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Cleaning Greasy Cabinets

Cleaning Greasy Cabinets

Need help cleaning greasy cabinets? It’s easy to get built up grease on cabinets especially around the knobs. It’s best to maintain these areas before they get really bad. If it’s maintained and done often, cleaning greasy cabinets will only need an easy wipe. The longer you ignore them and don’t clean them the more grease and food particles get caked on and cleaning greasy cabinets becomes a harder task.

How to clean those greasy cabinets

Use a squirt of dawn dish soap (the blue one kicks ass) with 1 apart vinegar and 2 parts water. Mix in a spray bottle, or a bowl. Then just use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the grease. If you hit some tough areas with caked on foods, try applying some baking soda to your rag before wiping to add some scouring.  Wipe cabinets down with a dry cloth afterwards and go over them with a wood polish like pledge.

Oil to clean?

I have heard that you can use oil to clean oil but i haven’t yet tried this yet. Other cleaners recommend cleaning with a vegtable oil but I’m not trying to get oiled down in the process. You’re always opened to trying this trick and letting me know how it goes!

 

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How to Clean your Dishwasher

Follow these steps on how to clean your dishwasher! I know it sounds funny since it’s duty is to clean all those dishes and such but you need to take the time to clean the actual dishwasher. By cleaning your dishwasher your servicing it by removing all the build up food particles and crud. Follow these instructions every so often to keep it running efficiently and smelling clean.

Items you’ll need to clean your dishwasher

Baking Soda

Old toothbrush, q-tips, toothpicks

Distilled White Vinegar

Soft cloth

Paper towels

Steps to clean your dishwasher

  1. Start with an empty dishwasher.
  2. Fill one side of kitchen sink with distilled white vinegar water
  3. Remove the utensil holders and racks. Wipe them down checking for stuck-on food bits and debris in the bottom of washer.
  4. Remove and disassemble the arm and grate and filter, if you have one, from the floor of the dishwasher. Place in sink to wipe down with damp rag and vinegar water. Use the toothpicks to clear any of the holes that spray the water out on the blades.
  5. Using paper towels, remove any debris and food gunk.
  6. Use a damp rag that’s been wet with vinegar water to wipe down inside and edges of door, use a toothbrush or q-tip to get in tiny places. *if you are having trouble removing some gunk, try using a soft toothbrush and a baking soda paste.
  7. Reassemble and replace all parts.
  8. Clean garbage disposal. Click here to read how I clean my drains with vinegar and baking soda. Then run the garbage disposal and dump a cup of ice cubes down while it’s running, to help remove any debris in the garbage disposal.
  9. Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher and turn it on to Energy or Low Wash. Stop the machine in mid-wash, so the vinegar can set on the bottom and work. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, then turn on to finish cycle. (sometimes I will let it sit over night, and turn it back on to finish when I get up)
  10. When done, wipe out the inside with dry paper towels.
  11. Don’t forget to wipe down the outside while you’re at it. Depending on the type of dishwasher you have, spray the front of your dishwasher with a mild spray cleaner or stainless steel cleaner.
  12. step back and enjoy your clean dishwasher!

 

In the future remember to take the time out to clean your dishwasher!

25 Surprising Ways To Use Mineral Oil

25 Surprising Ways To Use Mineral Oil

Check out our list of 25 surprising ways to use mineral oil. By definition Mineral Oil is a colorless, oily, almost tasteless, water-insoluble liquid made from petroleum by distillation. It’s considered a lubericant but if swallowed can be a laxative. Mineral oil can be found in furniture polish, wood treatment products, stainless steel cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and air fresheners.

Here are 25 tips on how to use mineral oil. The first 8 are ways to use mineral oil for cleaning. While the rest are other helpful tips you may of never known to use around your home.

  1. Condition Wood Furniture 

    Mineral oil will help preserve and protect wooden furniture in the same way that many other store-bought furniture polishes will

  2. Protect Cutting Boards The oil will also help prevent cutting boards from getting cut marks in them, which will keep bacteria from hiding in any crevices on the surface of your cutting board.
  3. Remove Stains Use mineral oil as a pre-wash method for super easy stain removal. All you have to do is dab a little bit of it on the stain, and then throw your clothes in the wash.
  4. Prevent Rust If you’ve got outdoor furniture that you need to protect from rusting, cover it in mineral oil. Then, you’ll have protection from the elements so that your metal stays rust-free for longer.
  5. Shine Appliances 

    A little bit of mineral oil goes a long way. It’ll have all of your appliances looking shiny and good as new in no time.

  6. Remove Paint 

    If you’re cleaning up a construction site and need to remove overspray paint from a surface minerial oil will be your hero! Or if youve been doing any sort of painting around your house and have a hard time getting that it off of your hands, mineral oil is to the rescue.

  7. Remove Stickers Especially if you have kids, you know that stickers can wind up on anything and be a royal pain to remove. Nothing a rag and some mineral oil can’t solve, though.
  8. Clean and Maintain KnivesMineral oil creates a barrier against atmospheric moisture, and will help keep knives rust-free. Mineral oil can also be used as a lubricant when honing edged tools with a sharpening stone.
  9. Diffuse Oil

    Mixing mineral oil with other essential oils can keep your house smelling light and fresh. Just refill one of those containers that you may have that had previoud oil in it with the sticks sticking out of it.

  10. Lengthen The Life Of Your Razor

    After you finish shaving, carefully dry the razor then dab some mineral oil onto the blades using a q-tip.

  11. Silence A Creaky Floor

    If you have an older home with some squeaky floors, pouring a bit of mineral oil into the noisy joint cant help reduce the squeak.

  12. Silence a Squeaky door

    Got a loud, creaky door? Nothing a little mineral oil can’t help.

  13. Protect Garden Tools

    Garden tools typically have metal ends and wooden handles, and mineral oil can work wonders on both materials.

  14. Preserve Eggs

    If your a dooms day prepper this one is ideal to know.  You can preserve eggs without refrigeration for months using mineral oil.

  15. Un-Jam A Paper Shredder

    I am a chronic over-stuffer when it comes to shredding documents. Un-jam a shredder or give it a tax time tune-up by dripping a little mineral oil onto the blades to keep everything cutting smoothly.

  16. Untangle A Necklace

    Is your favorite gold or silver chain in a knot? Before paying a jeweler to fix your necklace, dip the knot into mineral oil. Then use a pin to work the oily knot open.

  17. Brighten Linoleum Counters

    A Wise Bread editor discovered this old-school tip by accident. While seasoning wood cutting boards, he dripped mineral oil onto his vintage linoleum kitchen counters and discovered that the oil refreshed the color of the faded linoleum! Be aware that the vibrant colors revealed by oil only last about three weeks before fading, and constant application of mineral oil to linoleum will make it break down. So, only use this tip on special occasions like photo shoots or holiday parties when you really need your kitchen to look extra-gorgeous.

  18. Ouch Free Bandage Removal

    Saturate the bandage with mineral oil. Working from the outside edge of the bandage, slowly peel the bandage away from the skin, applying more oil as needed.

  19. Remove Gum and Wax From Hair

    Peanut butter costs way too much to be wasted on hair-related gum accidents. Work mineral oil into the gum and affected hair until all the gum comes off easily, without pulling. Also, if you have the personal fortitude to wax your own bikini line, you can remove stubborn wax residue with mineral oil.

  20. Soften Cracked Feet

    Are your heels super dry? Regularly slather your feet with mineral oil at bedtime to keep the skin supple and crack-free. (Cover your oily feet with socks to keep your sheets clean).

  21. Treat Ear Mites In Dogs

    Mineral oil is a non-toxic method of killing ear mites in dogs. Mineral oil works by smothering the mites, but as with humans, mineral oil is also good for loosening hard earwax and buildup in your dog’s ears that can cause distress. Use an eyedropper to put several drops of oil in each ear. Instead of sticking the eyedropper into the ears, massage your dog’s ears to move the oil down the entire ear canal. Fair warning: your dog will want to shake its head, so do this in the bathroom, where spattering oil and earwax can be wiped down.

  22. Dislodge Earwax

    Place a few drops of body temperature mineral oil in the ears before bedtime for up to five days. Once the wax has softened, rinse ears with warm water (this can be as simple as tilting your head in the shower), then, tip your head so the wax can drain out. Dry your ears with a hair dryer set on low.

  23. Protect Skin In Freezing Weather

    Old-time arctic explorers went out of their way to avoid washing their faces to preserve the protective layer of natural skin oil to prevent chapping. Because it provides such a good barrier against the elements, mineral oil is a great product to protect exposed skin in cold climates.

  24. Moisturizer

    Although there is a huge amount of beauty propaganda devoted to describing mineral oil as pure evil in a bottle, contrary to popular belief, mineral oil does not cause acne or blackheads. Its molecular structure is too large to penetrate pores, so it moisturizes by creating a barrier on top of the skin that keeps moisture in and dry air out.

  25. Reduce Rashes

    Along with cradle cap, mineral oil can be used to prevent diaper rash and soothe other types of skin irritation such as skin burns from radiation therapy.

If your interested in purchasing some mineral oil, click here to get it from Amazon.com like I do. Or click this one if you prefer to get a bigger container.

Cleaning up a greasy kitchen

Cleaning a greasy kitchen can be tough

Cleaning up a greasy kitchen can be a tough job! In my cleaning business we do a lot of move outs. I have to say the most stuburn thing to clean is a kitchen that has had a lot of cooking done with oil. You’ll feel the oil baked onto the cabinets, oven hood and fan blades when there is a fan in the kitchen. I’ve put in many hours of scrubbing to get them back to normal. Over the years, I’ve used baking soda, vinegar and degreasers. However after a recent conservation I learned a new trick! Something I wish I knew years ago!! We all know the saying, “oil and water don’t mix”. So why I never applied it to my cleaning methods is insane! So the aswer to best clean oil is with oil!

You can use mineral oil or vegtable oil. Just apply to a paper towel and wipe. Just becareful with mineral oil on certain surfaces, It can remove paint. For stubborn areas make a paste by adding baking soda to help scrub surface. I wish I knew how easy this was years ago. Good luck and happy cleaning!

Safe Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly by Method

Safe Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Method Cleaning Products

Method Cleaning Products are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Unlike all the other green products on the market these SMELL AMAZING!!  Actually every product this company makes I have been a fan of. From their selection of hand soaps, multi-purpose cleaners, my all time favorite wood cleaner and more! I have used some of them in my cleaning business but I never found a great deal to buy them in bulk and realized it was too expensive for me to use. However, If I have a client that likes to supply their own products, I do proudly recommend that they buy it.

I have used alot of their cleaners and love every single one of them! They all have lovely fragrances and I’m excited to try new one’s everytime I see them.
Check out some of their other products: Cucumber multi-purpose cleaner, Clementine spray, lavender cleaner, grapefruit cleaner , wood cleaner that smells like heaven, hand soap, Granite & Marble Cleaner, Stainless cleaner and Polisher, Tub & Tile Cleaner, and Method laundry detergent.

The best thing about this company is that it’s non toxic and animal friendly! Method was founded in 2000, they create premium and design-driven home, fabric, and personal care products. Formulated with naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients. Method cleaners put the hurt on dirt.

Tips On Fixing A Vacuum With Horrible Suction

Learn on how to fix your vacuum with horrible suction

Learn how to fix a vacuum with horrible suction. I have tried numerous vacuums throughout the past seven years. No matter how expensive or cheap a vacuum is, it’s usefulness comes down to it’s suction performance. Many of us have been guilty of having a sucky vacuum in our home that has horrible suction. Instead of getting frustrated and tossing it to purchase another one try these tips.

1.) Adjust The Height

A lot of times the reason it’s not sucking up everything is becasue the height isn’t low enough and close to the floor. Look for a dial or lever with levels from 1 to 5 on it or your vacuum might just have two options between “bare floor” and “carpet”. I have seen many people use a vacuum but ignore this feature.

2.) Check To See If The Bag Is Full

If the suction is still poor after you’ve adjusted the height then check the bag. If the bag is full your suction will be poor. Some vacuum have a light to tell you when the bag is full while others you have to check. If there isn’t much room inside left for any more dirt then change the bag or empty the chamber. The vacuum sounds the sam with or without a full bag so you must check it every now and then to see.

3.) The Hose May Be Clogged

Disconnect the hose from the vacuum and look through it to see if you get a clean view out. Some hoses have corners so this is not possible. I always throw a nickel down one end and figure out if it gets stuck in the hose and if so where to know where the clog is. It’s best to take it outside to clean it. Try sticking a broom handle down it to see if it unclogs. If your hose does have corners this won’t always work so unfold a wire hanger to help pick it out.

4.) The Roller May Be Clogged

It’s time to flip your vacuum over and clean it up. If the roller is wrapped with hair or yarn from your carpet, it won’t be able to turn or brush through the carpet and  will fail miserably at picking up dirt. If you see your roller is full of hair, yarn or some cords, this can easily be fixed with a sharp pair of scissors. Snip through the hair and gunk a little at a time. The furry mess will come off in small pieces, so as you cut, start pulling it away and tossing it in the trash. Once you are done, flip the vacuum over and see if it is working better.

5.) Maybe The Vacuum Isn’t Airtight

The vacuum may not be working because it isn’t airtight. Just like its name, a vacuum relies on the machine creating a vacuum to suck up dirt from the floor. If air is escaping the system, it can’t pull the stuff up. If there’s a gap for air to get around the closure, your vacuum won’t pick up much from the floor. Check that the pieces are securely put together. If that looks good, check to make sure your vacuum bag is securely attached to the vacuum. Maybe you didn’t push it on far enough when installing the vacuum bag, it may have fallen off and therefore there’s no suction being created.

So If your vacuum still isn’t working, you may want to consider taking it to a vacuum repair shop. Call around to local repair shops to find out if they service your make and model. Vacuum repairs are often fairly inexpensive, but if you have a larger problem, it may be more cost effective to purchase a new vacuum. The person on the other end of the phone may be willing to do a little diagnosis over the phone before you lug it down to the shop. This won’t be incredibly accurate, but depending on your vacuum and what symptoms it has, they may tell you to skip the repairs and purchase a new one. They’ll be able to fix any vacuum with horrible suction!

An Organized House is a Happy Life

Did you know, an organized house is a happy life! Do you feel better in a clean and uncluttered space? Sure you do! When everything in our home has its own place life just feels better.

Stop and think about how much stress in your life is actually created by clutter or poor organizational habits. Disorganized spaces can actually put stress on both the body and mind. Our bodies hurt when we trip over a misplaced shoe or step on a Lego (ouch!). Our minds hurt when we can’t find what we are looking for or we try to concentrate on something but the chaos around us is too distracting. Taking a little time to organize and declutter can lift a great weight.

If you feel like it’s time for an organization overhaul, my advice is to declutter first.

Clear The Clutter

Take a good look around and find things that you really don’t need. Try doing this room by room. Try not to touch the items too much. Holding items makes us remember why we were hanging onto them in the first place. If you’re not using it right now however, there is no need to keep it. Try to work fast and trust your first instinct. If you think about it for too long you will find a “reason” why you need to hang onto it.

Organizing for Happiness

Our challenge for today:

Choose one area that we want to clean and organize and get started on it TODAY. You may not have time to do a full-fledged purge today but you can at least start to envision what your clean and organized space should look like. You can also set a goal to get rid of 5 things from this particular space right now.

Then, choose five more areas you want to clean and organize this month. Here are some ideas:

  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Pantry
  • Laundry Room
  • Kids Toys
  • Paperwork
  • Refrigerator
  • Desk Drawers
  • Makeup Storage
  • Garage
  • Basement

 

Essentially having a clean and organized home allows my brain to relax and concentrate on things that are important, instead of feeling scrambled because I’m frantically searching for something I can’t find. Or constantly feeling like I need to clean the area around me instead of doing my office work. Go declutter, get organized and do what works for you!

 

 

Clean As You Go

I have learned, to clean as you go!. Because some cleaning jobs can be scary at first sight!! It could look like a cluttered home from the show Hoarders. Or you’ll see dust piled high throughout the home. Soap scum in the tub that’s all different colors with dirt embeded all around. Or maybe rat discardings and dead bugs throughout from an empty abandoned home.

I can say that I have seen some horrible jobs and have remained to clean them all without turning away. Although now looking back, I should of walked away numerous times. The worst part is when the cleaning seems as If It will never end! Where you’re cleaning in circles and feel as If you’re getting no where. The best advice I have Is to clean as you go, starting at one end of the home and finishing each area before moving on. Making your way to the door where you’ll finally exit. By sectioning off the home in smaller areas to focus on helps you tackle the not so easy job.

 

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