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Simple way to clean a microwave oven

I was amazed to find out that a friend of mine buys the microwave pouches for cleaning her microwave.  She has 4 kids and is on a pretty tight budget.    There really is no need to add the extra expense to your monthly  bills when cleaning the inside of a microwave can be done simply with just plain water!


If you have a microwave with a turntable inside then the first step is to remove it and soak it in a sink of hot, soapy dishwater.  While that is soaking.  Take a coffee mug or bowl and fill with water.   Microwave the water for 2-3 minutes.  (It’s okay if it boils all over the place since you will be wiping up the microwave soon.)  Do not open the microwave door for 5 minutes, this way the steam can take effect.   Wipe clean.      If you want you can do a quick mist of your favorite cleaner, but it is not necessary!

Easy and doesn’t hurt the pockebook!  😉

May 18, 2009 Posted by | house cleaning | , | 3 Comments

Spring Cleaning

Wow!   Hasn’t this weather been AMAZING in Alaska???  This is the time of  year where many of us do Spring Cleaning around our homes so we can get out and play and enjoy our beautiful Alaskan summer!  It’s when we go through closets, cupboards and drawers and start getting rid of things we no longer need. It’s also a good time to do a very thorough, deep cleaning  of your entire home.

If your time is too valuable to spend cleaning then you should seriously think of hiring a housecleaner to do a Spring Cleaning for you. If you are in the Wasilla area our Cleaning Crew can take care of all your Spring House Cleaning needs. For those of you who have the time and enjoy doing your own Spring Cleaning I thought I’d share with you some tips from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ease the burden of Spring Cleaning:

Develop a task list.

Clean carpets, upholstery, draperies and even your mattress.

Clean oven, refrigerator and other appliances.

Clean fireplaces.

Wash inside of windows.

Wash woodwork.

Clean out cupboards and closets.

 Change HVAC filters.

Clean efficiently. Avoid going back and forth around a room. Instead, work using a systematic approach. Think in terms of left to right, top to bottom. Begin with ceilings and walls, and work your way down to windows and furniture, finishing with the floors.

Hire cleaning service providers. For those tasks that require a specialist (i.e. carpet, upholstery and hard flooring cleaning), hire only certified professionals. Before hiring anyone, confirm that they are trained and certified in the type of work to be performed, informally interview the company representative or technician, obtain a written estimate of the work to be completed and receive a written contract or invoice confirming the total price and any statements or guarantees.

Hope you find these tips very helpful!   Happy Spring Cleaning!!

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, cleaning, house cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , | 1 Comment