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Top 10 Household Cleaning Tips: The Tough Problems

Shower door soap scum, greasy dirt on lamps and kitchen cabinets…some things around the house just don't come clean. We talked to professional house cleaners and got them to spill their best-kept cleaning secrets. Use these tips to simplify your housecleaning—and save time and effort.

Speed clean chandeliers

Cut grease with a hot rag

Scum-proof your shower doors

Clean hard floors faster

Switch to microfiber cloths

Blow out the garage

The right stuff for rust

Remove pet hair with duct tape

Remove bathroom soap scum

Spot-clean food and drink spills

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June 22, 3:06 AM [GMT -5]

Thank you for the tips for cleaning home.

February 21, 10:03 PM [GMT -5]

@twinkies
SWIFFER WET JET IS SAFE FOR KIDS AND DOGS....

Some people just seem to believe anything they get in an email...
Swiffer wet is safe for pets and kids.

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/swiffer.asp


December 28, 1:15 AM [GMT -5]

Hey thanks for the tips. We generally don't give much importance to these things. I shall keep this in mind from next time. Thanks for your time.

December 02, 11:11 PM [GMT -5]

I have tried many different products and natural things to clean and shine my stainless steel fridge. I found what works the all time best???? WD-40. It cleans and shines at the same time and stays clean for weeks. Keeps finger marks at bay. Just spray some on a rag and quickly wipe down the fridge. It takes a whole 30 seconds.

November 06, 9:05 AM [GMT -5]

Be careful with Iron Out!! It works awesome at cleaning rust and for washing laundry in our irony well water but it will permanently damage your lungs if you accidentally breathe it in (I learned the hard way with only a moment of exposure when a bottle broke). You won't know for hours after that something is wrong because it doesn't have an unpleasant odor or burning sensation right away..

October 08, 7:18 PM [GMT -5]

Good article on "Top 10 Household Cleaning Tips" but I believe I have a much less expensive tip on cleaning pet hair from furniture.
1: Use rubber latex gloves, dampen slightly, "the slightly thin rougher surface gloves work better then the smoother styles", with a little moisture on them just start rubbing the fabric, the hair comes right off, it works so good you should have a vacum hose along with to suck up the hair balls.
2: Take a clean wash cloth, wet it, wring it out, rub along fabric and the hair comes right off, again, include your vacum hose to suck up the hair.
No wasting duct tape and a 3 to 5.00 paint roller unless of course it's a clean used one. :)
John .

October 07, 10:40 PM [GMT -5]

I do house cleaning professionally and I have a few more tips.

1. When I have a lot of chrome such as faucets and shower fixtures to clean I use turtle wax automotive chrome cleaner. You can get it in the automotive cleaning section of any department store. Using a clean cotton or microfiber cloth rub it into the chrome with a little elbow grease, wait for it to powder, then with another clean cloth wipe it to a beautiful shine. I have had some really dirty fixtures to clean and most look like new when cleaned in this manner. And my customers are amazed!

2. For the latest and popular stainless steel fixtures and appliances I use Scott’s Liquid Gold. Spray it on sparingly and wipe it with a clean microfiber cloth in the direction of the grain and you will get a nice smooth clean look without all of those hard to remove finger prints.

3. Oven cleaning: I always use oven cleaner on every oven even self cleaning. I do a lot of rental units and sometimes it takes two separate applications, the first application to get rid of the heavy grease usually in the ovens in these units and then a second for the final cleanup. I use hot water and a clean sponge to wipe out the grease then paper towels to bring out the shine. You really do not want to waste a nice microfiber cloth on this cleaning. Most of the time the drip pans on the burners also need replacing you can by a whole new set at any appliance store for about $15.00. They usually have a universal type which fits most units.

4. To clean mirrors and most flat glass like clear shower doors I use vinegar and water mixture and a squeegee. They always come out sparkling clean.

August 19, 9:44 PM [GMT -5]

My daughter had a professional cleaning business of many years and using only natural products.

Melaleuca's Tub 'n Tile, when used on soap scum, melts it right off..
Also, using Melaleuca's No Work, when sprayed in a shower will keep soap from being able to adhere to the shower sides

July 20, 11:10 PM [GMT -5]

GREAT TIPS!!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

July 15, 4:34 PM [GMT -5]

Using orange oil will bite you. Clean and dry. If you ever decide to either paint or restrain your cabinets you will thank me they charge more because of the build up left.
I am atalso a professional cleaner. I only do high end. It is my job to be educated about surfaces. I cringe everytime a professional says use vinegar. It also says they aren't a professional or they would never recommend it. Vinegar is a acid. It will etch your floor surfaces, used on tile it will damage it, used on grout it will weaken and damage it. I never use this on anything. I never use ammonia products on glass, time will cause it to start eating away at the mirror it will damage a whole lot of things. Using vinegar on other floors again will damage the surface that is protecting them, in a little time ou will start seeing the damage. It will also void warranties on new floors and tiles. Contact your manufactors most products are evirmentally safe or simplely use water and a micro fiber clothier and dry your floors. Take time investage.

July 15, 4:34 PM [GMT -5]

Using orange oil will bite you. Clean and dry. If you ever decide to either paint or restrain your cabinets you will thank me they charge more because of the build up left.
I am atalso a professional cleaner. I only do high end. It is my job to be educated about surfaces. I cringe everytime a professional says use vinegar. It also says they aren't a professional or they would never recommend it. Vinegar is a acid. It will etch your floor surfaces, used on tile it will damage it, used on grout it will weaken and damage it. I never use this on anything. I never use ammonia products on glass, time will cause it to start eating away at the mirror it will damage a whole lot of things. Using vinegar on other floors again will damage the surface that is protecting them, in a little time ou will start seeing the damage. It will also void warranties on new floors and tiles. Contact your manufactors most products are evirmentally safe or simplely use water and a micro fiber clothier and dry your floors. Take time investage.

July 06, 8:22 PM [GMT -5]

What is best way to clean dark granite daily as to not get the streaks? Also, I heard you should deep clean the granite once a year. How do you do that?

May 02, 4:11 PM [GMT -5]

OK so here's what I have learned from cleaning professionally as well.

Always start from top to bottom cleaning the house, get cobwebs, wipe down walls, dust, sweep, mop, etc...

Microfiber clothes will work wonders! BUT you have to learn how to upkeep them. When washing them do not add fabric softener, and do not dry them. Ring them out and then hang them up to dry. If you follow this you will avoid dreaded microfiber bunching. You can buy microfiber clothes at a dollar store as well and they are just as good as any other store.

Vinegar and Baking soda is your friend. Use them often and learn how to make your own cleaners out of it. You will never buy cleaners again. Learn whats in your cleaners at home. Look at a ingredients list on a bottle and Google what each ingredient/chemical is and does. You'll freak out!

The most important thing you need to know, and most people don't know about is....
SWIFFER USERS!!!!! LOOK HERE!!!

Look on the back of the box of your swiffer pads... Notice how it shows no pets or kids? Well if you go ask your vet why they will tell you that swiffer pads contain a chemical that causes liver damage and kidney stones. If you see your animals licking the floor its because it tastes sweet!!! This will cost a lot in vet bills! And as for children and babies do you want them crawling on that surface that contains chemicals that can hurt their liver and kidneys? This rule applies to both wet and dry swiffers. Be careful what you use and always look at your ingredients even if it says all natural on it.

April 27, 7:50 PM [GMT -5]

The Swiffer Wet Jet is way too expensive to use all over my house, and its solutions damage the stone tiles in my hall and bathroom. But it is excellent for small messes, such as the cat's hairballs etc.

July 06, 11:58 PM [GMT -5]

These are great tips! I have cleaned houses for almost 14 years, and I have another small one. If you don't have time to run the cooktop grates through the dishwasher, soak them in the sink while you clean the rest of the kitchen. Fill the sink with the hottest water you can, adding a dishwasher tab, or other dishwasher detergent to the sink as it fills to dissolve it completely, then add the grates. This get rid of a great deal of the gunk, without a great deal of the scrubbing. A side benefit is that it cleans the sink for you, a well!

May 13, 9:13 PM [GMT -5]

Best way to clean mirrors is vinegar and water in a sprayer with a good quality squeegee. I do house cleaning as one of my handyman services. It also work good on glass shower doors if they are newer and have no built up soap scum.

March 18, 9:55 AM [GMT -5]

I love learning new ways to tiddy up. Do you have any suggestions for cleaning composite decking, like Trex?

March 13, 10:40 PM [GMT -5]

magic erasers work really well on dry erase bulletin boards

March 08, 4:00 AM [GMT -5]

VERY HELPFUL TIPS.
DO NOT LIKE PUTTY KNIFE ON TILE - DANGER OF SCRATCHING - USE CLR OR LIMEWAY

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