- Martha Stewart Living | Cleaning Guide | Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:13 AM EDT | CommentsLearning what are and how to use the various attachments for your vacuum can maximize its efficiency.
A rotating brush used with canister vacuums. Also known as a power or turbo brush, it stirs debris from the bottom of pile carpeting so the suction can whisk it away.The Upholstery Tool
This small, flat head removes dust from furniture and mattresses, which should be vacuumed thoroughly every three months.
Related: Martha Stewart's Top Organizing TipsThe Rug/Floor Attachment
This nozzle, which is often smooth with no brushes, comes with some canister vacuums. Use it instead of the beater bar on delicate carpets, such as antiques.The Crevice Tool
Use this narrow nozzle for tight areas, such as next to and under the refrigerator and other large appliances and along baseboards. This tool will also draw out dust from hard-to-reach heating vents and between the flanges of a radiator.The Floor-Brush Attachment
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- Good Housekeeping | Cleaning Guide | Thu, Mar 13, 2014 12:13 PM EDT | Comments
Don't make this chore last longer than it has to.
Vacuuming isn't rocket science (thank goodness!), but a little extra know-how can help you clean your home that much better.
1. Waiting until the bag is full to empty it
Even though some vacuums have "check bag" indicator lights, check the bag yourself and change it when it's three-quarters full. This keeps your vacuum's suction strong. And if you have a bagless vac, don't forget the dust cup -- dirt collects there, too.
2. Vacuuming with a dirty filter
You won't effectively remove allergens if your filter is clogged with grime. You don't have to change the filter as often as the bag, but if the filter shows signs of wear, or if it's very dirty or torn, it's time to replace it. Change HEPA filters every six months or with every sixth bag change. Check the owner's manual or your brand's website for the recommendations for your model.
3. Not using the attachments...Read More »
After a long winter of baking, your oven is in need of a good cleaning! This is a great way to get your oven clean using a natural cleaner.
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- Thenest.com | Cleaning Guide | Wed, Mar 12, 2014 4:39 PM EDT | Comments
Can't remember the last time you cleaned the tops of your doorframes and the top of your refrigerator? Check out the 7 most common places people forget to clean - and learn when to tidy 'em for a house that's really spotless.
By Samantha Leal for TheNest.com
The Top of the Refrigerator
Why: Your 'fridge is usually close to your stove, so the dust on top of it gets mixed in with grease and it can make an awful mess, points out Jackie Harmon, co-owner of Healthy Clean, an eco-friendly cleaning company based in Denver.
How to: Simply spray the area with a grease-removing cleaner and wipe with a paper towel.
Clean: Once a month
The Tops of Doorframes, Smoke Detectors & Wall Hangings
Why: All of these spots are easy to miss when you're doing your Sunday dusting. And dust build up in and around your smoke detector can lead to false alarms.
How to: Wipe with an old, soft rag
Clean: Once a month
Behind Large Appliances
Why: Dust, food and even, um, doogie doo can pile up behind the fridg...Read More »
- All You Magazine | Cleaning Guide | Wed, Mar 12, 2014 12:57 PM EDT | Comments
DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner
By combining some ingredients you probably already have at home, this recipe harnesses baking soda's gentle abrasiveness, vinegar's acidity, and the stain-lifting power of the fizz created by mixing the two--leaving you with a spotless toilet!
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Prep: 2 min.
Yield: 1 cup (enough for 1 use)
• Measuring cup
• Toilet brush
• ½ cup baking soda
• 10 drops tea-tree essential oil
• ½ cup distilled white vinegar
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• Pour baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add oil, then vinegar-in that order.
• Let water effervesce for several minutes, then scrub bowl with brush. Flush.