Vinegar can become one of your best allies when cleaning any kitchen device and the dishwasher is one of the most benefited by it.
In a previous article we discussed about cleaning the dishwasher —our main conclusions being that yes, it is a thing that we have to do, and no, the dishwashers does not really wash itself.
Make sure to have 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of baking soda and warm, soapy water.
First Step: The Filter
We’re heading directly to the dirtiest parts: the filter and filter tray. Unscrew the filter and filter tray from the bottom of your dishwasher. Take a bowl of warm, soapy water and submerge the items in it. It’s absolutely not recommended to scrub the filter with a sponge. Let the items submerged for about ten minutes, rinse, and replace to their original place.
Second Step: The Vinegar
Measure 1 cup of white vinegar, and pour it over the bottom of the dishwasher. Then, run the heavy cleaning cycle on your dishwasher (it has to be empty).
Third Step: Baking Soda for the Odors
Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher, and allow it to sit for 6 hours. Then, run an empty cycle.
As Christmas is only a few days away, we know that nobody wants to spend their holidays washing dishes. That’s why we offer the following extra tips in order to have a clean and optimal dishwasher that does the job for you:
Before starting the cycle, turn on the faucet and run until the water is hot.
Clean the dishwasher filter periodically —with vinegar, as explained before.
Clean the dishwasher seals, which are the rubber gasket in the door and the soap door. Make sure to give them a once-over with a damp towel to keep the grime down.
Scrape off food bits and crumbs before loading up.
The dishwasher has to be full, not overcrowd. It’s better to wash a few pieces by hand than it is to rerun an entire load because things were too tightly packed.
Use the correct cycle depending of the state of your dishes, i.e. when the dishes are harder to clean, use the heavy cycle.
There’s no need to invest a large amount of time cleaning your dishwasher and maintaining it in ideal conditions. Every solution is very simple, remember that your goal is that all the dishes are grime-free and have a fresh smell. Have you found other practices for keeping your dishwasher running well?
Even when your dishwasher is designed for cleaning purposes, it does not clean itself from all the grease, soap scum and food particles.
Just like your other kitchen tools, your dishwasher needs maintenance and cleaning. Every time you load the door with dirty dishes, you left it with fingerprints and residues. All of this affects not only the appearance, but, when time passes, the residues give off and odor that is the result of bacteria. Bacteria tend to prosper in warm, moist, and dark places. As we believe you don’t want this, here’s an easy-to-follow guide to maintain a clean dishwasher—a guide that you’ll have to follow just once a month.
Let’s start with the door
To clean fingerprints, wipe the outside of your dishwasher’s door with warm water. You can also use a homemade cleaning solution: mix 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart of water.
Open the dishwasher door; clean its top and sides. Whit the same cloth you’re using (dipped in soapy water or your special solution), scrub around the door. Remember the importance of digging into the grooves of the rubber seal and any other crevices, including the hinges. When you deem everything is clean enough, wipe away any cleaning solution left behind with a clean, wet sponge. Then wipe it dry with a soft cloth.
Time to get the tub clean
The first step is kind of… well, gross, but it’s also necessary: take a handful of paper towels to grab all the debris from the dishwasher’s base. The drain tends to cumulate a great amount of debris. Remove it.
Now it’s the perfect time to run a full cycle. The dishwasher has to be completely empty except for a dishwasher-safe cup of plain white vinegar on the top rack.
Remember to choose the hottest water possible, this has a disinfecting purpose. When the cycle ends, wipe out the inside of the dishwasher with paper towels or a clean, dry cloth.
If you have run out of vinegar, a good alternative is to put a packet of unsweetened lemonade mix in the soap cup or sprinkle a cupful of baking soda on the bottom of the tub.
Now that you’ve cleaned all the essential part, take out the racks and utensil holders. Your objective is to take out any stuck-on food particles and any present debris. You can use a brush to remove clogs.
Deeper Cleaning: Rust Stains
Rust stains are an awful thing to have in your kitchen utensils. This kind of stains can appear depending upon your water source and your pipes’ state.
To remove them, you can use commercial product. The process is very easy: place the commercial product into the soap dispenser cup and sprinkle some freely on the bottom. Then, run the empty dishwasher through a complete cleaning cycle. As in one of the previous process, wipe out the inside of the dishwasher with paper towels or a clean, dry cloth.
Now that you know these tips for cleaning your dishwasher, you might have thought of your personal process to clean that utensil. Please, share it with us!
The bathtub: a place for relaxing, reflect over life and leave behind every day’s stress. Also, it’s a place that can get dirty by soap scum, mildew, and grime, not to mention stubborn stains.
A dirty bathtub always leads to think that the entire bathroom is being neglected. Don’t let this happen to you! To maintain an always-clean bathtub is a very easy feat.
What do you think is better? To clean a bathtub overloaded with grime or just doing a simple, every day cleaning after bathing? Of course: the simple option. Every time you finish taking a bath, rinse the tub with clean, warm water and wipe off moisture with a sponge.
For a more dedicating cleaning, consider the material of your bathtub.
If it’s porcelain, always remember that the abrasive powders are going to damage it. So, sprinkle nonabrasive powder on a damp sponge and apply it every part of the bathtub. Rinse well. Remember to remove the hair cumulated in the drain’s traps to prevent clogging.
If your bathtub is made from fiberglass, clean it with a commercial fiberglass-cleaning product or nonabrasive liquid cleanser. The process is the same as above.
This type of cleaning is needed when you have grime stuck to your bathtub surface or an awful yellow coloration where everything should be white.
There are at least 7 key ingredients you can use to clean your bathtub (and yes, we’re including a popular beverage):
Baking Soda: The amazing baking soda helping us again. For dirt and grease removal, apply a paste of 2 parts baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide (this can be bought in pharmacies). Let the paste set for 30 minutes. Scrub with enthusiasm and rinse well.
Coke: Yes, use Coke a Cola as a bathtub cleaner. This is perfect for water stains. Pour the cola directly on the area and wipe with a rag. You can also unclog hair and debris in your pipes when you pour it down them.
Cream of Tartar: Mix cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide in a small, shallow cup or dish. Remember that you’re creating a paste, so drip slowly the hydrogen peroxide on the cream. Apply to any stain your bathtub has and let it dry. Remove the paste with a cloth and rinse it.
Oven Cleaner: This is for the hardcore stains and only for white bathtubs. Spray the stains with oven cleaner and let it sit for two hours. Rinse thoroughly.
Salt: This is a dedicated solution for the yellow spots. Mix up a solution of salt and turpentine in equal parts. Remember to use rubber gloves. Use the mix over the discoloration and then rinse.
Shampoo: Well, yes, the closest cleaning ingredient for your bathtub. This is especially useful over soap scum, just apply it over the scum and scrub it with a cloth. Rinse it clean!
Vinegar: The best friend of the baking soda. This is the best way to shine back your porcelain bathtub. Use with vinegar in a cloth and scrub your bathtub then rinse with cold water. If there are stains that are really hard to remove, pour in 3 cups white vinegar under running hot tap water. Fill the tub up over the stains and allow it to soak. Four hours should be enough. Drain the water and scrub off the stains.
These ingredients are easy to find and very effective. Do you know any other ingredient useful for maintaining a clean bathtub? Let us know!
Have you ever considered how much money do you spend in cleaning products? It tends to be a high amount if you buy a different cleanser for every furniture or tool: the windows, the curtains, the kitchen, the sink, the refrigerator, the floors… the list can be very long—as the store receipt.
What if there is a more natural and cheaper solution for the household cleaning tasks?
In our recent posts, you might have noted that vinegar is a great helper for the mentioned purpose. However, there’s another easy-to-use, very soluble and effective component: the amazing baking soda.
Why is it amazing?
It is non-toxic, multi-purpose and it’s definitely cheap. The cost of baking soda (especially when you purchase a large measure of it) is far less than that of any other specialized cleaning agent.
Baking soda is also known as bicarbonate of soda and it’s created from sodium carbonate. You can use it for the following cleaning purposes:
To eliminate odors
A box or small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer, or any cupboard will keep away unpleasant odors.
Baking soda will keep away garbage odors: sprinkle the bottom of the pail, and then sprinkle again after you put a new bag in.
To remove stale smells from food containers, rinse out with hot water and baking soda. If the smell persists, let the container soak overnight in the baking soda and water mixture.
To remove scents from a carpet, sprinkle with baking soda. Let stand for at least fifteen minutes and then vacuum. Repeat as needed.
If there is a smoker in the house, put baking soda in the bottom of each ashtray to keep away some of the stale smoke smell.
Baking soda in the letterbox will help prevent odors.
To quickly clean pets and remove “wet dog” odor, sprinkle with baking soda and brush out their fur.
To clean surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water.
If they are stubborn stains, use a baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda, one part water). Apply, let stand, then scrub or wipe clean.
To clean silver, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
To remove scuff marks or grease spills from the floor, sprinkle with baking soda and then wipe with a warm, damp cloth. This is even safe for no-wax floors!
Children’s toys can be cleaned using 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water. Submerge in this mixture (or wipe with a cloth dampened in it), then rinse with clear water.
To do amazing things
Grease fires can be put out by sprinkling them with baking soda.
For burnt-on food in the bottom of pots, sprinkle with baking soda, then add hot water. Let soak overnight; the dried on food will come loose much more easily.
In the bathroom, if you want to avoid clogged drains, pour 1/4 cup baking soda down weekly. Rinse through with hot water.
Replace half of each measure of laundry detergent with baking soda to keep clothing fresh.
Pretreat diapers in their pail with baking soda. This will keep odors from becoming overpowering between washings.
Baking soda increases the effectiveness of chlorine bleach. Add 1 / 2 cup to your laundry, along with the usual amount of bleach.
The children’s pool can be cleaned and have mildew removed by washing with baking soda in warm water.
Before packing away your camping gear after a trip, sprinkle with baking soda.
Try it out and then let us know what results you obtained. We’re sure you will never stop using the amazing baking soda!
Sometimes we forget to clean the most useful kitchen utensils. This is (usually) the coffee maker destiny. If your morning coffee starts to taste bitter, or if you find strange bits of an unknown origin inside of it (coffee sediments), it’s time to clean it!
To do this attains multiple benefits: your coffee will taste fresher, hard water spots from the carafe will be removed and stains will be a forgotten story. It will also remove mineral buildup and clean out the coffee oils that get left behind and turn rancid.
What You Need?
White vinegar (enough to fill up half your carafe)
Hot soapy water
Damp dish towel
Dry dish towel
How to do it?
Empty and rinse the carafe and dump out any coffee grounds left in the filter—actually, you must do this regularly for a better maintenance.
Fill the water chamber to its full capacity with equal parts white vinegar and water. You can use the carafe to measure equal parts of each.
Start a brew cycle. Midway through the brew cycle, turn off the coffee maker and let it sit for an hour.
After an hour, turn on the coffee maker and let the brew cycle finish.
After the brew cycle has completed, pour out the vinegar-water solution and fill the water chamber with fresh water (no vinegar). Run a whole new brew cycle just with the water. Repeat two more times, allowing your coffee maker to cool slightly between brews.
Wipe down the exterior of your coffee maker, and wash the carafe and filter basket in hot, soapy water.
Reassemble and brew a great cup of coffee!
Ehow’s writer, Donna Porter, offers some tips for a better maintenance of your coffee maker:
Put a glass marble in the water chamber to attract mineral deposits from hard water. Wash it once a week.
Instead of a pitcher, you can use the sprayer from your sink to fill the coffee maker without spilling!
Does your pot have hard to reach areas? Use a wooden chopstick with a paper towel to get in there.
Use baby bottle brush inside for stubborn stains.
You can put ice cubes and a little water in pot and swirl them around, for harder stains put some table salt in pot and swirl it around for a few minutes and then rinse.
Heat a tooth brush by the bristles enough that you can bend it to a 90° angle. This makes a perfect brush for cleaning the filter basket.
Never use the coffee pot to pour water into the reservoir. This will transfer oils and impurities from the pot, and eventually give the coffee a nasty taste. Instead, use a pitcher that is reserved for water only.
For tough stains, scrub the pot using a paper towel or clean (not soapy) dish towel. Rinse thoroughly.
Never wash the coffee pot with soap. This will bind with the oils deposited by the coffee and will leave a taste behind. Do not wash in the dishwasher for the same reason.
If people havent used a house cleaning service before, it is quite common for you to have a few questions. It is very important and often essential that you ask these key questions before hiring cleaners. The first step is to think about what special considerations or concerns that you may have. In this article, we will help you think through what questions you should be asking before you opt to have your house cleaned.
What about Fido?
One of the most commonly asked questions regarding the
cleaning of a home involves pets. Pets are viewed as beloved members of the family, and most pet caregivers are pretty concerned about keeping their little, furry friends as safe and sound as possible. This concern takes many forms, and at the top of the list is safety. A common pet related house cleaning question involves whether or not a company is
pet friend. In other words, do they use cleaning products that are pet safe and take pets into consideration when they clean? Many cleaning
companies dont give much thought to this issue.
Ask questions such as Is your company okay working around pets? Or do I have to take my pets out of the home when you are cleaning? Some house cleaning companies are fine with customers leaving their pets at home, while others are not as the employees worry about their safety. It is important to understand a companys policies towards pets before moving forward, as you can be sure that pet policies do differ from one company to the
next. The bottom line is that some companies are not pet friendly and will not clean your home with any kind of pet present, so ask before hiring!
Considerations of Security Systems
Security systems are another area where people have many questions. Some services dont want to deal with security systems and others dont mind. Companies such as ours find that all we need to work with your security system is that you show our team how to disarm it properly. Obviously, the team needs to know how to enter and disarm the system in order to perform any work. When it comes to your security system, the key is to ask and arrange a plan ahead of time.
Pets and security systems are two key areas that people tend to have questions when hiring a cleaning service, but, of course, many other questions can also arise. Be open and honest with your house cleaning service and most will be willing to work with you on these types of issues. Dont let your houses cleanliness suffer as a result of not asking!