- Good Housekeeping | Cleaning Guide | Fri, Feb 28, 2014 10:52 AM EST | Comments
Save money and make these products last.
1. Don't automatically fill both dispensers in your dishwasher.
The detergent box recommends it, but it's better to adjust the amount of detergent to the soil level of the load and the hardness of your water. Start by filling each cup halfway, adding a bit more for extra dirty dishes and hard water. Plus, using too much detergent can leave a filmy residue on your glasses and flatware.
2. Always measure laundry detergent.
I know the numbered lines inside detergent caps are impossible to see, but with today's 2x and 3x concentrated detergents, a full cap is too large a dose for most loads. Adding more detergent won't get clothes any cleaner; instead, laundry can still be soapy at the end of the cycle and front-loading washers that are sensitive to excess suds may shut down.
3. Spray the cloth, not the surface....Read More »
When cleaning mirrors, polishing furniture, and shining stai
- Youbeauty.com | Cleaning Guide | Tue, Feb 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST | Comments
Get your home clean without exposing yourself to something even more harmful.
Are you a little freaked out about all of the chemicals in your cleaning products, but worried that going green won't clean as well? We get it. It's hard to know what products are both safe and effective when it comes to cleaning house. "There are a lot of bad basic cleaning formulas out there filled with chemicals," explains "The Godmother of Green" Annie B. Bond, an expert on green living and best-selling author of five books, including "Better Basics for the Home."
In small amounts, exposure to these toxins is not a problem-after all, your liver is designed to detoxify your body of chemicals-but they can even damage the liver itself. Bond, a survivor of chemical poisoning who devoted herself to educating others about healthy living, believes that every toxic substance you come into contact with accumulates in your system and that, eventually, their cumulative effects could trigger health problems ranging from headaches to...Read More »
- Good Housekeeping | Cleaning Guide | Fri, Feb 14, 2014 5:53 PM EST | Comments
You can become a dust-busting machine.
Dusting is one of my least favorite chores. It's such a thankless, neverending task. Whisk it away one weekend and, before the next weekend rolls around, your furniture is dust-covered once again. While you can't permanently rid your home of dust, there are some things you might doing that are sabotaging your efforts to zap it.
1. Using a feather duster
No question. This tool simply spreads dust from one surface to another. Instead, select microfiber dusters or electrostatic dusters, like Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Swiffer, that grab and hold onto dust. And to ensure they continue to pick up dust, wash or replace them when they get dirty.
2. Overlooking heating and air conditioning vents...Read More »
These invisible grilles on your walls and ceilings are hidden dust magnets. Forget to clean them and the air blowing through them can fill your room with dust quickly. With your vacuum's soft brush attachment, take a minute to go
- Hgtv Family Of Sites | Cleaning Guide | Tue, Feb 18, 2014 3:04 PM EST | CommentsUse simple ingredients from the pantry to make cleaners. You'll save money, and homemade cleaners are healthier for your family and the environment. Some of these cleaning recipes are as old as dirt, but they work and you don't have to spend a bundle on getting your home clean.
Diluted White Vinegar: Gentle Cleanser
A solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle can go a long way when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. "Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum and hard-water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet it is gentle enough to use on hardwood flooring," according to cleaning expert Cynthia Townley Ewer, author of Houseworks. "White vinegar is a natural deodorizer -- it absorbs odors instead of covering them up. And, no, your bathroom won't smell like a salad. The acidic aroma disappears when dry."
Homemade spray-cleaner recipe
Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar.
Mix in a spray bottle:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
Use this sol...Read More »