The Complete Idiot's Guide to Household Solutions by Melodie Moore

By Melodie Moore

You are no fool, in fact. you recognize for you to have the ability to repair that leaky tap, fresh these messy pots, and keep in your heating invoice. but if it involves facing these endless chores and dilemmas, you're feeling like a slave for your domestic. free up these shackles now! the total Idiot's consultant to loved ones ideas is helping make you lord or girl of the manor back, with hundreds of thousands of tricks and assistance for buying issues performed faster, more affordable, more uncomplicated, and smarter

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27 Part 2 > Cleaning Solutions Room by Room Plastic and Acrylic Tubs If you have a new bathtub, it may be plastic or acrylic. You need to be extra careful when cleaning these types of tubs. ). Avoid using a scouring powder cleaner because it can permanently scratch the surface. Rub any scratches with a little silver polish, then buff with a soft cloth. Tightwad Tip To get nasty soap scum and dirt off your tub or shower, put a little baby oil in a spray bottle and add water. Spray the mixture on a section and wipe off with a sponge.

If it does a good job, there's no reason to use something more powerful. If the surface to be cleaned can be washed, first try plain old soap and water. I like to take a bucket of warm water and add a squirt of liquid dish detergent; I dip a sponge or cloth into the soap and water and give whatever I'm cleaning a good old wipe-down. If the soap-andwater trick works, I can mark one more job off my cleaning list and quickly move on. If that doesn't quite do it, I've got other good options. Smart Solution When cleaning with vinegar, always use white distilled vinegar.

Apply the paste to the stain, leave it on for a minute or two, and then wipe it off. You can also clean counter stains with lemon juice and baking soda. Just pour some lemon juice on the spot and sprinkle baking soda over it. Then watch it fizz the counter clean. Let the solution soak on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes before scrub­ bing. Wash with water. This will clean even the toughest stains. Tile Backsplash If you have a tile backsplash. you'll want to wash it often with hot, soapy water. If you do this, you won't have to scrub the grout very often.

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