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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Cleaning tips for those annoying jobs ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 7/25/12 11:37 AM

We have a fiberglass shower. Once a week I will scrub it down while I'm in it with a nylon scrubbie and cheap shampoo (remember it's for oils), then rinse down. Then a deeper Oxy cleaner whenever I'm inspired. Takes cares of that morning stretch too!

Haven't bought a lite kitchen tile scrubber with tank yet (I hear a lot of leaks or small capacity) so I just spray a cleaner or vinegar in front of the large Libman mop with washable pads.

Hate doing blinds, did you notice how the sewing room static loves to hold that dust? Now it's almost the last month of summer and I still have to finish 5-6 summer things. So much for "spring" cleaning.

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Date: 7/28/12 6:55 AM

This is a very good topic gramma b.

My MIL told me this one... for those small quick cleans on the kitchen floor ... Windex & paper towel. I tried it & it works! I think I am going to use a designated Swifter for this purpose as the bending over is hard for me with paper towels.

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Date: 7/28/12 9:20 AM

There are many recipes to fake Brand products online.
Just one for Windex:
1/8 C ammonia (buy all in large bottles at Dollar stores)
1/4 C rubbing alcohol
few drops laundry detergent
Fill Windex-type bottle with water
Cost: 27 cents vs. $3.69!

Others use 1/2 vinegar 1/2 water with a few drops of
Dawn for streaky things. I am using fake Febreeze
recipes for the dog.
However, I am still looking for recipes
for Fake Cleaning Inspiration....

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Date: 7/28/12 10:00 AM

"Fake Cleaning Inspiration" is easy. Tell yourself company is coming by! Preferably company you'd rather not have....

I was really lucky once. Just finished a good cleaning & the floors were sprakling. (With 2 boys that was a bit rare!) 15 min. later someone dropped by!

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Date: 7/28/12 10:06 AM

Fake cleaning inspiration....

Invite a group over for dinner. And, you must have them over before the sun sets as some of the dust bunnies can hide in artificial light. Seriously, the house looks clean and then when everyone arrives I notice little bits of dust clinging to the sides of the cabinets prettily catching the low angled rays of the setting sun.

Also works for some items on the honey-do list.

I keep a spray bottle of vinegar in each bathroom and in the kitchen ready for cleanups.

***upside down edit
Thank you for the vinegar/listerine tip. Chlorine bleach fumes set off a shingles trigger for me. Nice to have something new to add to the cleaning arsenal.

My mopping system. All-Terrain Broom & Squeegee & Bar Mops
Click on the broom picture for the alternate view that shows the rubber bristles.

Dampen a handful of barmops, lightly spray with windex. Change the barmops as they become soiled, no rinsing, no wringing. Toss them in the wash machine. Periodically I put the the dampened barmops in the microwave, 3 or 4 at a time for steam cleaning. The barmops can be tossed on the floor and spread out with the 'broom'. Align the 'broom' on the barmop and start scrubbing. Or, kind of fold the barmop in half over the broom. You control the moisture and the chemicals. The rubber bristles conform to the surface (like tile and grout).

Same system for 'dusting' floors. I start the hallway by doing a quick swipe along the baseboards at either side without scrubbing to pick up the majority of that stuff. And, go in and behind each of the bedroom doors on that run.

And, the walls, same system, light pressure for spring cleaning.

When vacuuming, I presweep under the furniture with a dedicated duster similar to this. The one I have has a bendable end.
Electrostatic Duster

Roomba. It won't replace the 'suck the guts out of the floor' deep vacuum cleaning of carpet. It does pick up the very finest of particles and goes places where the vacuum and I can't. Rather than letting it dance all over, I isolate the den, the kitchen and the breakfast room in the cleaning process. I presweep for the Roomba, too, from under furniture and between narrow spaces.

Roomba is much more effective than sweeping. Regular use reduces the dust in our home.
Mopping - I tried rubber banding and, then, clipping the bar mops on a sponge mop. The rubber broom is more effective, more efficient and easier on the body.

Dedicated quality paintbrushes. One for lamp shapes and one for furniture nooks and crannies.

Splurged on feather dusters, one large for light fixtures, one small.

Purchased a pile of diapers for general cleaning.

-- Edited on 7/28/12 11:26 AM --

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Date: 7/28/12 10:28 AM

Great topic! I'll be following with interest!

I do the mop with the vinegar too--except I use half Listerine (0riginal amber) and half white vinegar. The thymol in Listerine is a bacteriocidal and fungicidal agent.

We also use the vinegar/Listerine mix sprayed on the stall walls and floor after showering to cut soap scum and get rid of athletes feet fungus. (This mix is also great when sprayed on the feet after showering to get rid of foot and nail fungal infections).

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Date: 7/28/12 10:37 AM

Wow-never heard of Listerine! Do generics have the same ingredients?
No added water in that mix?

As for honey-do, it's the honey, grandkids with little fingers, and the dog
nose who make work for me. Hate cleaning those French doors!

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Date: 7/28/12 12:25 PM

I think so--I use Walmart brand. Even 'real' Listerine has water added.

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Date: 7/28/12 2:22 PM

I admit to being "Flyladied" into shape years ago. I do follow a lot of what I learned back then. If you are highly disorganized I do recommend that for clutter problems.
I love using more natural products. "Pink Solution" is a great big vat of stuff that I mix up for dusting and general cleaning.
I also love Sal Suds by Dr. Bronner. I put a little bit of it in my Reveal Mop by Rubbermaid, (other similar mops will work just as well) and am amazed at the shine on my hardwood floors. Make sure you use hot water and the floors will dry quickly. It doesn't leave the floors very wet.
I love a bath, so when I'm finished, I have a bunch of shampoo, bodywash or whatever I don't like and use it on the used facecloth and clean out the tub whilst I am in it.
Keeping on top of things is my major tip.
Helen

PS. Forgot, love reusable micro fibre cloths for most general cleaning. I use cotton weave cloths (like those used in surgery to keep instruments etc) for window cleaning. Do not ever use fabric softener for these items in the laundry. I don't use much paper towel. I try using as much reusable stuff as possible. I do buy flannel at the thrift store and either serge or hem for my dusters. I do use a feather duster sometimes when I'm in a hurry, but most times I use a damp rag with my Pink Solution. I do add a bit of essential oils if I am in the mood. Otherwise I have become accustomed to just the smell of clean without these heavy perfumes.

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Date: 7/28/12 5:45 PM

7 Year,
your cleaning routine has tired me out for 7 years!

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