Three Expert-Recommended Cleaning Products
Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser is a combination of oxalic acid and mild abrasives that removes baked-on food, rust, tea and coffee stains.
Zep Heavy-Duty Citrus Cleanser-Located in the paint section of your home center, this product cleans cooking oil from cabinets near the stove.
I Can See Clearly Wow! Natural Glass Cleaner-Solvent-free; you can clean the window sill, trim, sash and tray without damaging painted (or vinyl) surfaces.
To remove dirt and dust buildup from woodwork and leave it looking shiny, wipe down using a combination of 1 part lemon oil to 1 part white vinegar.
Here’s an easy way to clean the microwave: Mix 1 Tbsp of distilled white vinegar and a ½ cup of water in a bowl.
Bring it to a boil in the microwave and let it sit for 5 minutes.
The steam will loosen any dried-on food so that you can easily wipe it away.
Also, cotton swabs do a great job of cleaning around stove knobs and crevices on the front of the dishwasher.-Mary Findley, www.goclean.com.
For glass shower doors, first clean them thoroughly, then polish with lemon oil (the lemon oil helps to stop future soap buildup).
You can also have a squeegee in each stall for quick post-shower wipe downs.
And to clean the shower curtain, let it soak for 30 minutes in water and detergent.
Then machine-wash it on the regular cycle.
Now throw it in the dryer for 10 minutes (to remove dampness) and hang back in the bathroom.-Meg Roberts, www.mollymaid.com.
Baby wipes can be used and are effective for some tasks, but they are also different than cleaning wipes. According to Derek Christian of www.cleaningbusinesstoday.com, baby wipes contain very little moisture, have gentle cleaning agents and they dry quickly. Cleaning wipes may often contain bleach or other harmful chemicals.
At www.BHG.com/Toilet, you can learn how to clean your toilet in 5 seconds flat!
Source: “40 spring cleaning tips + tricks” by Berit Thorkelson-Better Homes and Gardens, March 2014