Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning Tips

I'm always looking for household tips and tricks to make housekeeping easier.  Here are a few tips I found on the GoodHousekeeping website a couple of days ago.  I certainly plan to try them out.

In the Bathroom
To clean bathtub rings, use cheap shampoo and a long-handle scrub brush.  Do not use on marble or granite.

Put your plastic shower curtains and liners in the washing machine and add a bath towel or two for scrubbing action.  Add your regular amount of detergent and wash on the delicate cycle.  Dry for a few minutes in the dryer or rehang to dry.

In the Laundry Room
To clean your dirty dryer, unplug it.  Pull out the filter and remove any lint with a fabric softener sheet or brush.  Hold the filter under a faucet; if water beads up or doesn't flow through, there is a build up of fabric softer.  Clean with soap and water and a scrub brush, and allow to dry before putting back in.  Use the crevice tool on your vacuum, a bottle brush, or a ruler with a cleaning rag to remove debris down in the lint trap.  Last, check the exhaust hose to be sure it's not clogged or deteriorating.  Use a damp cloth to wipe off all surfaces.

To remove gum or crayon in a dryer, put several old towels in the dryer and let it run on Warm for a few minutes to soften the gunk.  Then, mix a tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent with just enough water to make a thick paste and apply to a clean cloth.  Use the cloth to scrub off the gum; go over the entire inside of the dryer.  Before drying your next load of clean clothes, run one cycle with several damp rages, just to be certain all of the gum or crayon is gone.

There are oh so many more, but that's enough for one day.

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