Chemical Free Cleaning: My Experience Using Laundry Balls & Dishwasher Disks With Ceramic Cleaning Beads

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Chemical-free cleaning is becoming more and more popular.But today's post goes way beyond homemade laundry detergent and DIY fabric softener recipes.Lately, everyone's talking about using tiny beads to clean clothes in your washing machine and to clean dishes in your dishwasher. I'm one of them.I recently purchased a set of laundry balls and a dishwasher disk. Both of these products are filled with tiny cleaning beads that magically remove stains and odors without using ANY … [Read more...]

How To Clean A Sponge: 4 Most Effective Ways To Kill Germs & Bacteria On Kitchen Sponges

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I finally found the absolute best kitchen sponges... ever!Honestly, I never thought kitchen sponges mattered all that much to me.I've been using the same brand of sponges for years -- until recently.See why I switched, what I switched to, and what I've learned about how to clean a sponge...Kitchen sponges are the No. 1 source of germs in the whole house. Why? The moist, micro-crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs and … [Read more...]

How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances And Remove Scratches

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Stainless steel is all the rage these days when it comes to kitchen appliances.However, as slick and shiny as stainless steel appliances are, keeping them that way isn't always easy.In no time, they seem to collect sticky fingerprints and smears. Unfortunately, you're left with a visible record of every time the refrigerator door has been opened.Stainless steel requires careful cleaning in order to maintain its luster. Abrasive cleaners or those containing chlorine can cause … [Read more...]

How To Clean Marble Countertops & Bathroom Vanities Without Scratching And Dulling

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As you probably know, it is very easy to damage cultured marble. All it takes is placing something too hot (like a curling iron left on the counter too long, or a little cigarette burn) or even just setting something sharp (like a barrette) on the counter, and then when you pick it up you inadvertantly scratch the marble countertop by accident. Another way that you can quickly damage a cultured marble countertop is by not cleaning it properly.Here is the proper way to clean a cultured marble … [Read more...]

How To Restore Shine To A Marble Countertop Or Bathroom Vanity That Is Scratched & Dull

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We got this question the other day... Help! I think I've ruined the cultured marble countertop in my bathroom! It's still white, and looks clean, but it's got tiny scratches all over it. I've only used soft rags to clean it (once I might have used the softest scrubber I could find). I recently used Soft Scrub to clean it, and now our marble countertop is no longer glossy/shiny like before. Is there any hope for restoring the surface of this countertop back to its original shine? If you've ever … [Read more...]

The Best Cleaning Products …From Someone Who Cleans Houses For A Living

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Trying to choose a good cleaner can be a hassle because the store shelves are full of so many different cleaners, and a lot of them basically do the same thing.Personally, I clean about 200 homes in a year's time -- not including my own home. So I use a lot of cleaning products.I have tried a variety of different cleaning products, but I usually stick to the ones that I think are the best.These household cleaners work the best, in my opinion: … [Read more...]

How To Remove Stubborn Bathtub Stains Like Hair Dye And Other Permanent Inks And Dyes

Got an email from a visitor to this site the other day:I'm hoping you could give us some insight here. Our son used a permanent purple hair dye, and very badly stained our vinyl tub surround [it's BRAND new] that is only 6 months old. We no longer have the manufacturers info on the tub, so ANY help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for having the site. -- M.W.Since I seem to be on a mission to document every possible way that Magic Erasers can be used to solve unique … [Read more...]

What Are Those Black Lines Around The Edges Of My Carpet?

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Ever wonder what those black lines are along the edges of your carpet -- at the baseboards and under doorways?The black lines are a result of filtration soil.Filtration soiling is pollution that comes from dirty ductwork and settles on your carpet.  Filtration Soiling 101 According to ProCare, the premium carpet & upholstery care specialists: … [Read more...]

Bissell Carpet Cleaners Are The Best… Especially The Bissell Proheat Steam Cleaner!

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With two dogs in the house 24/7, we NEED a powerful carpet cleaner more often than we'd like to admit!I can't tell you just how many times I've used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up even the toughest of pet stains.If you're wondering how it works, and whether or not it's worth the money, consider this...We've used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up "pet stains" including:blood urine diarrhea vomit mud  … [Read more...]