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                             CLEAN UP TIPS
   To rid yellowing from white appliances, try this:  Mix together
   1/2 cup bleach, 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups of warm water. 
   Apply with a sponge and let set for 10 minutes.  Rinse and dry
   For quick clean-ups, clean with equal parts of water and
   household ammonia.
   Or try club soda.  It cleans and polishes at the same time.
   You can wax large appliances with car wax to make them shine and
   to remove small scratches.
   Instead of using commercial waxes, shine with rubbing alcohol.
   To rid cutting board of following smells: onion, fish smell, or
   garlic, cut a lime or lemon in two and rub the surface with the
   cut side of the fruit.
   Or make a paste of baking soda and water and apply generously,
   then rinse.
   Pots & Pans:
   To clean burnt and scorched pans, sprinkle liberally with baking
   soda, adding just enough water to moisten.  Let stand for several
   hours.  You can generally lift the burned portions right out of
   the pans.
   On non-stick cookware, stubborn stains can be removed by boiling
   2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1 cup of water
   for ten minutes.  Before using, season pan with salad oil.
   For copper pots, fill  a spray bottle with vinegar and add 3
   tablespoons of salt.  Then spray the solution on copper pot.  Let
   stand, then rub clean.
   Rub on Worcestershire sauce or catsup, and tarnish will
   Or dip lemon halves in salt and rub.
   Save time and money by using the cheapest brand of dish washing
   detergent available, but add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the
   dishwater.  The vinegar will cut the grease and leave your dishes
   To remove coffee or tea stains from fine china, rub with a damp
   cloth dipped in baking soda.
   To clean your dishwasher, run a cup of white vinegar through the
   entire cycle of the empty dishwasher to remove all soap film.
   When washing dishes by hand, add vinegar to the rinse water for a
   cleaner and brighter shine.
   Clogged Drains:
   To keep your drains unclogged from grease, pour a cup of salt
   water and a cup of soda into the drain followed by a pan of
   boiling water.  The grease will usually dissolve immediately and 
   open the drain.  
   Garbage Disposal:
   Grind orange rinds or a half lemon in the disposal to remove
   unpleasant odors.
   When washing crystal, rinse in 1 part vinegar to 3 parts  warm
   water.  Air dry.
   Stoves & Ovens:
   Keep salt near stove in case of a grease fire.  Following a
   spill, sprinkle with salt immediately.  When oven is cool, brush
   off burnt food and wipe with a damp sponge.
   An inexpensive oven cleaner:  Set oven on warm for about 20
   minutes, then turn off.  Place a small dish of full-strength
   ammonia on the top shelf.  Put a large pan of boiling water on
   the bottom shelf and let it sit overnight.  In the morning, open
   and air for a while before washing off with soap and water.  Even
   the hard baked-on grease will wash off easily.
   To help eliminate odors, fill a small bowl with charcoal (the
   kind used for potted plants)  and place it on a shelf in the
   refrigerator.  It will absorb odors rapidly.
   An open box of baking soda will absorb odors for at least a month
   or two.
   A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the
   refrigerator will eliminate odors.
   To prevent mildew from forming, wipe with vinegar.  The acid
   effectively kills the mildew fungus.
   Pull the refrigerator/freezer out three to four times a year to
   clean underneath.  Use your vacuum on the front of the coils and
   motor to remove dust and dirt.  Keeping the coils clean will make
   your refrigerator last longer and work better.  Don't forget to
   unplug the refrigerator while doing this.
   While cleaning, don't forget the  door gaskets.  This will make
   them last longer, but only clean with baking soda.  Harsh
   detergents or bleach will deteriorate them.
   Baking soda or club soda is excellent to clean stainless steel
   To remove water spots from a stainless steel sink, use a cloth
   dampened with rubbing alcohol. Spots on stainless steel also can
   be removed with white vinegar.
   If your kids leave toothpaste in sinks, take a washcloth and
   clean the sink and fixture with the paste.  
   Rub stainless steel sinks with lighter fluid if rust marks
   appear.  After the rust disappears, wipe with your regular
   kitchen cleaner.
   For a sparkling white sink, place paper towels across the bottom
   of your sink and saturate with household bleach.  Let sit for 1/2
   hour.  Rinse.  Never use bleach in colored porcelain sinks,
   because it will fade the color.  Clean with mild liquid
   detergents, vinegar, or baking soda.
   Rubbing alcohol will remove the dull hair spray haze from your
   bathroom mirrors.
   Use rubbing alcohol or kerosene to remove scum and spots from
   bathroom fixtures.
   Glass shower doors will sparkle if cleaned with white vinegar
   once a week.
   To clean shower surrounds without getting your hands wet, use a
   sponge mop.  Dip mop into a solution of 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 cup
   of clear ammonia, and 1/4 cup of baking soda and one gallon of
   warm water.  After cleaning, rinse with warm water.
   Lemon oil furniture polish will remove water spots on metal
   frames around shower doors and enclosures.
   Make your own ceramic-tile cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup of baking
   soda, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and one cup ammonia to a gallon
   of warm water in a bucket. Stir and apply with a sponge or brush. 
   This won't keep between cleaning, so you will need to make a
   fresh batch each time.  This can be harsh to your hands, so
   always wear rubber gloves when using.
   Tea kettle:
   To remove lime deposits, fill with equal parts of vinegar and
   water.  Bring to a boil and allow to stand overnight.
   Formica tops:
   Cleaning counter tops daily with a mild dish-washing liquid and
   water should keep them clean looking.
   Polish counter tops with club soda to make them sparkle.  Pour
   club soda on counter and clean with a soft cloth, rinse with
   water, and wipe dry.
   Clean windows with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white
   vinegar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a bucket of warm
   Shine windows with a newspaper.  It's cheap and easy.  For a
   really fine shine, after the windows are dry, rub a clean
   blackboard eraser over them.
   Clean windows on an average temperature day.  Too hot of a day
   will cause windows to streak.
   Dry windows outside in one direction and inside in the other
   direction.  If you see a streak, you will know if it is inside or
   To keep frost off windows, add 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or anti-
   freeze to each quart of water used. Rub the inside of windows
   with a sponge that has been dipped in the rubbing alcohol of
   anti-freeze.  Polish with newspapers or paper towels.
   Make your own spray cleaner by filling a spray bottle with 3
   tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon vinegar and cool water.  Add
   a drop or two of food coloring to look like the blue or green
   Eliminate sticky windows by dipping a small brush in petroleum
   jelly and paint it on the inside molding once a year.
   To clean window sills, pour a little diluted rubbing alcohol on a
   cloth and rub the entire surface.  The spots will disappear and
   the sills will look freshly painted.
   Wash walls from the bottom up, to avoid streaking.
   Use old socks as mitts for cleaning chair railing, crown
   moldings, stair castings.
   For the best wall cleaner, combine 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup white
   vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 gallon warm water.
   For cleaning rough plaster walls try using nylon or banlon socks
   instead of a sponge or cloth.  No small pieces will be left
   Take a water hose and spray the outside of your house.  This will
   remove most of the dust and cobwebs from your siding.  On
   textured siding attach a car-washing brush to the hose to remove
   Dust louvered doors by wrapping a cloth around a ruler.  Spray
   cloth with dusting spray and run the flat end across each louver.
   If your microwave needs a good cleaning try this:  In a cup of
   water add 2 tablespoons of either lemon juice or baking powder in
   a four - cup microwave safe container. Let mixture boil in
   microwave for about 4 to 6 minutes, then wipe walls and door
   clean with sponge or cloth.
   Wash small knickknacks instead of dusting.  It will save you time
   and they will be cleaner.  Swish them in soapy water, then rinse,
   set on towel to dry.
   To wash fragile objects, place them on a towel-covered tray and
   place in sink.  Spray them with window cleaner, then with water. 
   Let objects air dry on a dry towel.
   Before dusting wooden floors, spray a little wax on your dust
   mop. Floors will shine and dust will stick to mop.
   When washing extra muddy blue jeans, hose them down first with a
   garden hose before putting them in the wash.  You won't be
   washing the mud into the other clothes.
   Keep a large pail, filled with a presoak solution.  When clothes
   are going to need a soaking, place them in the pail till it's
   laundry time.  When you do laundry, the clothes will be ready to
   Rid perspiration odor from clothes with vinegar.  Apply vinegar
   to odor and then wash.
   Vinegar also will rid shine from the seat of dark pants and
   To remove an old hem line from clothing, pour vinegar on a
   sponge, dampen hem line, and then press.
   To remind yourself not to put an article of clothing in the
   dryer, attach a note to your washer's lid.  When you are removing
   clothes from the washing machine you'll be reminded of the
   article that you don't want to put in the dryer.   
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