Simple Spring Cleaning Tip

Can you tell that I have Spring on the brain? I think the cold/chilly weather is getting to me! LOL! I have started my spring cleaning and have a tip (actually two) that have worked well for me over the years that I’d like to re-share:

Simple Spring Cleaning Tip

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1. Do what you like LEAST, first. For me, it’s the windows, blinds and window curtains. Hate may be a strong word, but it expresses how I feel about doing windows! So, when I begin my spring cleaning, I start with the windows and get that chore done. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and then I can move on to do the more enjoyable spring cleaning chores. And, in spite of the drudgery, I do love freshly clean windows. 🙂

I follow this principle with my regular weekly cleaning and in other areas of my life as well. I start with the most unpleasant task – whether it be cleaning, work related or whatever it is that I am dreading – and get it over with.

2. Use a timer. This is a tip you may have heard before, or even use already yourself. When I begin a task I set a timer for how long I think a particular task should take, then when the timer goes off, I stop what I am doing and move on to the next task. I’m not rigid about this, though. If I am almost done with a task, I will either reset the timer to finish the task at hand or just continue until I’m finished without restarting the timer. Then I set the timer for the next task, etc.

Using the timer helps me stay focused, motivated and on task. I also sometimes use it to make cleaning-up a game for my son. We “race” to see how much we can get done before the timer goes off. It’s amazing how much you can get done in 20 minutes or less!

What’s your favorite spring cleaning tip?

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How to Clean your LCD Computer Monitor

Did you know that there is a special way to clean your LCD computer monitor (or flat-panel screens)? These screens are not made of glass and are very delicate. If you are rough or use the wrong products you will scratch or permanently damage the screen.

LCDMonitor

Here is how you should clean your screen:

Before cleaning your screen, make sure the computer is shut down. Mist a soft, non-abrasive cloth with DISTILLED water and LIGHTLY wipe the screen. Let the screen dry completely before you close the screen (if you are cleaning a laptop computer) or begin using the computer again.

Here some “dos and don’ts” to keep in mind when cleaning your screen:

DO make sure the computer is shut down before cleaning. You will be able to see the screen better and make it easierto clean the screen.

DO use a gentle hand. If you press too hard you can permanently damage the screen.

DON’T use towels, paper towels, facial tissue or toilet tissue. It can permanently scratch the screen.

DON’T spray the screen directly. ALWAYS spray the cloth first. If the solution accidentally comes in contact with any wires they can be damaged.

DON’T use tap or mineral water. Using regular water will cause permanent white spots to appear on your screen.

DON’T use any type of alcohol for cleaning the screen. It, too, can cause damage to the screen.

One more thing: Distilled water should be more than adequate for cleaning your screen. Some people use water/vinegar solution to clean their screen (equal parts of each). Others use expensive, specialized cleaning solutions to clean their screens. Don’t bother with them. Unless you have a super filthy screen or it is sticky from food or whatever, they aren’t necessary.

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(Disclaimer: Use this tip at your own risk! I am not responsible for any damage that may or might occur from using this method to clean your screen. It is a suggestion only.)

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(Linked to Works for me Wednesday)

My 10 Favorite Uses for Vinegar

Did you know that vinegar is awesome? It’s cheap and yet very versatile. There are tons of uses for vinegar, but here are just 10 of them:

For Cleaning:

1. Keeps your tub clean and shiny. Follow the simple steps outlined in my post here.

2. Keeps the soap scum in your dishwasher at bay. Regularly run an empty dishwasher through a complete washing cycle with one cup of distilled white vinegar.

3. Keeps you clothes bright and fresh. All you have to do is add a 1/2 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle.

4. Keeps your windows clean. Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. Works just as well or even better than the leading name brand cleaners.

For Beauty and Health:

5. Keeps your hair clean. ‘Becca over at The Earthlings Handbook has a great tutorial on how to wash you hair with vinegar here.

6. Keeps your skin clear. Vinegar works as a great astringent. Just wash your face with a solution of half water and half vinegar.

7. Keeps those hiccups at bay. Drink one cup of water with a teaspoon of vinegar added. Bye bye hiccups!

For Food:

7. Keeps your eggs together. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to simmering water when making poached eggs.

8. Keeps your meat tenderized. Marinate your meats with vinegar for a few hours to overnight before cooking as usual. No need to rinse off vinegar before cooking.

For Fun:

9. Make homemade bubbles. Find the recipes for homemade bubbles and homemade bubble bombs here!

10. Blow up a balloon. Use vinegar to make carbon dioxide and blow up a balloon. Get the recipes on the Families with Purpose website here.

What are your favorite uses for vinegar?

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An Easy Way to Clean Your Bathtub

bathtubI have to start out by saying that I’m not a big fan of the Doctor Oz television show. There’s something a little too “pop-medicine” about it that I don’t like. (Plus most of the “games” he plays with the audience to get his point across are kinda corny!)

However, a couple of weeks ago there was an episode that caught my mother-in-law’s eye so she taped it. During the course of the show there was a segment dealing with germs and how to properly clean your surfaces to keep germs at bay. He offered this tip for cleaning and disinfecting your bathtub:

Fill your tub with water and 1 cup vinegar. Let soak overnight. In the morning drain the tub.

That’s it. The vinegar is more abrasive than other cleaners to get rid of the germs and leaves the tub with a nice shine.

Guess what? It works!

And it’s easy. No scrubbing or hurting your knees to get the tub clean. That so works for me!

Homemade Window Cleaner

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A long time ago, I found the following homemade Windex® recipe on a blog that is now defunct. It works very well and  more frugal than paying full price for the original! Not only that, it also makes the house smell so good with the essential oil added. 🙂

Homemade Window Cleaner

1 Spray Bottle
Rubbing Alcohol
Water
Essential oil, such as Eucalyptus or Rosemary oil

Fill the spray bottle half full with water and half full of the rubbing alcohol. Add 10-12 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Mix gently.  Now you can clean your mirrors and windows per usual!

And that’s it for this week’s Works for me Wednesday. 😉