The very best way to keep your home sparkling clean and create a healthy
environment for you and your family is to use Royal Maids on a regular
basis. Keeping a clean home is a key part to having a happy home. However,
cleaning a home can be a painstaking and exhaustive process, so here are
some tips using safe household products like Vinegar, Lemons and Baking
Soda to help out when the maids are not around.
Use Vinegar & Household Acids as Cleaning Products
Vinegar is a great cleaning product. Not only is it cheap, but it’s
also a great disinfectant and it’s eco-friendly. Lemon is also a
wonderful cleaning product—it’s eco-friendly, and because
of its acidity, it can help you with mold and unpleasant smells in some
parts of the house.
Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup
water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the
microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
Cut a lemon or lime in half. With the water on and garbage disposal running,
add the fruit one at a time to the disposal. The fruit will help clean
your drain and make it smell good at the same time. This is also a great
way to use citrus fruit that's on its way out.
To remove mineral deposits in a teapot or burnt spots on a coffee pot,
put some ice cubes, cut-up lemon, and salt with a tad water and swish
around and let sit overnight.
To remove mineral deposits from shower fixtures, fill a plastic sandwich
bag with undiluted white vinegar. Tie around the shower head and leave
overnight. In the morning, remove the bag. Use a brush on the shower head
and it is ready to use.
To clean soap scum and mildew off plastic shower curtains, place the curtain
in the washing machine with two or three old towels. Mix one cup of white
vinegar to half a cup of laundry detergent. Fill the washer with warm
water and run through the complete wash and rinse cycle. Remove the curtain
from the washer and hang immediately.
You don't have to buy glass cleaners and paper towels to clean your
mirrors. Just some vinegar and an old newspaper is all you need to keep
your mirrors shining as new. Your house will look great if the mirrors
It's amazing how versatile a lemon can be. It can tackle hard water
stains in a jiffy. Take a fresh lemon, cut it in half and rub the actual
lemon onto the fixture or fitting that has the stains. It is a simple
and effective way to clean shower fittings.
Use Baking Soda to Get Rid of Odors & Bacteria
Baking soda is non-toxic and has a multitude of uses as a household cleanser.
Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one
cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then
run hot water down the drain.
Odor producing mold and bacteria in garbage cans: sprinkle 1/2 cup baking
soda in the bottom of the garbage can.
Using Other Household Chemicals
WD 40 has a myriad of uses and can be a handy cleaning aid. To remove dried
glue from virtually any surface, spray some WD 40 onto the spot, wait
thirty seconds, and wipe clean with a damp cloth. You can also reduce
that buildup of dust on ceiling fan blades by spraying them with WD 40
and wiping with a rag.
To remove scuff marks from vinyl, linoleum, or wooden floors, try using
an eraser. That often works fine, or rub with white toothpaste mixed with
a little baking soda, then wipe with a damp cloth.
In the bottom of your dishwasher, sprinkle some borax and leave it overnight.
The next day, wipe down the inside of the dishwasher, door, and all other
surfaces using a damp sponge or cloth. No need to rinse the surface—just
do the next load of dishes to get rid of dishwasher odor.
How to Remove Wine Stains
Red wine stains are tough to remove, especially from light carpets. Try
sprinkling with salt and leave to set for 15 minutes. The salt will absorb
the spill and turn pink. Brush or vacuum the salt away then clean the
area with a mixture of two thirds water and one third vinegar.
After you have rearranged your furniture, place ice cubes in the old indentations
in the carpet and leave overnight. Use the tines on a fork to fluff up
the pile the next day.
Removing Wood Scratches
To cover scratches on wood furniture, use a crayon the color of the wood.
Apply to the scratched area, heat with a hair dryer and buff the crayon
into the scratch with a soft cloth. To cover scratches on mahogany or
cherry wood, use iodine.
Wherever you clean always start at the top and work your way down so you
are not dropping dust from the fan blades on the newly cleaned end tables
and always leave the vacuuming until last.
Dealing with Pet-Related Stains
The only way to remove fresh pet stains & odor is to apply a bacteria/enzyme
digester available at your local pet store, so keep some handy for those
little emergencies! Give the digester time to work by leaving it on for
the required amount of time suggested in the instructions. Don't be
afraid to use plenty of it to soak right through the carpet and underlay.
Allow the solution to completely dry before walking on it.