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Cleaning Glass Windows

  • Prepare the area around the windows for cleaning: The most important precaution here is to wipe down the window frame and sill with a cloth or paper towel to remove any dust. This keeps the dust from getting turned up when you’re using the vinegar and dirtying your work. If there are small objects around the window, consider moving them to keep them from getting wet with vinegar.
  • Fill a small spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water: For small windows, applying the vinegar with a spray bottle is an effective method. Combine roughly equal parts distilled vinegar and water into the spray bottle; there is no need to measure precisely because proportion is not crucial.
  • Spray the window’s surface with the vinegar and water mixture: Use the spray bottle to mist the entire window with the mixture. If cleaning more than 1 window, only apply the vinegar to the first window.
  • Rub the window’s entire surface with a cloth to work the vinegar in: The best tool for this is a lint-free towel, but paper towels also work well. Concentrate especially on spots that have visible stains or grime. Work quickly to help avoid streaks from appearing.
  • Dry the window’s entire surface: This is best done with a microfiber cloth, and should be done after most of the moisture has been collected by the lint-free towel. Dry the window vigorously and quickly, as this will prevent streaking.

Cleaning Kitchen

  • Wipe off the burners: Whether you have a gas or electric stove top, you’ll have to give your burners a clean now and then. Gas burners can be removed and washed by hand with warm water and soap. If you are one of the lucky people who have gas burners that can go into the dishwasher, throw them in there after you scrub off any excess food. For electric burners, use a damp sponge to wipe off debris.
  • Wipe down the stove surface: Use a sponge and soap, or invest in some Clorox wipes to really break down those stains. In general, if grease of any kind spills on your stovetop, clean it up right away as it gets much more challenging to remove as it hardens.
  • Remove the control knobs and wash them: Wash them in the sink using warm water and mild dish soap. Avoid using a soap that has any abrasives or ammonia in it, as these components will wash away the markings on the knobs.
  • Wipe down the outside of the vent hood: Use a soapy cloth to clean the outside of the vent hood. Wash away the suds with a damp cloth and then wipe dry with a dry cloth. Once a month, remove the vent filters and soak them in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub to clean, and then let them dry thoroughly before putting them back.
  • Give your oven a good cleaning: You should deep-clean your oven every few months or as soon as it starts to produce a lot of smoke while you are cooking something. An effective oven cleaning mixture is made up of ¼ cup salt, ¾ cup baking soda, and ¼ cup water. Cover any bare metal or clog openings with foil so that they do not get damaged by the mixture.
  • Spread the mixture all over the inside of the oven and let it sit there overnight: Use a plastic spatula to wipe the mixture off. Wipe the oven clean with a rag. Replace the racks when they are dry.
  • Remove all of the contents of the fridge: Sort through each item to make sure that it has not yet expired. Throw out any items that have gone bad. If possible, do this before going grocery shopping so that the old expired stuff can be thrown out, thus making space for new groceries.
  • Make a mixture of two tablespoons baking soda and one quart water: Dip a sponge in the solution and then wipe down all of the surfaces of the fridge, making sure to really scrub out any sticky stains.
  • Wipe the solution away with a damp cloth: Dip a clean rag in water and use it to wash away any residue left behind by the baking soda solution. Use a clean towel to dry each surface.
  • Clean out your cabinets: Whether they contain food, kitchen supplies, or your secret stash of candy, you should clean your cabinets out every once in a while. Throw away expired items and wipe the bottom and sides of the cabinets down with a wet, soapy rag to remove dust, crumbs, etc.
  • Clean the front of your cabinets: While this may seem like an odd thing to do, grime and grease can build up on the fronts of cabinets simply because of all the cooking you do in your kitchen. Wipe them down with a wet rag and dry them thoroughly so as to avoid any color distortion.
  • Wipe down your counters with cleaning supplies: In general, you should do this every night after you are done cooking. Use a sponge and soapy water to wash your counters down. Wipe them dry with a clean rag or paper towels.
  • Wipe the basin and the fixtures of the sink down: To avoid any mold growth or water stains, wash your sink’s basin with warm water and some dish soap on a sponge. Make sure to rinse along the edge of the basin as well. Clean the fixtures to remove any water stains.
  • Clean around the faucet: To clean the hard to reach crannies of the faucet, use a toothbrush dipped in a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Buff out any water spots left behind with a dry cloth.
  • Sweep/Vacuum your floor: Before you deep clean your floor, its best to gather up any little bits of dust, crumbs, garbage, etc. that might be on your floor. Use a broom and dustpan or a vacuum to rid your floor of any little specks of stuff.
  • Mop your floor when necessary: This is particularly important to do when there has been a spill with sticky results. Use a mop and bucket of soapy water to give your floor a really good clean.
  • Take out the trash: Last of all, take out the trash. The reason you should do this last is because while you are cleaning you will undoubtedly find things you will want to throw away. Wash out your trash can with soap and water. Take the trash out and replace the bag with a new one.

Cleaning bathroom

  • Remove all the items that don’t belong in your bathroom: Take out everything that doesn’t belong, such as clothes, cups, and trash. Also move out any little side tables or movable storage cabinets so that you can clean under them.
  • Pour some bleach or another disinfectant into the toilet bowl: Put the toilet brush inside the bowl, helping to sanitize the brush for cleaning. Make sure the door is open and the fan is on to ensure proper ventilation. For a green alternative, mix a tablespoon of baking powder into about a quart of 75/25 mix of white vinegar and water.
  • Dust: In general, when cleaning any room, start from the top down. Clean cobwebs in the corners of the bathroom, and brush other dust and dirt directly onto the floor to sweep up later. A duster works great for this, but you can also use the broom.
  • Apply any scrub powder to especially dirty areas: If you’ve got lime and build-up in the tub, sink, or around faucets, damp those areas slightly and sprinkle with scrubbing powder like Comet. Letting it sit for 10-15 minutes while you do other things will help to work loose the dirty patches and make your scrubbing go much more smoothly.
  • Clean the walls, windows and/or ceiling: If you have mold on the ceiling start with spraying a water bleach/disinfectant solution on it and let it rest for a couple of minutes, do the same with the walls (if they are tiles) or use another cleaning product. With a sponge or a clean rag, scrub the tile surfaces you’ve sprayed. Rinse it carefully to avoid any stripes and dry it with a clean rag.
  • Clean the shower: Spray cleaning product on the shower walls, and the shower head and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Spray cleansers made especially for getting rid of soap scum work very well on tubs that haven’t been cleaned in a while. For hard water areas that are prone to green and rust-colored stains, a cleanser made for eliminating calcium, lime and rust is probably what you need. Never use abrasive cleaners or green abrasive scrub pads or steel wool on porcelain fixtures, as they will quickly dull the finish. Soak the showerhead. If eventually the showerhead becomes quite clogged with hard water build up or soap scum, you can remove it and soak it overnight in a vinegar/water mixture, and then clean with a toothbrush. Go back over the shower and scrub the walls, faucet and shower head, rinse well with the hottest water and or dry with a towel. You can shine the faucet with a paper towel or a towel.
  • Clean the sink and counter area. Scrub all the soap scum and toothpaste off with a small amount of cleaner, rinsing your sponge thoroughly as you go along. Don’t forget to clean your trashcan, tissue holder and other items which regularly remain in your bathroom. An old toothbrush or cotton swabs can be handy for getting the junk out from between the tap and handles.
  • Clean the mirror. Use cleaner, rinse it and wipe the excessive water off with a towel or squeegee. To add a shine to your mirror add a bit of vinegar to the water.
  • Clean the exterior of the toilet. Wipe the outside, starting with the flush handle so as not to re-contaminate it, with a cloth soaked in disinfectant cleaner. Thoroughly wash and rinse all exterior surfaces of the toilet bowl, including the underside and flared base, the top and underside of the seat and lid, and the hinges and their mounting area with a cloth and detergent or similar cleaner.
  • Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and flush. You probably won’t have to scrub hard: let the soapy water and patience dissolve the problem. Coat the inside of the bowl with a viscous acidic cleaner generally sold in an angle-necked bottle. Take special care to cover the entire inside edge of the rim; it’ll run down toward other areas.
  • Sweep/Vacuum and mop the floor. Start with the farthest point from the door. Sweep/vacuum up all the dust and debris you’ve cleaned so far and let fall on the floor, then mop using hot soapy bleach water. Remember to rinse the floor with clean water to remove slippery soap residue. Be sure to get along the sides of your toilet bowl where it is anchored to the floor. This area is notoriously dirty. Don’t forget to clean the base boards or base molds these places usually accumulates a lot of dust.
  • Wipe down the shower after you use it. To make sure mold and mildew doesn’t build up in the shower in between big cleaning sessions; take time to wipe it down every time you take a shower. Combined with running the fan, this should keep your bathroom mildew free.

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