Helpful Hints for Around the Home

CleaningWhen I first got married I would have loved to know all these hints. Unfortunately, I had to learn most of these the hard way, trial and error, until someone showed me the easier way. These hints would have saved me a lot of hard work, which is why I want to share them. Hopefully, you won’t have your water boiling over or end up scrubbing pans for days on end. And while this list isn’t extensive, these are a few things that I’ve learned during my cleaning experience. And I have had a lot of cleaning experience. I was employed as a housekeeper for about 7 months. And I had a wide variety of clients and cleaned many different houses. Without further ado here are my hints:

  1. Put a wooden spoon over your boiling water to keep it from boiling over.
  2. Spray sticky substances with Windex, leave it alone for a few seconds, then wipe-off! Viola! Works well with sweet tea and pop (s0da for those Easterns reading this), making clean-up easy!
  3. Immediately after eating a bowl of oatmeal, fill bowl with water. This keeps the last few oats from sticking to the bowl and makes it easier to clean. This also works well with other dirty pots and pans.
  4. Magic erasers (by Mr. Clean) save you lots of time and heartache when cleaning the tub and shower. They get rid of black marks and soap scum easily.
  5. Fill a microwavable bowl half full of water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Place in microwave and run microwave for about five minutes. Take out and wipe down microwave with a wet sponge. No more scrubbing the microwave!
  6. Old tooth brushes can be recycled to clean the bathroom. All that scum that clings around your faucet will come off now. Also, a tooth brush can be used to hard to get spaces on the toliet, etc. The possibilities are endless and you get extra wear out of your toothbrushes.
  7. Use bread knife to get fused on substances off of a stovetop. Be careful to not rub too hard. This works wonders and makes scrubbing a little easier. Just don’t do this with burnt on sugar (see hint 2 for help).
  8. Having trouble cleaning your mini George Foreman grills? After using, unplug and place wet paper towels inside. Let stand for a few minutes then wipe the grill clean!
  9. Bar Keepers Friend works wonders for cleaning dirty sinks. Simply sprinkle a little throughout the sink, then take a wet sponge or cloth and wipe. I suggest using a toothbrush to get the in tight spots. I also recommend using gloves with this product.
  10. Mopping! Okay, so mops work well in most rooms, but if you live in an old home that tends to get dusty, I recommend getting on the floor and doing it yourself. Yeah I know it takes a little longer, but the results are worth it. And you won’t have to mop quite as much.
  11. Organization is the key to keeping things clean. The problem is, it’s easy to organize, but then we get lazy. Don’t get lazy because you’ll end up having to organize all over again. There is a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Don’t just think you’ll clean it up later, do it now! Then later you can relax!

One Response

  1. Fisty says:

    Love your hints for housekeeping but very glad that I no longer do much of that. I do keep our bathroom clean and with well water it is hard to get the stains off. But elbow grease and gloves and I can do it – maybe not as often as I should. :)

    Love to you Rachel and much, much happiness for you both (along with the cat/dog population in your home). I still think of your wedding with a smile on my face.

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