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Tips for a Cozy Home This Winter

November 29, 2012 by BlairStover

Everyone has an image of the perfect home in his or her mind. Often, that vision is of spotless surfaces and a distinct aura of cleanliness. Keeping a spotless house, however, may seem like a daunting task for most of us because time is very limited with work and other daily activities. At the end of the day, we are just too tired to come home and clean a whole house.

As Blair Stover explains below, having a clean home you can be proud of doesn’t mean you have to spend hours on end cleaning. All it takes is a few tricks up your sleeve and some elbow grease.

1.     The tub. Acrylic tubs are the worst when cleaning. If you have ever owned one, you already know that you can spend a whole day on your hands and knees and the bottom of the tub will still look gray. There are ways you can clean it though. You can treat dirt, limestone or salt deposits with vinegar or lemon juice. Once you have that area clean, use a liquid detergent to clean your entire bath tub. If there are any scratches present, try using a piece of fine sandpaper to smooth them out. If there are yellow spots, use a baking soda and shampoo mix (2 teaspoon to 1 cap ratio). Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse it off.

2.     Dusting. Asthma and allergies are a huge problem and vacuuming and sweeping only make it worse. Make sure you use hypoallergenic detergents when cleaning.

3.     Cleaning microwaves. Orange peels work wonders and all you have to do is peel it, place it on a microwave-safe plate, put it in the microwave, put some water over it and turn it on for a couple minutes. Keep the door shut for 30 minutes and watch it work wonders. Just wipe off the remnants left with ease.

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