaner: In a new two liter spray bottle add one-third cup of white vinegar and one-fourth cup of rubbing alcohol. Fill with distilled water. Distilled water gives the most consistent results since water qualities vary from town to town.

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All purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle nearly full with water adding one good squirt of Ivory liquid dish soap. Some brands tend to streak a surface. If you can purchase Ivory it works the best. This recipe is safe to use on Corian countertops, brass plated bathroom fixtures and is a good degreaser for many food stains. 

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Toilet bowl cleaner: For this cleaner I measure the way grandmother used to measure. She poured some in and if she felt like it was the right amount then it was the right amount. First of all fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Pour a bit, about a third of a cup, of the vinegar into the toilet and sprinkle in just a bit of baking soda so it fizzles. Spray the edges of the toilet with vinegar. Sprinkle some baking soda on your toilet bowl brush to thoroughly clean the toilet.

 

After cleaning the toilet, apply a small amount of your RV wax to the inside bowl, which makes that surface slick. I'll let your imagination guide you to the benefits of this trick!

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Drain opener: Prevention is the key factor to keep your drains from clogging. Once a month before you retire for the night, pour an enzyme based holding tank product down each drain including sink drains. The enzymes work overnight to keep your drains clear. This is so helpful in kitchen drains where food bacteria often stick to the sides of the pipes and often emit some distasteful odors. Note: Make sure your enzyme product does not contain bluing agents. If a bluing agent spills onto Corian countertops it could stain.

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Mary Findley is a veteran cleaning expert and President of the Mary Moppins. Over the past several years, Mary has given multiple seminars teaching Rvers how to properly care for their RV. Her website www.goclean.com - offers a wealth of cleaning tips. Mary also created a line of cleaning products designed to keep you off the ladders while you clean.

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