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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Soap Scum Remover and Prevention

Soap scum builds up over time. On shower walls, around the inside of the bathtub and the shower curtain. If left to sit too long it can be hard to remove.

Soap scum is made up of many sources; minerals, dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria, and body oils. Now - is this something you want to bathe in?

If you have soap scum in the shower and you need to clean it, here is are some easy recipes you can make in no time at all.

Baking Soda, Water, Vinegar

  • 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon water

Mix together the above ingredients and put in a spray bottle and clean away.

Using Borax

Using the 20 Mule Team power of Borax won't be new to some of you. A scrub with borax and water will clean and scour the soap scum right off. Rinse with hot water when you've finished.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The magic eraser will dissolve and remove a light coating of soap scum and miscellaneous grim from shower walls and glass shower doors. Just wet with water and start scrubbing.

Soap Scum Prevention

Here are just a few things you can do to prevent soap scum from happening as often as it can.

  • Use a liquid soap instead of bar soap.
  • Use a squeegee to wipe down the walls and doors when you're done showering.
  • Put a little Epsom salt in the bath water to keep soap scum from forming.
  • Clean regularly!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cleaning Outdoor Patio Furniture

It’s getting to be that time where Summer turns to Fall and then on to the colder weather of Winter. This means it’s time to think about cleaning the patio furniture for Winter storage.

Pick a nice warm, sunny day to clean and work on getting those last bits of sun.

Furniture Cleaner Recipe

This is super easy and you most likely have all these items in the house already.

• In a bucket add 1 tablespoon mild liquid dish soap.
• Fill with warm water.

Don’t overdo the dish soap or you may end up with a soapy residue on your furniture that will require more rinsing to remove it.

If the furniture has a little mold or mildew:

• Add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the water.

Cleaning the Umbrella

It's much easier to clean the umbrella when it's in place. You may need a ladder or step stool. If getting up on ladders is not particularly your cup of tea, take the open umbrella, lay it on the lawn. Turn the umbrella as you clean.

If you do use the stool or ladder, clean the umbrella first so you don't get the table dirty after you've already cleaned it.

Spray both the top and the underside of the umbrella with the garden hose. Use the recipe above to clean. Scrub the umbrella with a brush. If you have a long handled brush for washing cars, this works nicely.

Rinsing Aluminum, Plastic, and Wood Outdoor Furniture

Remove the cushions so you can give all sides of the furniture a good spraying.
Put the nozzle on the end of the hose and set it to a setting that is not full force but has enough force and is wide enough to remove the dust, any lodged leaves, spider webs, etc.

Spray the tops and undersides of the patio furniture.

Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub off stuck-on mud, bird poop and any mold or mildew that may be present.

Cleaning Aluminum, Plastic, and Wood Outdoor Furniture

1. Now that you have rinsed the furniture and removed any dirt and debris, use the recipe above and wash the furniture.

2. If you're cleaning aluminum and plastic furniture, use a big sponge for cleaning.

3. If you’re cleaning wood furniture, use a soft-bristled brush for cleaning, rather than a sponge.

4. If there is mold and mildew, follow the steps in the recipe above.

5. Dip the sponge or brush in the bucket and start wiping down the furniture. Make sure you get the underside of chairs and under the tabletop. You might have to apply a little pressure to remove dirt and grime that didn't come off with the hose.

6. Rinse again with the hose and wipe off any excess water and set out to dry.

Cleaning Wicker Furniture

Wicker is one of those pieces of furniture you want to keep cleaned regularly. Regular cleaning with the furniture attachment on your vacuum cleaner will help keep dust, dirt, and other debris from settling too deep into the tight crevices between the weaves. After vacuuming go over with a slightly damp, lint free cloth.

If there is any debris that didn’t come off using the above information, a little heavier cleaning should do the trick.

Get a toothbrush and using the furniture cleaning recipe, dip the toothbrush in the water and carefully clean in between the cracks and crevices to remove dirt and/or mold and mildew. Rinse again using a damp cloth, and wipe dry.

Don’t soak wicker as it could soften the material and cause warping.

Drying Furniture

After cleaning and wiping down the furniture, set it in the sun and allow to air dry naturally.

Cleaning Cushions

If any of the cushions have cloth covers, wash them according to the directions on the label. If they're vinyl, follow the steps below.

1. Mix equal parts water and vinegar.

2. Put the cleaning solution in a spray bottle.

3. Spray the cushions and scrub with a soft bristled brush.

4. Rinse with the garden hose and set in the sun to dry.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pet Urine and Odors

Is your pet urinating in the house? Maybe it’s due to house training, maybe your pet is not feeling well, maybe the litter box is dirty and the cat refusing to use it?

Whatever the reasons are, pet urine odors do not need to be difficult to clean. Below are a few cleaning tips:

Don’t Use Ammonia

The first thing you need to be aware of; pet urine contains ammonia (among other things). So if you have been told to try ammonia – don’t. You will be inviting your pet to come back again and again.

Remove Urine Stains from Carpet

Work fast and soak up what you can with an absorbent paper towel or a clean rag. Put your weight into it or stand on it so you get up as much as possible. Change absorbents as necessary.

Now use an equal mix of vinegar and warm water. Pour a little over the stained area; try not to over saturate. Once again, get out your absorbent materials and soak up the liquid. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, it will dissipate shortly.

Next get some baking soda and sprinkle over the area you just cleaned to help with the odor issue. Gently work it into the carpet. Use a clean towel to cover the area until it dries, then vacuum.

Engineered Wood Floors

These have a pre-finished surface that makes cleaning a little easier than the real wood floors. You still want to work fast, liquids will bead on the surface for a short time, but you want to get to liquids before it gets down in between the planking.

Once the liquid has been absorbed deodorize with a mix, 1 capful vinegar to 20 ounce water, in a spray bottle. Lightly spray the area with the mixture and dry with a soft cloth.

Urine on Marble Floors

Among other components, urine contains uric acid and uric salts. Uric acid is potent and can etch the marble and dull it. The texture of the marble will go from smooth to rough where your pet peed and can possibly cause a yellowish stain. You may not even notice anything until the light hits the floor in a certain way and then you notice the stain and/or dullness.

If your pet pees on a marble floor, get to it immediately. Do not clean your marble floors with vinegar, it will etch it. Use a pH neutral cleaner specifically made for floors of this type. You can also put a drop or two of dish soap in a large mixing bowl with warm water. Use a sponge to clean the area and rinse with plain water to remove any remaining soapy residue.

Whichever type of flooring you have, the trick is to act quickly and do a thorough cleaning. Don’t let pet urine sit on any type of floor. 

Still, sometimes you don’t realize an accident has occurred until you begin to smell its remains. Either way, try these simple tips for handling pet urine odors.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cleaning Your Motorhome at the End of the Season

As I prepare for the last camping trip of the summer, I am excited, yet sad, knowing that this will be the last adventure for the season.

Thinking of the final voyage, I also know that after we return it will be time to prepare for storing “old reliable”. There is plenty of work involved in making sure that she is well taken care of and will be clean and ready for next season.

First, you will want to mix up a batch of this homemade all-purpose cleaner, then follow the checklist below and you’ll have your motorhome clean, fresh and ready to store.

All Purpose Disinfectant and Deodorizer:

In a spray bottle mix the following ingredients:

* 1 cup white distilled vinegar
* 1 cup of warm water

NOTE: You can use this on most surfaces but NOT on granite or natural stone. It is also a great grease remover.

Motorhome Cleaning Checklist:

Wipe down with a damp cloth the cabinets and counters by using the 50/50 solution of water and vinegar.

* Carpet
* Cushions and upholstery
* Corners and ceiling for cobwebs
* Cabinets removing any crumbs or debris
* Vents
* Window tracts

Tip: Use can use a vacuum scent that will deodorize and add a nice scent to any room as you vacuum.

Use the all-purpose cleaner recipe above to clean and disinfect linoleum floors.

* Wood trim and cabinets
* Dashboard

Disinfect and deodorize toilet and wipe down enclosures using the water and vinegar cleaning solution in a spray bottle.

Clean windows using the same 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Wipe with a lint free cloth to avoid streaks.

Clean window tracks with a soft bristled tooth brush, then vacuum to remove debris.

* Fridge: Use the 50/50 vinegar and water mixture to clean the inside of the fridge.
* Stove: Use vinegar/water mixture to wipe down outside of appliance. Follow manufacturer’s directions for cleaning.
* Microwave: To easily remove gunk from the sides of the microwave, place a half a lemon in a bowl of water and turn the microwave on for 1 to 2 minutes allowing the steam to penetrate any encrusted foods.

To keep out rodents:
Using fabric softener dryer sheets works well for repelling rodents and also to keep your motor home smelling fresh. Place them throughout in places such as cabinets, bathroom under driver’s and passenger’s seats. Try to have at least one in every “room”.

For canopy cleaning and other outside motorhome cleaning, take a look at this article:

Cleaning Camper Canopy

This is a cleaning list only and does not include winterization. You should also check with the owner’s manual before using any cleaning products.

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