In this changing, sometimes frightening world we live in, it seems that things are not getting any better. Just look at our economy, as prices go up it often seems that quality goes down, the money doesn’t go very far and nothing lasts as long. So in times like this we all could use a helping hand with some helpful and timely tips on housecleaning and money-saving ideas.
Would you believe that today’s housewife and mother spends an average of over 90 hours a week on maintaining and running a home? So I’m going to share with you a few tips to help you cut your work load and take a little of the burden off your overburdened pocket book. If your cash flow is low, you can apply for a credit line here: www.MyHomeDepotAccount.com Let’s start in the kitchen. We all know that oven racks are just as hard to clean as your outdoor grill, but they don’t have to be. An easy and safe method that I have found and works great is to soak those racks in your bathtub. Just filled it with hot water, add dishwasher brand detergent like Dawn and a little white vinegar to cut the grease. Now put your feet up for an hour or so while that dirt and grime soaks away! Rinse and presto you’re all done. But now that your racks are clean, how about the oven itself? For those of us who don’t have a self cleaning oven, an easy and efficient method is just to sponge on a generous amount of household ammonia before you go to bed and close the oven door. Please be sure and wear some gloves. The next morning, let the oven air out, and then wipe it clean with no fuss or mess.
If you’re like me, you hate scrubbing your blender because it is there a time consuming and frustrating. Why not try this simple solution. The next time you use it and are ready to clean it , just fill the blender about half way full with very hot water and a generous amount of dish washing liquid. Then toss in a couple of medium sized ice cubes which will dislodge any insistent pieces of food and turn it on and watch the magic.
How about those cutting boards, are they stained and ugly? All you need here is common laundry bleach to do the trick. Just put your cutting board in the sink full of warm water and a couple teaspoons of liquid bleach and scrub away. Be sure you wear gloves and rinse the board several times with very hot water to alleviate any and all traces of the bleach and your cutting board will look like new. While on the subject of bleach, try using some on those stains on your kitchen vinyl flooring. You’ll be surprised how easily the bleach lifts out food stains you’ve been trying to scrub away for months.
How about flooring? Carpets are hard to keep clean, not to mention the fact that they hold dust and dander causing allergy problems for many people. Hard surface flooring options are not only easier to clean, they are far more sanitary and durable. Thinking about changing the look of your flooring to hard surface? You can find tile wood and cork flooring at www.lumberliquidators.com. With hundreds of options to choose from you will likely find a hard surface flooring option to fit your home and families lifestyle.
Did you know that your frost free freezer gets dirty? Just because it doesn’t ice up doesn’t mean it doesn’t get dirty or collect odors. So here is a fast and easy way to clean it. Just mix 1/2 cup of isopropyl alcohol with a dish pan full of lukewarm water. The alcohol will loosen any ice matter and sponge away dirt and odors. But best of all, because alcohol evaporates rapidly, you don’t have to dry!