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Cleaning your kitchen’s tough spots

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Even if your countertops are always immaculate and the dishes rarely pile up, chances are your kitchen has plenty of easily missed areas where dirt can accumulate. Use these great ideas to deep-clean those hard-to-reach places where grime builds up.

Cleaning the Refrigerator

Dust, debris and pet hair can build up behind the refrigerator vent, making it work less efficiently and increasing your energy bills. Check with your owner’s manual, but for many refrigerators, you can pull off the removable vent at the bottom of your refrigerator and use the crevice tool of your vacuum to vacuum the coils. Before you replace the vent, wash it or wipe it down with Windex® Multi-Surface Antibacterial.

As for the handles, which can quickly get grimy, use Windex® Multi-Surface Antibacterial and a soft cloth or paper towel to wipe them down, making sure not to miss the undersides of the handles and the area where the handle joins the door.

Cleaning the Stove

Drips and crumbs tend to gather in the space between the stove and the countertop. Debra Johnson of Merry Maids, a national cleaning service, suggests using a stiff brush to loosen and remove the crumbs. You can then wrap the bristles of the brush with a cloth dipped in warm, soapy water and sweep out the crevice again to clean and degrease the area.

If you have a range hood with a fan, the vent can quickly get grimy. Johnson suggests removing the filter at least every six months and giving it a good cleaning. If you have a carbon filter instead of a metal one, replace with a new filter as needed.

A soft-bristled toothbrush is a great tool for cleaning on and around the burners of the stove as well as in the area around the burners.

Remove the knobs, if possible, and then use the dry toothbrush to loosen crumbs before using Windex® Original Glass Wipes to wipe away remaining crumbs and residue.

Cleaning the Sink

A toothbrush is also just the right size to scour around the faucet knobs on your sink, in the crannies of the drain, or along the seam where the sink joins the counter. If the grout around the sink has been discolored, brighten it up with your cleaning toothbrush plus fantastik® All Purpose Cleaner With Bleach to remove stains like those from food, greasy soil and mold & mildew. (Since the toothbrush may cause splatters, be sure to wear old clothes.)

Cleaning the Microwave

For grease-spattered microwave interiors, boiling a cup of water with a few lemon slices in it for one minute in the microwave. The steam will soften stuck-on food, and then you can use clean water and a sponge to wipe away remaining grease and residue. To avoid possible injury from burns, be sure to allow the boiling water to cool for a few minutes before opening the microwave door and removing the container of water.

Cleaning Cabinets and drawers

If you reach into your drawer for the measuring spoons and come up with a handful of crumbs instead, it’s time to take action. Empty the drawer and use the corner nozzle on your vacuum hose to suck up crumbs, dust and other debris from every crevice and corner of the drawer.

For an extra-deep clean, take the drawers off their runners to vacuum behind them. Use Pledge® Multi Surface Wipes to get rid of even more dust. You can also use the wipes to clean and remove smears from the exteriors of your wooden cabinets.

(Reference: Original Post can be found at SC Johnson)

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9 Tips to an Organized and Clean Home

9 Tips to an Organized and Clean HomeWith the fast pace of life it is easy to find yourself at the end of the week standing in the living room surrounded by clutter, pulling your hair out because you can’t find anything. This can easily happen after a move to a new home. It’s hard enough to work a full-time job, run a home, unpack all of those boxes and now you’re expected to organize?!

Organizing is well worth the time and energy put into it. It is something that you will do that will need a little maintenance and attention every once in awhile but the reward of having an organized home is great.

Let’s say, you lose your keys twice a week and it take you a half an hour running around your home to find them. That is an hour a week, and that ends up being 48 hours a year. You spend two days a year, just looking for your keys! If you live in your house for 15 years and continue to be unorganized in your home that could be an entire month you spent looking for your car keys. That is just wasted time that you could be spending with your family and making lasting memories.

Being proactive and organizing your home is the only way to make sure that when you need something you can find it and your beautiful new home doesn’t get overrun by clutter.

Here are 9 must have tips to an organized and clean home.

1. Designate an area for important documents and bills. Many times countertops and kitchen tables get overrun with the week’s mail. Keep an area out of site where these items can be kept.

2. Have an area inside a closet or somewhere near the door to have everything you need on hand right before you leave the house. This could be a shelf for your keys, or a standalone wardrobe for
coats and shoes. If these items don’t have a “home” they will wind up all over your new home!

3. For the showers in your home, have shower caddies or organizing shelves.

4. To keep countertop space in your bathrooms clear buy shower caddy organizers and keep everything under the sink. This way you can easily pull it out and it has all of your lotions, hair
products, and anything else you would need.
You can also by a small magnetic strip to put under bathroom counters to keep little things like tweezers.

5. Labels keep the home organized. In general labels are a great way all throughout your house to stay organized. Labeling allows you the ability to quickly assess if something is what you need or want and saves you a lot of time. You can label drawers, cabinets, containers and much more in your home.

6. Use hooks to keep things off of the floor. Hooks are great for closets and entryways. This allows members of the house to hang their backpacks, coats and anything else that usually gets tossed on the back of the couch or bed.

7. Keep laundry baskets in every closet. It is even better if you can invest in presorted laundry baskets for whites and darks.

8. Keep extra bags for wastebaskets and trashcans INSIDE the containers. This eliminates having to store the bags separately and having to run to different rooms to get extra.

9. Keep a basket by the stairs on each floor. This way anyone heading upstairs can grab anything that needs to taken to the other floor.

Clutter will always happen, even in an organized home. Organizing just helps keep the clutter to a minimum and allows everyone in the house to carry with their everyday activities without being hindered by having to look for something every time they need it.

Congratulations on your new home! We wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing anything you might have to add on this subject.