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Wacky Wednesday — Lemons


It only takes one exploding mess in the microwave, and it was intended to be wiped  clean but it didn’t happen. Now there is a cake like  cement  substance on the inside. Rather then use chemicals to clean it you can use lemons or lemon rinds.

Add cut up lemons or rinds in a microwave safe bowl, filled half way with water. Microwave it for about 3 to 5 minutes allowing it to steam and condensate. Carefully remove the microwave bowl and wipe the inside clean with a towel.


Fact Friday — Closets


Starting the new year off de-cluttering and organizing the closet should be a good practice. 

A cluttered closet is one of the biggest causes of house fires.

Statistics shows that one in every eight house fires starts in a closet, when belongings are stored too close to a light bulb.

A single 40 watt bulb can generate enough heat to catch boxes and clothes on fire.


Wacky Wednesday — Olive Oil


Having Stainless Steel appliances mean getting finger prints and smudge marks on them.

If you put a couple drops of olive oil on a rag and rub it on the appliances that it will remove the finger prints and smudges marks.


Wacky Wednesday — Vinegar


That vinegar can be used for  Mold and Mildew in the bathroom.  Mold and Mildew sometimes forms on the grout between tiles. To remove this:  mix half vinegar and  half hot  water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the area, let sit for a few and wipe off with a cloth. No rinsing is necessary. Repeat if needed.


Wacky Wednesday — Baking Soda


Baking Soda can be used as a fabric softener?

Add 1/2 cup of  baking soda to the water in your washing machine and let it dissolve before adding your clothes. Baking soda makes your clothing super soft.


Wacky Wednesday — Kosher Salt


If you don’t have a scrubbing product in your cabinets.  Kosher salt, mixed with water  can be used. If you need a tougher abrasive  sprinkle on Kosher salt, and scrub with a sponge or cloth.


Wacky Wednesday-Eraser

Did you know that you can use an ordinary new pencil eraser or a larger eraser for lead to remove rust stains on sinks and bath tubs!!

Fact Friday- Bon Ami

The household cleaner Bon Ami, French for “Good Friend” came out in a bar form in 1896.
On the label is a yellow chick. The company mascot, a chick emerging from an egg, (the newly hatched chick hasn’t scratched the ground for worms and insects. Thus, the slogan is: “Hasn’t Scratched Yet!”
The packaging for Bon Ami is one of the most eco-friendly in the stores. Made completely of recycled paper and bottles, that can be recycled again.

Wacky Wednesday-Coca Cola

Did you know you can use Coke Cola to get stains out of a toilet! It also can to use to remove rust stains.

Should I Dust or Vacuum first?

This is a topic with much debate.  I think it would depend on a few factors.
  1. The condition of the house: Is it extremely dusty before you start?
  2. Do you have the right equipment?
  3. Does the house have a lot of traffic, children and pets?

What are some of the things that omit dust?

Did you know that pulling a tissue out of its box, it omits particles?

Did you know, that just sitting down on a cloth piece of furniture it omits dust into the air?

Did you know, that just walking across your carpet it omits dust into the air?

So, do you dust or vacuum first?

Dusting first?  If  you are using a terry cloth or old washcloth dry. Any dust falling from your cloth will land on the floor.
But, what if you use a dampened cloth, or a microfiber cloth and maybe even a natural furniture polish?
This won’t happen.
Do you vacuum first?
If you have an old vacuum cleaner or even a new one with just a bag. Chances are you are blowing the dust back into the room or not getting up a lot of the dust or dirt from the floor, if it doesn’t have a sealed system HEPA-FILTER. Having a vacuum cleaner with a sealed system HEPA-FILTER, you are removing 99.9 % of the dust from the air.

Using the right tools makes a huge difference.

I think it’s really your preference.

Happy Cleaning!

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