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The Amazing Lemon

lemons

Lemons can add plenty of flavor to plain old H2O & some of my favorite recipes, but they also are very useful to have in my home. I’d like to share with you some great uses at home!

  • For a sore throat or bad breath, gargle with some lemon juice.
  • Clean discolored utensils with a cloth dipped in lemon juice. Rinse with warm water.
  • Toss used lemons into your garbage disposal to help keep it clean and smelling fresh.
  • Use one part lemon juice and two parts salt to scour chinaware to its original luster.
  • A few drops of lemon juice in outdoor house-paint will keep insects away while you are painting and until the paint dries.
  • Remove scratches on furniture by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and salad oil and rubbing it on the scratches with a soft cloth.
  • To make furniture polish, mix one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil.
  • To clean the surface of white marble or ivory (such as piano keys), rub with a half a lemon, or make a lemon juice and salt paste. Wipe with a clean, wet cloth.
  • To renew hardened paintbrushes, dip into boiling lemon juice. Lower the heat and leave the brush for 15 minutes, then wash it in soapy water.
  • To remove dried paint from glass, apply hot lemon juice with a soft cloth. Leave until nearly dry, and then wipe off.
  • Rub kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemon peel. Wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.
  • Fresh lemon juice in rinse water removes soap film from interiors of ovens and refrigerators.
  • Create your own air freshener: Slice some lemons, cover with water, and let simmer in a pot for about an hour. (This will also clean your aluminum pots!)
  • Fish or onion odor on your hands can be removed by rubbing them with fresh lemons.
  • To get odors out of wooden rolling pins, bowls, or cutting boards, rub with a piece of lemon. Don’t rinse: The wood will absorb the lemon juice.
  • Save lemon and orange rinds to deter squirrels and cats from digging in the garden. Store rinds in the freezer during the winter, and then bury them just under the surface of the garden periodically throughout the spring and summer.
  • After a shampoo, rinse your hair with lemon juice to make it shine. Mix the strained juice of a lemon in an eight-ounce glass of warm water.
  • Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of salt to make a rust-removing scrub.
  • Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag. It will make the house smell fresh.
  • Get grimy white cotton socks white again by boiling them in water with a slice of lemon.
  • Clean copper pots by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the cut side with salt until the salt sticks. Rub the lemon onto the metal, rinse with hot water, and polish dry.
  • Suck on a lemon to settle an upset stomach.

March 27, 2015 Posted by | cleaning, house cleaning | 1 Comment

How to get rid of pesky fruit flies!

Everyone loves fruit and if you are eating healthy chances are you will always have a bowl of fruit on the counter for a quick, healthy snack.  Unfortunately sometimes fruit flies come home from the store with our fruit, multiply and suddenly there is an infestation of fruit flies in our homes.

Here’s my simple tips to get rid of those pesky, annoying fruit fies:

1.  Store fruit in the fridge and take a break from buying some fruit that has to sit on the counter like for example bananas.

2.  Wipe down all counters and cabinets…clean thoroughly.

3.  Wash dishes right away or put in dishwasher.  Fruit flies attract to dirty dishes.

4.  Don’t have wet dish rags out.   Fruit flies attract to those too!

5.  Use the attachment on your vacuum and vacuum the areas you see them most common.  You  might have to go on stealth attack…sneak up, aim & then quickly turn on the vacuum & attack!

6.  My last tip is homemade fruit fly traps.   And here is the simple recipe:

In a small bowl or jar add apple vinegar & a few drops of dish detergent.  Let sit and you’ll see in no time fruit flies floating in the trap & NOT buzzing around your home.

Why this works?  Fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the vinegar, and will attempt to land on its surface. However, they’re in for a surprise – since the dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar, the fruit flies fall in and drown.

With all my above tips you should be rid of those pesky fruit flies and be able to enjoy that fruit bowl on your counter again.

September 10, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | Leave a comment

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets Inside & Out

 

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When taking on the HUGE task of cleaning kitchen cabinets it is best to work in sections in your kitchen especially if you are short on time.  You can tackle a few cabinets and drawers a day and within a week your cleaning project is complete!

First remove everything out of cabinet or drawer.    A vacuum is handy to get all the crumbs in the drawer.  Next use your favorite cleaner or just some warm water with dish detergent.  Clean. wipe & Dry.

On the outside of the drawer/cabinet same thing.   If there is grease use something like 4O9.  Rinse & Dry.  Wood cabinets apply your favorite wood cleaner.

Top of cabinets usually requires 4O9 or Hot Water & Soap and LOTS of elbow grease!  Dust and grease accumulate over time on tops of cabinets.  One of my most favorite cleaning  jobs.  (Not!)  After cleaning cabinets  line tops of cabinets with newspaper.  Next time to clean cabinets replace paper and all you have are the edges to clean.   This will save you so much time in the future!

Happy Cleaning!

 

 

May 13, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring Cleaning-Kitchen Counter Top

Today I’m going to talk to you about cleaning the kitchen counter tops.  Not the cupboards, not reorganizing…just the counter top.

First declutter.  Anything that doesn’t belong on the counter put where it belongs.   Remember less is more in the kitchen.  If you normally keep your vitamins and papers lying on the counter…you might want to find new homes for them.  It’ll give you more counter space and look neater.

Next take off items you normally keep on the counter. (coffee maker, toaster, soap bottles, knick knacks, etc)  Set aside. You might need to work in sections through out your kitchen.

Now wipe down down the counters, the wall behind the counter, outlet covers, light switches,  sink faucet, etc.   You can use hot soapy water or if you have grease on your counters something like 4O9.

Next clean all the items you removed from the counter for the appliances even the cord.    Take your time and give everything a good thorough cleaning.  Put back on counter.

Repeat throughout the kitchen.

Very simple task to do and doesn’t take very long and makes a huge difference in the kitchen.

It’s also a good idea to do this not just for Spring Cleaning but at different times through out the year.  This will help keep your kitchen looking in tip top shape!

Look for more kitchen cleaning blog posts coming soon!

May 1, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , | 8 Comments

Cleaning Tips

May 1, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | 2 Comments

Preventing the Flu at home

Just because one person in a household gets the flu doesn’t mean everyone has to.

To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, doorknobs, light switches, phones, computer keyboards, remotes, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

Linens (such as bed sheets and towels) should be washed by using household laundry soap and tumbled dry on a hot setting. Individuals should avoid “hugging” laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating themselves. Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub immediately after handling dirty laundry.

Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with very hot water and soap.

January 31, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to remove superglue from a granite counter top

Well this was a new one for me…I discovered my son had left a superglue tube open right on our beautiful kitchen granite counter top.  By the time I discovered it the tube was stuck to the counter top pretty good.  The tube pried off  for me but the glue didn’t seem to want to budge.   Acetone is something that would work to remove it.  Since it’s in nail polish remover and was what I had at home that’s what I tried.  I applied the nail polish remover to a white cloth and scrubbed at the glue spot.  In just a few minutes it was completely gone!   If this ever happens to you I hope this tip will help! ( And don’t  forget to rinse over the spot real good with water & dry.)

August 22, 2012 Posted by | Alaska, cleaning, house cleaning, Wasilla | 1 Comment

Maintaining Free Flowing Drains

Plugged up or backed up drains can lead to serious water damage issues in your home.

Here are some simple tips to keep drains throughout your home flowing freely:

  • Use strainers in all your sinks.
  • Kitchen clogs are generally a buildup of vegetable scraps and congealed fats.  Avoid pouring grease down a kitchen sink.
  • Bathroom drains tend to clog with soap scum and hair.  Use a hair trap (available in hardware stores) in bathtub sinks and drains.  These simple devices also capture soap, skin, oils and other residues that buildup in the drain.
  • Periodically clean or replace the drain/plug mechanism in your bathtub and sinks.
  • Once a week, pour a gallon of boiling water down the kitchen drain- half at a time to break up the grease.

May 29, 2012 Posted by | Alaska, house cleaning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to clean Wicker Furniture

Spring Cleaning time…just had an email from a client wondering how to clean her wicker furniture.  Thought I’d share how to clean wicker in a blog post.  It’s very easy and something you can do right at home.

Untreated wicker should be kept inside during inclement weather.  For routine cleaning use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner or a feather duster.  In the winter, dryness may cause it to crack, so wipe a damp sponge occasionally or give it a light coating of lemon oil.    Once a year, if a piece has no wooden parts, scrub it with warm water and detergent, spray it with a garden hose, or put it under a shower.  Dry it as quick as possible by putting it in the sun or drying it with a hair dryer or floor fan.  Don’t sit on it until it is thoroughly dry.

Of course if you are in our service area and would like us to help you clean your wicker or help with your spring deep cleaning we can come out and give you a free estimate and take care of all your cleaning needs.   We can do everything from cleaning your carpet, upholstery, area rugs, ducts or tile & grout.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Spring Cleaning Window Tips

Dirty panes are no problem when you use rubber-edged squeegees, which are quicker and more effective than cloth or newspaper. They come in a variety of sizes — and a screw-on extension will let you reach high spots.To start, dip a sponge into a bucket of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Wet window; rub dirt away. Dampen squeegee; starting at an upper corner, draw it down pane from top to bottom. Repeat, overlapping strokes and wiping rubber edge with sponge after each stroke. (For large windows, ”snake” squeegee back and forth; then touch up edges.) Dry windowsills with a cloth

April 19, 2011 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | 1 Comment