How to Clean a Shower

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Cleaning your bathtub or shower once a week can help prevent soap scum and mildew from building up. The materials you will need depend on what your shower or bathtub is made from (i.e. marble, porcelain, fiberglass). Be sure to check out “How to Clean Shower Heads” and “How to Clean Shower Curtains” to complete your shower’s transformation! What You’ll Need Ingredients for your cleaning solution (see below) Spray bottle Sponge or soft cloth Liquid fabric softener (optional) Cream of tartar (optional) Hydrogen peroxide (optional) Liquid disinfectant cleaner Diluted chlorine bleach Baking soda Old toothbrush Towel White vinegar Lemon cut…

How to Deodorize your Closets

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Between the shoes, boots, dirty jackets, coats, scarves, hats, and extra ‘junk’ crammed into the average person’s closet, odors are bound to become an issue sooner or later. Common Causes of Closet Odors Smelly shoes come to mind when you think of the most common problem in bedroom and coat closets. Stuffiness from lack of air circulation is another major factor. Putting even slightly damp clothing and linens in the closet can lead to mildew as well as the dampness activating the natural odors of the other fabrics or fragrances left behind from cleaning products. And, then, there are the…

How to Clean Your Closets

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Is everything in your linen closet except for your linens? That’s okay, you have towel racks. But if you’ve made up your mind to clean your closets and feel a little overwhelmed with where to start and what to do, here’s the help you need. Closet Cleaning, Step by Step Designate a space outside of your closet and then break up that space into four zones. The zones are for separating the items you’ll KEEP, the items you’ll TRASH, the items you’ll DONATE, and the items that DO NOT BELONG IN YOUR CLOSET. If you are interested in selling some…

How to Organize Your Closets

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The reason why your messy closet stresses you out so much is because you can’t easily see what you’re looking for. The keyword for organizing your closet is “visibility.” You’ll save time and energy if everything is in its proper place and easy to for you to see and find. Clothes Closets Whether you have a huge walk-in closet that’s bigger than an NFL locker room or a reasonably-sized armoire you bought at a department store, when you open the doors to get your clothes, you need to be able to see what’s there. Keep it simple. You want to…

How to Wash Dogs

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What do a stinky dog, an itchy dog and a muddy dog all have in common? The fact that they need to be washed, stat! Time to round up the dog shampoo, towels, comb and brush, and you may want to put on some rain gear, since most likely you’ll be getting a bath too, whether you like it or not. Where to Wash the Dog There are three places where people usually wash their dogs: In the bathtub This is the most convenient place, but it also subjects your bathroom to a barrage of dirt, water and fur. Don’t…

How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

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It’s important to keep your pooch’s ears clean. It helps to prevent infection, skin irritation and keeps your dog happy and healthy. Recognizing Healthy Ears If your dog’s ears are healthy, meaning there is no infection, they will appear to be the same pale color as the rest of your dog’s skin. Infected ears will appear red and they may be filled with discharge. They also may have a foul odor that you will definitely notice. Plus, your dog’s infected ears will be sensitive to touch and could cause the dog considerable pain. He will probably react to any contact…

How to Clean Your Dog’s Eyes

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Whether your dog has big, brown eyes or tiny blue ones, it is important to keep them clean. This is a task that should be done carefully though, since his eyes are just as sensitive as yours, and he has to be able to see to look out for you. Is it Dirt or an Infection? If you’re particularly concerned about cleaning your dog’s eyes, there is probably a good amount of discharge in or around them. The first thing you should do is ensure that this “gunk” inside them is not caused by a medical problem. While it’s true…

How to Clean Window Screens

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Window screens are wonderful because they allow you to have fresh air and sunlight without the annoyance of insects and other unwanted visitors in your home. Dirty screens become weak and damage easily. It’s always cheaper to clean your screens than it is to replace them, so keep that in mind when you’re thinking of putting it off another year. Clean Your Screens Weekly Regular maintenance will cut down on the frequency of deep cleaning. Dust lightly with a cloth or duster to remove any dust. A vacuum cleaner may also be used. Place the soft brush attachment on the…

How to Wash Drapes

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Cleaning the draperies in your home can extend their life and free your home of unwanted dust, dirt, pet hair and other allergens. Weekly Maintenance Remove dust from your drapes with your vacuum. Most vacuums have a soft brush attachment which is perfect for the drapes. Simply place the brush attachment on the end of the accessory hose and sweep in an up and down motion across the fabric. A hand-held vacuum also works well for this task. Washing the Drapes IMPORTANT: Before attempting to wash your draperies, CHECK THE TAGS. Some draperies should ONLY BE CLEANED PROFESSIONALLY. NEVER wash…

How to Clean Venetian Blinds

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Venetian blinds can be dust collectors and depending on their location, can be a magnet for dirt and grime. Regular maintenance and cleaning is important. You Can Clean Them Outside What you will need: Large blankets or tarps (to lay your blinds on) Bucket Cleaning liquid (the type of cleaner you use should be dependent on the material your blinds are made of) Hose Soft scrub brush or sponge mop Old towels Instructions: Remove the blinds from the window, leaving the hardware in place. Assemblies for Venetian blinds vary, and you may need a screwdriver for this step. CAUTION: It…