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Microwave Uses To Help With Cleaning

5 Ways Your Microwave Can Help With the Housework

Sure it’s great for heating up leftovers and giving a baked potato a head start, but it’s the microwave’s lesser-known uses that make it an excellent household helper. Here are a few things we bet you didn’t know your microwave could do:

Sterilize sponges. Your dish sponge smells like last night’s dinner, and detergent won’t help. Time to toss it, right? Wrong. Pour a dash of white vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl of water, soak the sponge, and then heat it in the microwave on high for a minute. The heat will deodorize and disinfect the sponge—even after wiping up raw egg or chicken.

Clean the cutting board. How can you tell if you’ve washed the cutting board thoroughly enough after preparing raw meat? Eliminate the guesswork by sterilizing it in the microwave. Wash it first, rub it with lemon, then heat on high for one minute.

Soften sweeteners. Hardened brown sugar and crystallized honey don’t need to be thrown away, they just need to be heated. Sprinkle a bit of water into the brown sugar bag and heat the whole thing on high for 20 seconds. To return honey to its liquid form, remove the lid and heat the jar on medium for 30-60 seconds.

Speed up bread baking. Bread bakers know that yeast dough can take at least an hour to rise. Cut that time down to 15 minutes by proofing the dough in the microwave. Put the dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Position a cup of water at the back of the microwave before placing the bowl inside. At a low temperature, heat for 3 minutes, pause for 3 minutes to let the dough rise, then heat for another 3 minutes. Allow the dough to rise for another 6 minutes or until it doubles in size.

Relieve aches and pains. Warm up gel or herb-filled heating pads to soothe sore heads and tummies, and to reinvigorate tired muscles.

Sources: Realsimple.com, DIY.com

This article was published in Reader’s Digest

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Slide 8 of 31: A slip of the knife here, an overzealous fork there, and suddenly you’ve got a stack of unsightly scratched plates in your kitchen. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your plates look brand new again with some baking soda. Simply make a paste of baking soda and water, buff it into the scratches, and in no time, your dishes will look as good as new.

Un-scratch your plates with baking soda.

A slip of the knife here, an overzealous fork there, and suddenly you’ve got a stack of unsightly scratched plates in your kitchen. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your plates look brand new again with some baking soda. Simply make a paste of baking soda and water, buff it into the scratches, and in no time, your dishes will look as good as new.

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5 Spots You’ll Probably Clean After Reading This!

1. Dishwasher

“People forget to deep clean their dishwashers,” says Melissa Maker, the blogger and YouTuber behind Clean My Space. “We think because they’re a ‘cleaning appliance’ that they’re inherently clean, but that’s not the case. If your dishes come out with food particles or water spots, or if the appliance smells, it’s a good sign that it’s time to clean your dishwasher.”

Top Comment:“I clean houses and buildings…alot of people miss behind the toilet and the wall…under the rim the part that has the tank sitting on it…it gets pretty yucky so if you’re wondering why your restroom smells that’s the reason”— Leticia R. Comment

Remove and clean the filter. Remove the filter from the bottom of the dishwasher—if you don’t know where it is, Google your model and pull up the manual to learn how to disassemble it. Soak it in hot, soapy water, then scrub it with a cleaning toothbrush.

Clean the cavity. Next, spray the interior frame of the dishwasher with all-purpose cleaner and allow it to soak. The area underneath the dishwasher door and the door frame can get gunky, so give these areas extra attention. After they’ve soaked for a few minutes, scrub the inner cavity down.

Clean removable parts. Remove the cutlery basket and clean it with hot soapy water and a dish brush.

Use a dishwashing tablet. Finish off by using a cleaning tablet on an empty cycle. Once done, your dishes will come out cleaner and the dishwasher shouldn’t smell anymore.


2. Picture Frames and Wall Decorations

Debra Johnson, Cleaning Expert for Merry Maids, says there are a few places dust and allergens can hide around your home, including on picture frames and other wall decorations.

“I often find that people forget to dust their homes as frequently as they should,” she says. “I recommend doing a deep dusting in those areas you neglect throughout the rest of the year—especially right before allergy season kicks in.”

It’s a quick and easy task when you follow her tips:

Dust them down. Start by dusting picture frames and other knickknacks on shelves and mantels with a dry microfiber cloth.

Clean the surface. Remove these items from the table or shelf where they normally sit, then use a dry microfiber cloth to dust the surface. You can then put them back into place.

Tackle wall decor. Remove any pictures or decorations from your walls and use a dry microfiber cloth to dust them. Wipe down the area behind each decoration, as well, before hanging it back up.


3. Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal gets rid of unwanted food, but little bits and pieces can get left behind, says Donna Smallin Kuper of Unclutter. If your disposal smells funky, it’s definitely time to deep clean it.

Here’s what Kuper recommends:

Try a quick fix. Put a cup of ice cubes and some salt (to help melt the ice) into your garbage disposal. You can add lemon rind, if you happen to have it—this will give your kitchen a nice, fresh scent. Turn on the disposal and grind until the ice is gone.

Deep clean the appliance. To more thoroughly clean your garbage disposal, add ¼ cup baking soda to drain. Heat up 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the microwave, then pour it on top of the baking soda. Let it bubble for a few minutes. Flush with hot water.

Don’t forget the flap. “The part of the disposal that rarely gets cleaned is the underside of the flaps that prevent food from flying out,” Kuper says. To be safe while cleaning these flaps, it’s best to unplug your garbage disposal, and remember to never put your hand in the drain. Instead, lift the flaps all the way around so you have access to the underside. Spray generously with all-purpose cleaner. Use a scrubby sponge to remove any grime. Rinse with hot water, then set the flaps back into place.


4. Baseboards

Becky Rapinchuk, who runs the blog Clean Mama, says people often forget to clean baseboards—the strips of covering that hide the place where wall meets floor. The area is small, but it can collect dirt, dust, and allergens all the same.

Here’s how she proposes cleaning them:

Start by vacuuming. Use a vacuum cleaner with a dusting attachment to go over the edges of your baseboards.

Wash them down. Next, create a mixture of 4 or 5 cups of warm water and a few teaspoons of gentle liquid soap, if safe for your baseboards’ finish. Dunk a microfiber cloth into the soapy water, then wring it out well. Use it to wipe the baseboards, taking care to keep any excess water off the floor or walls. Dry as you go.


5. Ceiling and Ceiling Fan

Johnson also recommends cleaning both your ceiling and ceiling fan to prevent dust build-up:

Get rid of cobwebs. Use a microfiber cloth or vacuum to remove cobwebs in corners and along the edges of the ceiling.

Clean the fan. Turn the ceiling fan off, and dust along the blades with a microfiber cloth. Remember to get the top, edges, and bottom of the blades, as well as the mount.

Vacuum the room. Chances are you’ll knock some dirt and dust onto the floor during this process, so finish cleaning by vacuuming.

https://food52.com/blog/24019-how-to-deep-clean-guide-missed-spots-home

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TIPS~ Cleaning Air Filter For Car

If you want a clean car air filter, there are simple tips to follow. Doing your own maintenance on your air filter will save you time and money and you don’t have to worry about replacing it. After you clean your air filter it will be as good as new.

1. Degreaser

Make sure you soak the air filter in a mixture of degreaser and water. Don’t use pure degreaser. It’s important that the degreaser is thoroughly mixed with water or it can eat through the paper in the air filter.

When you clean your air filter give the mixture plenty of time to work. The filter needs to soak for at least 15 minutes in order to remove all the dirt and grease.

2. Drying

A red car on the road.

As you clean the car air filter, leave it to dry completely before replacing it in your vehicle. If you put it in and start up the engine before the filter is absolutely dry you can end up damaging your engine.

3. Replacing

You can’t keep cleaning the same cheap filter forever. Be aware that periodically you will need to replace your filter. When you clean your car air filter you should also clean out the air filter box. Use degreaser and paper towels for this. Do this every time you clean the air filter for the best results.

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Amazing Cleaning Hacks

Make your sink fixtures gleam with wax paper.

Though they’re the place where we clean dishes and silverware, sinks are among the dirtiest places in the home. In fact, a 2017 study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology reveals that many sinks—even those in hospitals—are crawling with drug-resistant bacteria. Not to mention that the constant wear-and-tear we put on our sinks often means they look less-than-clean, even after they’ve been disinfected.

So, what’s the solution? After sanitizing your sink with an antibacterial cleanser, polish your faucets and tap handles with some wax paper. Not only will this help remove water spots, but the wax will also help prevent future stain

Clean your vents with Turtle Wax.

Though they often go ignored during the cleaning process, your vents accumulate a surprising amount of dust and debris, especially during the summer and winter when they’re most in use. But all you need to get them looking good as new is a little bit of Turtle Wax.

According to Stephanie Dulgarian, the blogger behind Somewhat Simple, this wax “works great and makes the vents easy to clean because the dust just wipes right off.”

Clean your blender with soap.

Cleaning a blender is a perilous activity at best. The tedious task essentially involves sticking your hand into a bowl full of knives and hoping for the best every time you try to remove the remnants of that kale smoothie from your blades.

But it’s actually easy to remove that stuck-on gunk by pouring some warm water, a little baking soda, and a little dish soap in your blender and pulsing it for a few seconds. Afterward, just give it a good rinse or pop it in the dishwasher to get it looking like brand new once again. And when you want to make your home spotless from the ground up

Clean your TV screen with a dry cloth.

Never, ever spray chemicals like Windex or even water directly onto your sensitive TV screen. Instead, “gently wipe the screen with a dry cloth to remove dust and other debris, but don’t press too hard,” suggests John Walsh, a photographer with Consumer Reports who cleans 250-plus televisions a year. For those tougher stains, you can use a slightly dampened cloth—but again, do not apply water directly to the screen lest you want to damage the television.

Never overload your dishwasher.

Nobody wants to load and unload two rounds of dishes in the dishwasher when they could just shove all of their dirty plates and silverware into one. However, cramming everything into one load will result in dirtier dishes in the long run. That’s according to a 2015 study published in the Chemical Engineering Journal, which found that overloaded dishwashers resulted in less effective cleanings. Better to save yourself the frustration of unloading unclean dishes and do things right the first time.

Use cleaning wipes the right way.

Cleaning wipes are both cost-effective and time-saving, but only when used properly. So what is the right way to use a cleaning wipe? Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should let a disinfected surface remain wet for approximately 3 to 5 minutes before patting it dry in order to ensure the proper removal of germs. And though it’s convenient to use a single wipe all over the house, you should only use one wipe per surface so as to avoid cross-contamination

Remove carpet stains with vinegar and a steam iron.

Carpet stains are all too common, especially in households with lots of little ones. Luckily, all you need is some vinegar, some water, and a steam iron in order to eliminate any unsightly spots. Just mix vinegar and water in a 1:3 ratio, apply it to the stain, and then cover the stain with a wet cloth before steaming it for 30 seconds or so. This should have your carpet looking good as new in mere minutes

And clean up your keyboard with a toothbrush and some vinegar.

You’d be amazed by how much bacteria lives on your computer keyboard. One 2018 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health tested various keyboards both before and after cleaning them and found that prior to the disinfecting process, they contained strains of everything from Bacillus (which can cause a host of diseases) to Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause an upper respiratory tract infection).

Though adding your keyboard to your list of things to clean might be the last thing you want to do, the good news is that it’s relatively easy to cross this task off your to-do list. All you have to do is dip a toothbrush in a half vinegar/half water solution and scrub-a-dub-dub both on and between those keyboard keys to eliminate any germs.

Suck your baby’s pacifier clean.

Your baby’s pacifier is going to need cleaning every now and again. However, if your preferred pacifier cleaning method is with soap and water, you might want to rethink your process. One 2018 study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting interviewed 128 mothers over the course of 18 months and found that the children of mothers who cleaned pacifiers via their own saliva (as compared to hand-washing them and sterilizing them) had lower IgE levels, which are linked to allergic responses. “We believe the effect may be due to the transfer of health-promoting microbes from the parent’s mouth,” study author and allergist Edward Zoratti explained in a press release.

Protect your pillows with pillow protectors.

The bad news: Your pillows are teeming with everything from bacteria to dead skin to dust mites. The good news: Keeping them clean isn’t that hard. In addition to washing your pillowcases once a week and washing the pillows themselves on a monthly basis, buying antimicrobial zippered pillow protectors can help keep your bed free of any unwanted microscopic guests

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Things That Are Germy~That You Should Be Cleaning

Kitchen Sponges and Dish Towels 

Yes, it’s true, the germiest room in your home is likely your kitchen. And it gets even worse—studies have shown that your dish sponge is the germiest, most bacteria-filled item in your home. It’s a breeding ground for bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. However, since microwaving sponges has proven ineffective at disinfecting sponges, the safest bet is to simply replace your sponge every week. And if your sponge hangs out in a holder all day long, don’t forget to disinfect that, too. 

When it comes to disinfecting, dish towels are better than sponges, because they can be sanitized frequently using bleach or the sanitizing cycle on your washing machine. To keep germs in check, swap out cloth kitchen towels for a fresh set every other day. 

Toothbrush Holder

After the kitchen, the second most germ-ridden room in your home is easily the bathroom, and surprisingly, the toothbrush holder is proven to be one of the germiest items. All types of microorganisms can be found on this container (we’re talking strep, listeria, and E. coli) that are easily transferred from your toothbrush to the holder. If you have a holder that is dishwasher-safe, clean it once a week on the sanitizing cycle. If your toothbrush holder isn’t designed to survive the dishwasher, give it a thorough hand wash with soap and hot water. It’s also a good practice to wipe down your toothbrush holder once a week with a disinfecting wipe. If you’re wondering about that toothbrush of yours, you need to replace it every three to four months, even sooner if you’ve been sick.

Pet Bowls

If you’re washing your pet’s feeding bowl just once a week, that’s six days too late according to experts. Dogs and cats have lots of unsanitary habits, and their water and feeding bowls are a breeding ground for uninvited and unwanted microorganisms. Just as you eat your daily meals off of a clean dish and drink from a clean cup, so should your furry friend. That’s right, food and water bowls should be thoroughly washed and sanitized (not just rinsed with water), every single day. You can either sanitize these items in the dishwasher, or wash them by hand with hot sudsy water. Once a week, these items should also be soaked for 10-15 minutes in a mixture of water and bleach (a gallon of water to each capful of bleach), then air-dried.

Kitchen Sink

Remember all those nasty germs and microbes lurking on your kitchen dish sponge? Well, chances are they’re living in your sink as well. All of the germs from raw meat and other foods pass through this neglected area of your kitchen. Put this area on your radar and create a regular routine of washing and disinfecting the bottom and sides of the sink once or twice a week.

At least once a month you should also clean your kitchen sink drain and disposal by creating a solution of one quart of water to one teaspoon of bleach and pouring it down the drain.

Bathroom Faucet Handle

You know those touch-less, motion-activated bathroom faucets that have popped up in bathrooms across the country? They’re actually not a bad idea if you want to avoid picking up unwanted germs and bacteria from the faucet. When you think about it, it’s no surprise your bathroom faucet is dirty: you go to the bathroom, and now your hands are dirty. You turn on the faucet with dirty hands, and once you’re done washing, you turn off the faucet with clean hands. See the conundrum here?

Your best bet is to invest in a motion-activated faucet, but if your faucet is “old school” you need to clean it, and often. To keep the bacteria at bay, disinfect your faucet with a spray or wipes every single day. Try keeping a pack of wipes right in your bathroom cabinet to make this daily chore even easier.  

Remotes and Electronics 

Because we touch them so often, remotes and electronics are covered in germs and bacteria. It’s a good practice to sanitize and disinfect these items with wipes (be sure to wring the liquid out first so you don’t damage the electronics) on a weekly basis. Cover your bases by wiping down remote controls, computer keyboards, video game controllers, touchscreen surfaces, computer mouses, smartphone covers, and tablet cases, using specialty wipes for electronics if necessary.

Handles, Light Switches, and Doorknobs 

It’s easy to neglect these small surfaces when conducting your routine
household cleaning, but they’re the perfect spot for germs to get passed around your household as each person opens the door or turns on the light. Use disinfecting wipes to clean and sanitize these areas weekly. We all slip up sometimes, but the best way to keep you and your family from falling prey to germs is to have a thorough cleaning routine and stick to it.

https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/things-should-disinfect

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