How to clean your outdoor furniture

Remove loose debris and wipe the surface of the furniture using a soft-bristle brush or a soft, dry cloth. Be careful not to be too rough, as pushing loose debris into the surface may scratch your furniture. The safest thing to use on any outdoor furniture is water, so start with a simple rinse, using…

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Holiday decorations become treasured family heirlooms, evoking memories. They can also become incredibly filthy after spending 11 months in storage. Ensure a happy holiday future with these tips for cleaning ornaments of every kind. Glass & Porcelain Spray regular glass cleaner onto a soft cloth and wipe gently.  Crystal    Don’t handle crystal decorations unless you wear…

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To get rid of dirt, mix a solution of dish soap and water in a bucket. Then, scrub the rug using a large nylon brush. Make sure to clean both sides of the rug to get all the dirt off. After you’ve scrubbed it, rinse the rug with a hose. Source: Overstock

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Most liquids simply roll off of Crypton fabrics, or they can be quickly blotted off the surface with a dry towel or sponge. The spot cleaning method of stain removal can be used for most light to medium stains, such as coffee, red wine, crayon, and ketchup. Be careful to brush lightly since fibers can…

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How to clean screen doors and windows

It’s so easy….. Just use a lint roller to remove debris such as pet hair and cobwebs from your screens. Try attaching the lint roller to a pole if the screen door or window is tall or hard to reach.                                   …

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It may seem strange, but your dishwasher needs a good cleaning every once in a while. Despite all the water and soap that churn through the machine as it washes dishes and flatware, the working parts in your dishwasher don’t manage to get clean. That’s where a packet of Kool-Aid comes in handy (yes, really).…

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With company coming and going during the holiday your microwave may get a lot of use and dirty too. You know that some ovens are self-cleaning, but what’s this about microwaves? It’s true – you can let your microwave do the job for you by heating up some water and lemon juice or vinegar in a microwave-safe…

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Velvet stockings should be professionally dry cleaned and only steamed to get wrinkles out. Do not iron them. Needlepoint can be vacuumed with an upholstery brush. to brighten them up but if they are stained, take them to a dry cleaner. Felt should go to the dry cleaner. Knit should be hand washed just like…

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How to Clean a Mattress

While it’s impossible to wash your mattress, this cleaning trick will have it smelling and feeling fresh in no time! You will need Baking soda, Essential oil (optional) and a vacuum cleaner. Strip the mattress of all bedding. Put a cup of baking soda into a container with a tight-fitting lid, add 4-5 drops of…

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wood cutting boards

Give your cutting board a spa treatment with this all natural solution. Sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt. Using a lemon half with the cut side down, scour the surface, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go. Let sit for 5 minutes. Scrape the gray, dirty liquid into a small bowl using…

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How to clean a chandelier on a high ceiling

Find a ladder that will allow you to easily reach the chandelier. First, use a duster to dust your chandelier. Next, use a spray bottle with water and a bit of dish soap to spray and wipe down the chandelier. If you’re unable or unwilling to take the chandelier down, this is as much cleaning…

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Remove mildew from wood decks and wood patio furniture by sponging them off with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda mixed in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water. Keep an old toothbrush on hand to work the solution into corners and other tight spaces. Source: Readers Digest

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