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
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.
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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