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Coffee Maker Cleaning Tips

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Having the right coffee maker in your home can make all the difference between a pleasant morning and one that you would rather forget, especially if you happen to love coffee. In fact, a lot of people go out of their way to try different types and flavors of coffee in their never-ending quest to find that special blend that tastes just right. If you happen to be one of these individuals, you might be interested to know some tips for effectively cleaning your coffee maker. Doing so on a regular basis will not only make your coffee taste much better, but it will also help preserve the life of the coffee maker itself. That, in turn, can save you a lot of money in the long run because you probably won't be required to go out and buy a new one nearly as often.

Everyday Cleaning

There is a better than average chance that you already take the time to wash and rinse out the carafe after each use thoroughly. This minimizes the residue that can sometimes collect on these types of surfaces, especially if you drink strong coffee. But while you are cleaning that carafe don't forget to remove the coffee grounds from the filter area and then use a damp rag to clean that area as well. 

A lot of people have a tendency to forget this part, as they think that having the filter in place will prevent any of this residue from collecting.  In reality, this residue collects just the same, and over an extended period, it can cause your coffee to taste strange. If it gets severe enough, it can even cause some of the residue to get into your coffee or even block the filter area all together so that it is essentially impossible for water to be pumped through the coffee grounds to make coffee in the first place.

Cleaning The Coffee Maker Itself

As far as cleaning the machine itself goes, you can do it one of two ways. There are commercial products that are available, which you can purchase in virtually any supermarket or discount store. They are designed to be utilized in the cleaning of the machine. Typically, this is a liquid that is poured into the tank just as you would pour water into it to make coffee. You then have to turn the machine on and allow it to pump through. Most products require that you do this once or twice each time you clean the machine. Make sure that you also run at least one or two full cycles of fresh water through the machine after you have used these products to ensure that there is no chemical residue left over. Your other option is to utilize vinegar. It cleans the machine just as effectively as the commercial cleaning products, but it doesn't require the use of harsh chemicals to do so. Simply pour the vinegar into the tank, turn the machine on and allow it to brew just as it would at any other time. After the coffee machine has cooled, run water through it a couple of times (just like you would when making coffee). Your coffee maker is now ready for use. 

Typically, you should be sure to clean your coffee maker about once a month, but we at Out of Sight Cleaning recommend that with hard water you do it more frequently,  as this can make it hard for the pump to function correctly.

If you clean your coffee maker regularly and you follow these tips, you can have coffee that tastes great whenever you want it. The best part is that it gives you a better chance to keep the coffee maker you love and not have to buy a new one.  Otherwise, you could find yourself being forced to replace it every few months. 

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How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

If you are like most people, you like to make sure that everything in your house is clean on a regular basis. This includes things like the kitchen cabinets. The question is, how do you clean kitchen cabinets effectively and what should you be using to accomplish this goal? This might seem like a job that is too tough to tackle at first, but fortunately, it isn't that difficult at all. What you need to get the job done is a little elbow grease and a couple of good cleaning products.

First Things First

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The first thing you need to do is decide if you want to clean only the exterior of the kitchen cabinets or if you would prefer to clean both the exterior and interior at the same time. If you decide to do the latter, you can save yourself some time by removing all of the dishes from those kitchen cabinets and setting them aside, so you don't end up getting cleaner on them. Next, take a damp cloth and simply wipe out the interior of the cabinets, being sure to allow the cabinets to dry completely before replacing the dishes. Once you get this task accomplished, you are ready to clean the exterior of the cabinets without having to worry about cleaning the interior or accidentally contaminating your dishes, which would naturally force you to wash them all before you could restock them.

Cleaning The Exterior

Chances are, the exterior of the kitchen cabinets will require a little more effort than simply using a damp rag. What you want to do is be sure that you are getting all of the oils from your skin, as well as debris from cooking and everything else, off of the cabinets. This involves using a cleaner that is designed for exactly this type of thing. You can choose to utilize a good wood polish if your cabinets are varnished or if they are natural wood but you need to utilize a wood cleanser first. If your cabinets are painted, you will still have to clean them, but there won't be any need to use some polish on them after the fact. Make sure that you are utilizing a cleanser that is designed to be used on kitchen cabinets like the ones you have. In other words, don't use a cleanser that is not designed for painted surfaces if your cabinets have been painted. By the same token, use caution not to utilize an everyday cleanser on varnished or natural wood, as it could do harm to the wood itself. Once you know which product to use, simply follow the directions on that particular product and you can enjoy clean kitchen cabinets after just a few hours worth of work.

Conclusion

When it comes to house cleaning, the kitchen cabinets are something that often gets overlooked. They are not typically included in your everyday touch-ups or even your weekly cleaning projects. However, you should take care to ensure that you clean your kitchen cabinets at least annually. Most people prefer to do it a couple of times a year to keep them in good shape and prevent too much build-up from forming on them. As long as you follow these simple steps, you should be able to get them clean without having any trouble. You should even be able to do it in a relatively short amount of time. 

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Get Rid of Grease and Dirt With Oven Cleaning Tips

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Ever wondered why pests such as roaches find your oven to be a great home? For starters, it might be the nook and crannies that provide places to hide and breed. While it may happen as a result of the above, the reason why pests inhabit your oven is that of food particles and grease. Leaving the situation as described above is definitely unhealthy. One thing you need to remember is that pests do carry disease-causing pathogens. If they inhabit your oven, be sure they will scurry over your dishes and kitchen surface looking for food. Want to prevent this? Start maintaining high standards of hygiene by engaging in oven cleaning.
 
Here are oven cleaning tips you need to incorporate and keep your kitchen pest free:

Start by formulating home oven cleaning products

Cleaning an oven is one of the most time-consuming chore every homeowner dreads. Yes, you have just finished baking an apple pie, a few brownies or a cake. You are tired and all you want to do is lie down and take a nap. Once your nap is done, you pour yourself a glass of milk and munch on a few brownies and cookies. While doing so, your mind is trying hard to remind you about the mess in the oven but you are trying to subconsciously bury the thought.
 
To make your work easier, start by making your own oven cleaning products. Why? Not only will you save money but you will get to use allergy-free elements which are great for those with sensitive skin. This does not mean that commercial cleaning products are bad but chemicals used in their formulation could be harmful to the user especially when they come into contact with the skin.
 
One of the simplest home cleaning products is a mixture of a bicarbonate soda/baking soda and a few tablespoons of warm water. By letting the solution sit overnight on the oven rack, the grease and other dirt will lift and become easy to remove. Add white vinegar in the morning to ensure better results.

Safety first

One thing every homeowner seems to forget is safety especially when it comes to oven cleaning. First and foremost, make sure the oven is powered down and if necessary, unplug from the wall socket. You need to ensure the oven has cooled down before cleaning. The skin is sensitive and some of the agents used during cleaning may be corrosive. To prevent damage to your hands and fingernails, it’s wise to ensure protection. For starters, when working with chemicals, ensure proper ventilation. The only way to do so is by opening the windows. Make sure that your children are occupied with art and craft supplies. They should either be playing around the backyard or coloring in the study room.
 
For your safety, wear protective clothing. Rubber gloves help to protect your hands. Don’t forget a mask for your face. It eliminates the chances of you breathing in any fumes. You need to avoid the heating elements. Cleaning the elements will result in damage preventing your oven from working normally. Once you are done the cleaning, always leave the oven door open for a few hours. Not only will this allow proper drying but will ensure all fumes are removed.

Use the right techniques

For best results, you have to incorporate the right techniques. Start by removing the shelves. Scrap any food residue with a blunt tool to prevent chipping the paint from the racks. Remember the home made solution you prepared earlier, this is where it comes in handy. Using a sponge, apply the solution on the bottom, sides and door panel. Avoid the heating elements and door seals. If you opt for a commercial cleaning product, follow the instructions provided.
 
Leave the cleaning solution to sit for 30 minutes or an hour. This will allow the dirt and grease to loosen making cleaning to be easier. Furthermore, it eliminates the need of scrubbing or using a lot of effort. After the hour has elapsed, take a medium bristled brush, scrub the sides, bottom and door panel. Always pay attention to problematic areas. Once you are done, wipe off any excess cleaning solution with a microfiber cloth. Rinse the cloth several times to avoid spreading the dirt on the cleaning surfaces. You can also use crumpled newspapers.

Never use the self-cleaning system

Today, modern ovens are engineered with a self cleaning feature which is advertised as the best way to remove grease and other stains. One thing you need to know is that the feature uses extreme heat in order to remove the grease and grime. This will result in temperatures rising to 1000 degrees F finally causing damage to the elements and fuses. As a result, you will end up incurring more expenses in terms of replacing your oven and repairing other electrical components.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have the best oven cleaning tips at hand, you can begin eliminating the grease and grime from your oven. Not only will this ensure your oven stays clean ready for another baking session but it will keep away pests such as roaches. If you opt for commercial cleaning products, buy those that come packed in a spray bottle. Furthermore, they should be fume free.

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Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites

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Dust mites cause allergies and you need to get rid of them now, right? Well, getting rid of dust mites from your home isn’t that easy. Apart from the fact that you cannot see them, they also adapt very well to the humidity and warmth found in homes. They also breed fast and if you happen to have pets in your home, then they become carriers as well as hosts for dust mites.
 
Dust mites in their lifetime produce waste that is over 200 times of its own body weight. That is not good news for us because our bodies are allergic to their waste. It causes itching, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and coughing. Finally, the allergies cause you to experience poor sleep because you find yourself waking several times during the night. To honest, you can never eliminate them from your home. However, you can take several steps to keep their numbers at a minimum.

Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites

1. Wash Bedding

Warm and moist bedding are one of the best habitats because of the dead skins we shed while in bed. The dust mites find these dead skin flakes to be a great source of nutrition. The good news is that dust mites do not like it when you expose them to dry air, high temperatures, or low temperatures. Machine-washing bed sheets at 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit is a great way to do that. Next, if you got a tumble dryer, you can spin-cycle them until they are fully dry. If you do that on a weekly basis, you will have dealt the dust mites a major blow.

2. Anti-Allergy Mattresses and Covers

Most experts estimate that a mattress on average is home to over 10,000 mites and in extreme cases, over a million. Irrespective of the exact figure, you can be sure even the cleanest mattress will have some dust mites has these tiny monsters. It's just not possible to keep a regular mattress free of dust mites. However, there are measures that you can take to make sure your body is not exposed to their decaying body matter and feces.
 
That is where a hypoallergenic mattress or anti-allergen mattress comes in handy. The hypoallergenic mattress is designed to kill the dust mites that come to live in it. The more affordable ant-allergen covers create a barrier between you and the mattress. They prevent your body's dead skin flakes and sweat from getting into the mattress. That starves the dust mites and keeps them from breeding excessively. It also helps act as a barrier separating your body from the dust mites in the mattress.

3. Don't Make Your Bed

Did you know that making your bed in the morning aids the dust mites to survive? Well, I guess that's good news to those of us who do not like to make our beds in the morning. Leaving the bedding as they are when you wake up allows the moist air that was trapped inside and in the fabric to escape.  Since dust mites absorb their water from the air, it means forcing them to live in dry bed sheets dehydrates them fast. They will either migrate to more moist environs or die.

4. Don't Use Feather Pillows and Duvets

Feather pillows are comfortable and that is why we easily rest our heads on them for eight straight hours. Unfortunately, they are not easy to wash, the dust mites love the comfortable, and moist environment the feathers provide. To have a greater control on the dust mites, we need to invest in a hypoallergenic pillow. The same goes for a feather duvet. It's comfortable for you and the mites. If you want to give the dust mites a hard time and make their number plummet, you need to get rid of the feather duvets.  Replace them with hypoallergenic duvets that are inhabitable to dust mites.

5. Cleaning Carpet or Using Hard Flooring

Carpets are one of the biggest breeding grounds for dust mites. Apart from the fact that they are mostly warm and dump, they are also full of pet dander and dead skin, which is food for the dust mites. The solution to minimizing the presence of dust mites in carpets is to vacuum it regularly. Do it at least every two weeks and use HEPA, (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) Vacuum filters to protect you. The HEPA are not 100% effective against dust mites but they can help to protect you. The other alternative is to use sprays and treatment to kill the dust mites periodically.
 
If you want to eliminate dust mites, you should consider using hard flooring. Dust mites hate the feel of the cold hard floor because it is both dry and cold. They have nowhere to hide and cleaning the guard flooring even with a mop soaked in detergent is enough them. Dump the mite invested carpets and replace them with hard flooring in the trash and you will have rid your floors of dust mites.

6. Control Humidity and Temperature

Something you need to know about dust mites is that they enjoy living in places whose temperature range between 24°C to 27°C (75°F to 80°F) with a relative humidity of 70% to 80%. If you subject them to anything outside of that, they may not die but they will be forced to look for another comfort zone.
 
In that regard, you can try to keep your home temperature to about 70°F (21°C), which is normal for humans. Unfortunately, for dust mites, that is a little bit cold. You will save money as well as keep the dust mite population low. Next, you need to keep the humidity of your home to less than 50%. Dust mites love it when it gets closer to about 70%. Use an electronic humidity monitor and use a dehumidifier or air-conditioning units to bring humidity levels down to 50% relative humidity.

7. Pets

Pets are the biggest culprits when it comes to spreading dust mites. They lie on the carpets, jump onto seats and run into your bedroom. It can be difficult to control dust mites even with through cleaning if you cannot control the pets. Make sure you wash the pets regularly and keep them away from the bedroom. Train them to keep off seats, especially the dogs. If possible, make a kernel for them to sleep in the garage.

Conclusion

Overall, dust mites can be controlled if you keep the carpet clean. You can get professional carpet cleaners to do the job for you. To make the whole dust mite control campaign successful, do it all at once. Clean the bedding, carpets, pets, and curtains. If you believe the infestation was massive, get rid of soft furnishings and cushions. That will allow you to get a head start. Otherwise, one item can easily transfer the dust mites to the rest, more so if you have pets at home. We hope this article has been informative and you now know what to do.

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Sink Cleaning Tips

There are few things more frustrating than a dirty kitchen or bathroom sink. The problem with them is that they almost always smell, to boot.  This can inhibit you from actually enjoying using your sink to cook --or in the case of a bathroom sink--brush your teeth (or soak your dentures).  You will sooner or later hate looking at it because it's gotten so rusty and filthy, and you are overwhelmed about how to clean it.  This post will suggest that the easiest way to clean it is to follow an overall regimen daily--or at least weekly--to keep it clean and ready for use. Consider the following tips:

1.  Scrub your sink out

This is something you can do daily. As the Reader's Digest suggest, a common misconception about sinks is that they are self-cleaning because of all the soap and water that goes down them. Nothing can be further from the truth!  Food deposits, soap stains, grime, or toothpaste stains-- if the sink in question is your bathroom sink--if left untreated, can lead to rusting and waterspots forming by default.  Scrub a bathroom sink after every 30 uses, and a kitchen sink slightly more often because you have food going down it every day. 

2.  Don't let dishes sit overnight.

Dirty dishes with stuck-on food piled high are a recipe for not only a smelly sink but also for mass clutter that can make meal preparation hardly something to which you can look forward.  For you have to first clean all the dirty dishes, put them away, then start the chore of cooking.  The longer the dishes sit, the more the residue of last night's tacos, or pizza, or whatever, hardens. Consequently, that leads to the more time spent cleaning the kitchen before you begin to cook.  So wash those dishes while the amount of them is small.  The danger here is that if you don't, then keep in mind that the stuck on food that you allow hardening eventually will have to go down the drain.  So much residue from stuck on food can damage the inward part of your sink, perhaps adding to the wear and tear of it. 

3.  Keep the porcelain of your sink maintained

The Reader's digest website suggests you should line your sink with paper towels then soak them with bleach.  Let these towels sit for a half-hour, then get rid of them, running the sink with running water.  Be careful about using bleach to clean the porcelain sink off if the color of the porcelain is anything but white, for that is a good way to discolor it. 

4.  Pour bleach down your sink's drain

Remember here that a little bit of bleach goes a long way. Don't overuse this chemical, it can smell up the whole house, and upset people whose lungs are sensitive to the smell.   Also, ventilate the house while doing it.  But also know that doing this can keep your drain clean and free from the stench of food.  A little bit of bleach--about half a capful--goes a long way.

5. Protect sinks from scratching and staining

As the Reader's Digest website further suggests, you should place a perforated plastic mat at the bottom of your sink's surface.  This will protect it from a natural sign of aging:  scratches and mars.  It will also keep the dishes clear from such damage.  Do not let residue from fruit, vinegar, salad dressing or any other food or condiment containing acid sit on your sink for an extended period of time.  If you find such a mess on the sink, get rid of it right away.

Everybody spills food or juice from food, particularly fruit, from time to time. But the key is to keep your eyes open.  Notice the spill, clean it up right away before it leaves a permanent scar that is all but totally indelible.

 Other hints

Vinegar and baking soda are your best friends.  
 
Vinegar is useful particularly on white spots that may appear on the porcelain.  According to the Readers Digest Website, these are lime deposits. They emanate from hard water mineral deposits.  These deposits are easily removed with vinegar. 

What if my problem is rust?

This is not something that should cause any degree of alarm.  If you find rust spots on your sink, some WD40 can help.  Put some on a cloth then wipe away at the rust stain.  On porcelain sinks, take some salt to it.  Pour it on half of a lemon, then rub it on the stain.  

 
Other Hints

As the Kitchn.com website points out, you should monitor your sink very carefully to make sure hair, grease, and soap residue stays out of your drain, to begin with.  But if they get in, be careful to take notice and deal with the situation immediately before it builds up and wreaks havoc on your sink.  In most severe cases, it may be best to invest in a good plumber.  After your plumber's work is done, be careful to keep your sink clear of such debris.  Part of this is faithfully cleaning it once a day, or at least once a week. 

References

http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/8-tips-for-cleaning-a-kitchen-or-bathroom-sink/
 
http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-clean-your-kitchen-less-often-and-enjoy-it-way-more-195852
 

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Bathtub Cleaning Tubs

This is a perennial problem for most homemakers--scum on tubs that won't come clean.  

Although this can be a tough, frustrating problem, there are solutions that can keep it under control.  First and foremost, the key is to rinse dirt residue from your body off the tub every time you bathe or shower.  As your mother probably told you, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Besides that, this post will present some practical other steps you can take to make sure that your tub stays fresh and clean.

Steps to Take

Indeed, there are things you can do to keep your tub clean.  The solution can be found in things you may have never thought of as cleaning supplies.  For instance, as Bob Vila suggests, while you can use fresh, clean, warm water as a surface cleaning agent, wiping it down with a squeegee or microfiber rag, you can also employ a cooking ingredient such as white vinegar, mixing it with warm water.  Place this mixture in one of those spray bottles.  Spray it on, wiping it down with a squeegee or a sponge.  
 
I would not suggest a squeegee rather than a sponge because if you use the latter, remember that sponges hold germs.  That could add more trouble because germs can cause skin diseases you may not want to experience. 
 
If you're one of those people who tend to put off cleaning your bathroom for weeks at a time, remember that you may have to use agents that will provide a deeper clean, for hard water stains can easily form.  Baking soda comes in handy, according to Vila.  Sprinkle it on in conjunction with the vinegar and water solution.  Scrub it with a soft cloth.  Do this until you've made it into a paste.  Then let your newly-formed paste sit for 15 minutes. 

Hard Water Stains

As  Vila further states, the hard water treatment plan includes dipping paper towels in white vinegar.  Do not dilute the vinegar.  It should be used full-strength.  Place soaked towels on the stains.  Take a 2-hour break while allowing the solution to work.  Then return and scrub the stains right off.  When scrubbing use the baking soda and vinegar paste. Then rinse clean.

Other Tips

According to Readers Digest, you can also use cream of tartar for a bathtub cleaning.  Fill up a small cup or dish with cream of tartar.  Then add hydrogen peroxide.  Stir it steadily until thick paste forms.  Then apply to the troublesome stain. Then let it dry. 
 
Did you know that common kitchen table salt also works?  You can also use another common household product:  shampoo, which contains soap.  These are easy ways to clean up your bathroom tub.

Conclusion of the Matter

All this being said, remember some safety rules when cleaning your bathroom.  Do not use anything with chemicals in it, such as ammonia, or Clorox Cleanup, which contains bleach--without ventilating your house.  Open some windows, and allow the air to kill the odor.  If you breathe in the fumes, or if the gasses come into contact with your skin, you could become very sick.  In some cases, you could even die. 
 
Short of that, if you have breathing problems--like I do (I have bronchitis)--it is especially important that you ventilate the area really well before leaving it.  
 
Above all, the most important item is maintenance.  After you've been in the tub--rinse your personal residue away with warm water and a fiber cloth.  Do it every time.  Even given that you follow these tips, you will still need to deep clean your tub, but if you rinse all the time and not let dirt, hair, grime, scum, and other such problems sit--when it's time for deep cleaning, the process will be easier. 

 References

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/cleaning-bathtub/#.WKD10fhOmUk
 
http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/6-household-items-for-a-sparkling-bathtub/
 

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Toilet Cleaning Tips

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We all know that toilet cleaning is everybody’s least favorite job. But it really doesn’t have to be such a dastardly chore if you just know about a few handy hints on how to make it easier and more effective. Now, to be sure, there are tons of commercial toilet bowl cleaning products on the market, however, most of them contain very strong bleach and some pretty nasty chemicals. So, we put together some helpful hints for a clean sparkling throne that anybody can enjoy without strong chemicals or noxious smells. Some get it cleaner, some make it sparkle, and still others make it smell terrific. So, here are a few toilet cleaning hints to try:

1. Peroxide

Skip the harsh chemicals that you might usually put it your toilet to get it clean and just disinfect it with hydrogen peroxide. Pour it in, let it work for about 30 minutes, and then flush.

2. Toilet Bombs

Make some awesome toilet bowl cleaning bombs by combining tea tree oil, baking soda, and vinegar. Toss it in and enjoy that foaming effect, knowing that your toilet will turn out sparkling clean.

3. Alka Seltzer

You can also clean your toilet effortlessly by dropping two Alka Seltzer tablets in and leaving them for about 5 to 15 minutes. How long is actually needed is dependent on how long they take to dissolve. Then swirl it around with a toilet bowl brush and flush.

4. Pumice Stone

Tired of looking at that unsightly ring in your toilet bowl? Well, you can get rid of it by using a toilet pumice stone. This is very effective but we would recommend trying a few of the “effortless” suggestions first and use the pumice stone only as a last resort.

5. Gatorade

Here’s another effortless way for getting rid of the calcium and lime buildup in your toilet that looks really gross. Just pour a bottle of Gatorade in and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then flush to eliminate those nasty buildup problems.

6. Grapefruit

Now, if you want something that cleans like a dream and smells fantastic, too, then try this trick. Cut a grapefruit in half and dip it in a copious amount of salt. Then, just scrub your toilet with it and enjoy the scent of grapefruit instead of that bleachy smell you get from commercial cleaners. 

7. Borax & Castille Soap

Mixing some Borax and Castille soap together will make a great toilet cleaning foam. And, don't forget to use a toilet brush or an old toothbrush for really getting up under the rim and cleaning the siphon jets.  

8. Clearing Clogs-

Sometimes your toilet gets clogged and a plunger doesn't work, you can't find it, or you simply don’t have one, so here's what you can do. Just pour some dish soap and hot water in the toilet and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then flush. Make sure it's not boiling water, however, as that might crack your toilet bowl.

9. Vinegar

In the event that you have really hard water and perhaps an older toilet with an ugly lime ring, you may have exhausted all the common cleaning ideas like bleach, brillo pads, Comet, and everything in-between with no success. Don't worry though because all you have to do is pour a bottle of apple cider vinegar in the toilet bowl and leave it overnight without flushing. When you flush in the morning, that nasty ring should be gone and with no work whatsoever. 

10. Denture Tablets

OK, so you might not wear dentures, but keeping some denture cleaner in your house could be a great idea. The effervescent power can clean all kinds of things around the house, especially toilets. Just drop two tablets into the toilet bowl and leave them for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, give it a quick scrub with a toilet brush and flush. Voila! Sparkling clean. 

11. Cola

Have you ever poured Coke or Pepsi on raw hamburger meat and watched it eat it? Well, cola can do the same for your toilet. Pour a bottle in and let it sit for a few hours, then flush and watch those hard water and lime stains disappear.  

12. Toothpaste

A company's coming and you don't have anything to clean your toilet with. No problem, just clean it with some toothpaste and a brush and it will sparkle like new.  

Your cleaning experience

So, as you can see, you can clean your toilet with things that you probably already have in your cupboard. You'll also find that your toilet cleaning experience will be a lot less of a chore and, well, you probably still won't like having to clean the toilet but maybe you'll find that you dislike it a little bit less.  

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Benefits to Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning is a necessity for your health, especially if you suffer from allergies. Even if you don't, it is also important to keep the air you breathe in your home--not to mention people who regularly come over to visit--clean.  Plus it makes your carpet more attractive.  In fact, there are apartments whose leases require that your carpet is cleaned at least once every year. This post will present a strong case for using a carpet cleaning service, instead of doing it yourself.   

Professional Steam Cleaning Benefits

According to About.com carpet expert Cheryl Simmons, a professional carpet cleaning service will use a truck-mounted hose that will go into multiple apartments within a given complex.  They also use portable machines but are more skilled at their use.  They know exactly how much cleaning fluid to use because only a certain amount can be used.  Otherwise, you run the risk of over-wetting the floor.  If the water is too wet, it may be harder to get the water up and your carpet could mildew, which could leave you in worse condition than if the carpet were not cleaned at all.

The right temperature

The second benefit is that a professional carpet cleaning service will understand that a carpet cleaner must be heated to a certain temperature in order to be effective.  Failure to heat it to that temperature can result in an inefficient cleaning job.  This is because that without heating to the temperature required to be effective can result in water not being removed efficiently enough.  If water is not removed easily, then neither is the dirt.  The dirt, consequently, will remain in the air and continue to affect the residents' health negatively.

Faster & More Efficient

The third benefit is that professional carpet cleaning is on the whole faster and more efficient.  They can treat carpets more efficiently than their DIY counterparts.  A professional carpet cleaner understands the tested and proven methods associated with their trade.  They use equipment and methods that have been tested and approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute.  They use portable machines which are strong suction vacuum cleaners that allow deep cleaning because they extract dirt and dust mites that are hidden to the naked eye but can still be allergenic to some people. 

Save time

The fourth advantage to professional carpet cleaning over DIY is that you save yourself a lot of back breaking labor.  The cleaners--at least the ones who work for the best companies--are required to move your furniture themselves--without charging you a dime.  Otherwise, if you decide to do it yourself, you will have to do the same exercise every few months, and have to risk damaging your back by bending and by carting heavy furniture across the floor.  

The fifth benefit

It improves air quality indoors.  DIY machines, sorry to say, are not as good because they don't do the deep cleaning necessary for the improvement of the air quality in your home. You may think that a good old fashioned vacuuming or use of a DIY machine can clean your carpet.  It only does a surface cleaning, which extracts only the dust you can see.  What you want is a more thorough cleaning.  It is worth the money that you will spend in the long run.

Sixth and last but not least...

Professional carpet cleaners guarantee their work.  The best ones will send their workers out to give you a complimentary cleaning if for some reason you are dissatisfied with the quality of their work.  For example, if they left too much water, and your floor is excessively wet after their cleaning, they will give you a free or half-price recleaning. How do you find these who will do this?  You have to ask around until you find a service that answers "yes" to the question of is there a guarantee.

Putting It All Together

You very well may have to spend some money to get a professional carpet cleaning versus doing it yourself.  But think of it as an investment in your health, as well as your family's. You will save money on doctor's visit due to visits to the allergists and lung specialists later down the line because you continued to breathe in dust and other air pollutants.  Clearly, utilizing professional carpet cleaning services is the way to go.

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