Cleaning is like competing in a decathlon. Only you don't have to run or swim, instead you get to fight dirt, odor, mold, spills and everything else that is wrong with this world. Not everyone has my natural ability when it comes to cleaning, but I'm ready to do my part to help the less gifted by providing some tips. Just remember, for many people, learning to clean well can take a lifetime.
REMOVING WAX - Erica To get candle wax out of carpet, place a paper bag over the wax and use a hot iron to melt the wax out of the carpet and onto the paper bag.
CLEANING YOUR KEYBOARD - Kate B. Wrap an electronic cleaning wipe around an old credit card and then swipe the card between the keys of your computer. This cleans down low enough to get the grime that seems permanently stuck to sides of the keys.
USE 'TANG' TO CLEAN DISHES - Jewelya S. Run a cycle (hot) with Tang (drink mix) through your dishwasher to get rid of white foggy stains on dishes and cloudy residue. Put Tang in the soap and pre soak compartments of the door. If heavy stains, put a cup with Tang FACE UP on the top rack for further added measure during wash cycle.
MICROWAVE LEMON WATER - Lisa D. Microwave 1-2 cups of water with lemon slices for about 3 minutes. Remove the lemon water from the microwave and wipe it down w/ a damp cloth or paper towel. Cooked on food will come right off. It removes odors too.
FREEZE DRIED CARPET - Mel K. Rub area with ice cubes to freeze the substance. It will become hard and frozen so you can easily peel it out.
COFFEE POT CONCOCTION - Janet V. Put ice cubes ( any shape, cubed preferably ), kosher salt, and 1 small cubed lemon. Swirl till clean, then just rinse out. Or clean with soap and water to clean it again.
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