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Handy Household TipsHandy Household Tips by Annette J Dunlea

Handy Household Tips by Annette J Dunlea

Published In The Carrigdhoun Newspaper30th June 2012 p.11

        Keep a file with all your receipts for household appliances, bills paid or due and all household purchases documents.Keep manuals and store favourite recipes here too.Housecleaning is done to make the home look better and be safer and easier to live in. Without housecleaning limescale can build up on taps, mold grows in wet areas, bacterial action make the garbage disposal and toilet smell and cobwebs accumulate.In order to have a nice clean house or life, you must always organize and prevent certain things from happening.Take off your shoes so the carpets stay clean. Use a vinyl wipe clean table cloth when eating so you have an easy clean up. Keep all cleaning supplies in a safe place from kids. Replace crayons with non-toxic, washable markers. Do not buy any fizzy drinks with artificial colorizers.The first line of defense against dirty living conditions is: have a regular cleaning routine. What does that mean? Dusting blinds, window sills, and hard surfaces, as well as sweeping, mopping, and, especially vacuuming with a high-filtration machine on a regular basis can remove a high percentage of dust and dirt.Using cleaning products that remove or kill harmful germs and sanitize areas like bathrooms, countertops, tables, hard surfaces where food is prepared or eaten can minimize the health dangers caused from dirty surfaces and germs.Clean room by room but hoover the whole house and then mop it out, finally dust the house room by room.
        Begin cleaning by assembling your cleaning kit: cloths, furniture spray, window cleaner, bleach and antibacterial spray.Clean up extra mess in the room and empty the bin and ashtrays, wipe down the table.Dust the furniture, light fittings and ornaments.Clean light switches, door jambs and window sills.Clean floor and furniture, refresh flowers and light a scented candle to create a nice atmosphere.Have a daily routine and follow it. Clear out and wipe down the kitchen sink. Wipe down countertops and cooker.Wipe problem spots on the floor.Fold or hang dish towels.With the kitchen cleaned move onto the bathroom.Wipe out the sink.Clean splatters off the mirror.Wipe the toilet seat and rim. Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush.Wipe down glass doors to remove water droplets that can cause spotting.Spray the shower and curtain liner with a shower mist.Next tackle the bedroom.Make your bed,fold or hang clothes and put away jewelry, tidy bedside locker.Then move onto the living room.Tidy the sofa,pick up crumbs with a handheld vacuum,wipe tables and spot-clean cabinets where you see fingerprints,straighten coffee table books and magazines and clear major clutter: toys, pc games etc. 
            Cleaning is the most time consuming job in house keeping. Worse of all, some stains are hard to clean out. It is a good idea to clean your kitchen sink drain once per month using this simple method. Pour a handful of baking soda into the drain and then add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. These ingredients will combine and form a small erupting volcano. Cover the drain for several minutes. Uncover and then rinse with cold water after 1/2 hour.Listen to music as you clean the house it will make the time go faster.Get into the habit of making your bed before you leave for the day.Keep food out of your bed and reception rooms,eat in the kitchen or dining room.Always put things back where they belong.Give the house a through clean once a week.Buy a basket for each bedroom and every time a family member uses clothes put them in their basket. Put your rubbish in a rubbish bin, everyone. Remember, lighting can make a room look even cleaner.Every night before I go to bed I do a walk through I fix the cushions n the couch.I put laundry in the washing machine, any rubbish gets binned and all ware goes into the dishwasher.Anything out of place is returned to its place.Its makes a great difference to wake up to a clean and organised house.
        Repair scratches on surface of wood furniture: simply fill in with appropriate shade of colored pencil.If you have boils or blisters from cleaning soak for hour in tub with a cup of oatmeal it will draw out the infection and leave skin soft and soothed.Grime on glass baking dishes then soak in soapy water, then use the edge of a metal spoon to scrape away.When silk flowers are dull or dusty wash with washing up liquid and water or spray with hairspray. They will stay shiny and when they get dusty again, simply blow off with hair dryer.Dog chewing on couch cushions, pour a bit of lemon juice on corners. Dogs do not like citrus.Ants or other bugs around kitchen sink/bathroom: Put mixture of dish soap and water into empty spray bottle and keep handy. When you see the insects, spray with the mixture. The soap actually breaks down their exo-skeletons and they die almost immediately. Many people swear by a crumpled ball of newspaper for use with your window cleaner.Wash the dish washer brush in the dish washing machine.Do not mix cleaners! Doing this can create very dangerous chemicals. Use them one at a time and follow the safety warnings on the label.
        A grungy bathroom is not only unpleasant to look at but it's also a breeding ground for germs, mold and mildew.Use the bathroom fan, it can help remove the moisture that causes mold and mildew. Vacuum the vents regularly to remove any dust that might inhibit the fan's effectiveness.Keep pop-up disinfectant wipes next to the sink. Train family members to wipe down the sink and its surroundings every time they turn the tap water off.Hang a squeegee in the shower. Use it to quick-clean the walls and glass doors before stepping out of the shower.Use bathroom antibacterial wipes, use for one item and bin. These are handy for cleaning around toilet rims, tanks, faucets, sinks and basins. Check the label for disposal instructions : flushable wipes disperse in water and they're safe for plumbing and septic tanks.Bar soaps are great if they find their way back to the soap dish. Pump dispensers may be neater!Keep a bleach pen on hand,it's a great tool for spot-cleaning mold and mildew.Get a hand-held vacuum,when you think of vacuuming.A small, hand-held vacuum makes quick pickups a breeze.Rinse the bath after each use. Doing this after each use helps keep soap film and hard-water deposits from forming.Keep shower doors and curtains open after use,this allows them to air-dry and helps prevent mildew.Use a daily shower cleaner.Regular use will help keep shower and baths surfaces free of soap scum, mildew stains and hard-water deposits. Mist surfaces right after showering while the walls are wet and warm , no rinsing, wiping or scrubbing is necessary.Keep a set of cleaning supplies in the bathroom. Cleaning is easier if you don't have to travel far to get what you need.
            Start decluttering by getting rid of the things that are needlessly filling up your home. Recycle it, store it, sell it or donate it.Before you start cleaning, make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand.Decide whether you’ll go room by room or task by task: dusting, hoovering, mopping, ware, laundry etc and then prioritize your tasks.It's not necessary to do everything yourself. Enlist family members, pair up with a friend, or call in a professional.Read and follow all instructions on all products prior to use.

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