Refresh the Family Room
Today we’re moving into the family room and tackling your couches and chairs. First, remove all of the cushions and vacuum the furniture as well as the floor underneath. Then use the upholstery attachment to dust both sides of the cushions and all pillows. Fluff cushions and replace in different positions to help prevent wear and tear.
Clean the wooden surfaces with a damp microfiber cloth using water only or the appropriate furniture cleaner or polish. Get more of my advice on how to tackle all your textiles, from pillows and blankets to comforters and curtains.
Clear Dirty Drains
To freshen drains (not unclog them) and help keep them free-flowing, mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt. Pour the mixture down the drain, followed by 1 cup heated vinegar. It will foam and bubble. Let it stand for 15 minutes — longer does not work any better.
Follow by running hot tap water for at least 15 to 30 seconds. This is especially good for seldom-used drains, like in a guest bathroom.
Quick-Clean Your Computer
Unplug your computer equipment. With the brush attachment, first vacuum off as much dust as you can, particularly paying attention to the back of the machine, where the air vents and that tangle of cords are. Then turn your keyboard upside down, shake it, and be prepared for what falls out!
Use a clean toothbrush or makeup brush to clean between the keys. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe over the screen, depending on your type of screen. An alcohol wipe will clean smudges and fingerprints off the keyboard and housing. Do not use window cleaner or other household cleaners on the screen..
Spruce Up Blinds
When cleaning miniblinds, their material — metal, wood, or fabric — will determine how you dust them. For metal minis, put a pair of socks on your hands, lightly dampened with water or multipurpose cleaner. Put one hand behind the blinds and one on the front; run your hand from top to bottom, and then side to side. For wood blinds, follow the same procedure, but use only a little tap water. DO NOT overwet and be sure to buff dry right away. For fabric blinds, go over the fabric in the same way but with a dry microfiber cloth.
How to clean a coffee maker?
If you want to have a real great tasting coffee, you have to clean your coffee maker frequently. This is really easy to do and you just have to follow a few simple steps. Add one part vinegar and three parts water into a bowl or a small bucket. Depending on the coffee machine, you can increase this amount of mixture.
Then, you have to add the vinegar and water mixture into the reservoir of the coffee maker and turn it on the brewing cycle. After the brewing cycle has finished you have to let the solution cool and pour it back through the coffee maker. Then, pour out the solution and you will have a really great smelling garbage disposal. Clean the carafe with cold water once or twice in order to clean the machine perfectly. If your coffee machine has a filter, you can clean it with the same vinegar solution. After cleaning the whole coffee machine, you can wipe it with a clean and dry cloth.
Quick-Clean Your Oven
Remove the racks and drip pans, and clean them with a damp paper towel. Wipe down all surfaces inside your oven. If you see a small bit of burned-on gunk, remove with a nonabrasive scrubber. Use a scrub brush to clean the racks, dry, and put back in.
If something spills over while baking, pour table salt on it, and when the oven is cool, you will have a much quicker cleanup. Give the oven window a good rubdown with vinegar and water.
How to Clean a Gross Shower Curtain
Stepping into the bathtub and noticing that your shower curtain is dotted with mildew can make your skin crawl. But good news: Even if you use a plastic liner or washable plastic shower curtain, you can get it clean in your washing machine.
Wash a plastic curtain on the highest water level with regular amount of detergent, and add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation. Then, hang to dry or put into the dryer on low heat or air only.
If your shower curtain is fabric or decorative, it’s best to wash it following the instructions on its care label. Or, to quickly freshen it, pop it into the dryer on air or fluff with a fabric softener sheet.
Clean Your Freezer in a Flash
If you have a stand-alone unit, unplug your freezer and vacuum and dust the coils and area around the unit as you did with the refrigerator. Have coolers and ice on hand to store your frozen food while you clean. Check for out-of-date items and discard them. Wipe down the interior surfaces using the same cleaning solution you used for your refrigerator. Clean the sealing rubber gasket with only a damp sponge (no caustic cleaners).
If you need to remove ice buildup, use a plastic spatula and be very careful scraping ice away. Have a bucket or bowl handy and lots of old towels to sop up water and make the job mess-free.