- When you dust, start at the top and work down.
- Take all your cleaning tools, avoid unnecessary trips back and forth.
- Clean as you go! It takes a lot less time to remove new dirt than old.
- Make a checklist of chores to get organized first.
- Wash walls from the bottom up, to avoid streaking.
- Use old socks as mitts for cleaning difficult wood work.
- Wash small knickknacks instead of dusting.
- To remove heel marks, take a pencil eraser and rub them off.
- Don’t mix cleaning products. Ammonia and bleach are toxic.
- Remember common cleaners such as Windex and comet meet this don’t do rule.
- Allowing cleaners to set for several minutes will ease the cleaning job.
- Wall cleaner, mix 1/2 c. ammonia, 1/4 c. white vinegar, and 1/4 c. baking soda to 1 gal. warm water.
- For cleaning textured walls use nylon socks instead of a sponge or cloth to avoid leaving material chunks behind.
- To dust wall paper, tie a dust cloth over your broom and work from the top to down.
- To remove pencil marks and other non-greasy spots from non-washable papers, use an art-gum eraser.
- To remove greasy spots or crayon, apply a paste of cleaning fluid and fuller’s earth and cornstarch. Let the wall dry and brush off residue. Repeat the treatment until the spot is gone.
- Use a water hose to spray the outside of your house. This will remove siding cobwebs and dirt.
- Textured siding? Attach a car-washing brush to the hose to remove dirt.
- Make your own spray cleaner. Fill the spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and the remainder with water.
- Dust blinds by wrapping a cloth around a ruler. Spray cloth with a dusting spray and run the flat end across each blind.
- Shine windows using an old newspaper.
- Clean windows on an average temperature, preferably overcast day to avoid streaks.
- Dry windows outside in the direction then inside in the other direction. If you see a streak, you will know which side is the offender.
- To clean window sills, pour diluted rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub the entire surface. Then dust off the sill with a clean cloth.
- Rubbing alcohol can remove the dull haze from mirrors.
- Use rubbing alcohol to remove spots from bathroom fixtures.
- Glass shower doors will sparkle if cleaned with white vinegar.
- To clean the shower, use a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup baking soda added to one gallon of warm water.
- Lemon furniture oil will remove water spots on metal frames.
- Rusty tile marks can be removed with kerosene.
- Running the shower on hot for 5 minutes will steam the dirt loose.
- Grout need cleaning? Wash with 2 tablespoons chlorine bleach in one quart of water. Dry thoroughly, then apply several coats of lemon oil. Let dry one hour between coats.
- Dull walls will shine when washed with vinegar and water and polished with a dry cloth .
- Lighter fluid will remove most stains from porcelain sinks and bathtubs.