Remove Stains From Your Rug Safely With an Iron!

186704235Remember when you spilled that glass of red wine on your friend’s white carpet? Or when your child decided that writing on the living room rug was a good idea? These might seem like fatal accidents but did you know that most of these stains can be removed with an iron?

There are three methods you can use to remove stains from your carpet with an iron, and they only require a few simple household ingredients. Next time you spill that glass of wine, run for the iron!

Method #1: Dishwashing Liquid and Water

What you will need:

  • 5 drops concentrated liquid dishwashing detergent
  • 2 cups warm water
  • White cotton rag or towel

This method can be used for a variety of liquid stains. First, plug in your iron and set it to the lowest steam setting. Mix water and dishwashing detergent in a bucket, bowl or other container. Dampen your towel in the liquid, wringing out excess water. Arrange the towel on top of the stain, covering the entire stain. Place your iron over the towel and let the iron sit there until the stain has completely soaked into the towel (approximately 15 minutes).

Method #2: White Vinegar and Water

What you will need:

  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • Empty spray bottle
  • White cotton rag or towel

For this method, you will first want to vacuum the area to remove any loose dirt or debris. Once area is clean, plug in the iron and set it to the highest steam setting. Fill the spray bottle with the vinegar and water. Depending on the size of your stain, you might want to increase or decrease the amount of cleaning solution. The ratio should always be 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Spray the entire stain with cleaning solution. Next, dampen the towel in warm water, wringing out excess liquid, and place it over the stain. Iron lightly over the towel until the stain completely soaks into the towel.

Method #3: Removing Wax

What you will need:

  • White paper towels
  • Dull knife or scissors
  • Baking soda

This method is a perfect solution for removing tough wax from your carpet. Before using your iron, you’ll want to remove as much wax as you can with a dull knife or pair of scissors. After removing as much wax as possible, plug in your iron and set it at a low setting. Next, place paper towels over the wax residue. Iron lightly over the paper towels until the wax has liquefied and soaked into the towels. If any greasy stains remain, sprinkle baking soda over them and vacuum until they are completely gone.

Next time you accidentally send that glass of wine flying, remember that all you need is an iron! Don’t forget to like or follow us for more helpful cleaning tips.

How to Clean a Vinyl Shower Curtain

146892408Many of us are guilty of chronic shower curtain abuse. We buy them cheap, use them up and throw them in the garbage, never bothering to try to clean or maintain them.

This behavior is wasteful because it is unnecessary. Even vinyl shower curtains can be cleaned with relatively minimal effort, and while they don’t cost much to replace no one is giving them away for free, either. If you can make them last longer it will save you money while reducing your landfill contributions.

Stocking Up

No matter how dirty it might look, cleaning a vinyl shower curtain is really a piece of cake. Here’s a list of the supplies you will need to get the job done right:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Bleach
  • A scrub brush

That’s it, that’s all there is to it. Most likely you already have these items in your home, and if you don’t you likely would have bought them for other uses at some point anyway.

Cleaning Your Curtain: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dirt, soap and mildew are the staining culprits that can make your vinyl shower curtain look greasy, grungy and spotty. To remove them try this cleaning routine:

  1. Take your shower curtain down off its hooks and place it in the tub.
  2. Identify any dirt, soap stains or mildew that may have accumulated.
  3. Clean affected areas with a scrub brush as you hold the curtain beneath the running bathtub faucet.
  4. If any stains remain, try scrubbing them with a washcloth soaked in vinegar or laundry detergent for a minute before switching back to the scrub brush. If those stubborn deposits look like mildew try a small amount of bleach instead of the vinegar or detergent.
  5. If stains still remain your best hope may be the washing machine. You should wash a shower curtain with laundry detergent and bleach in cold water on a gentle cycle, and wash it along with a few dirty towels to keep the vinyl from sticking.
  6. After the washing cycle is complete, do not put your curtain in the dryer (it can melt or even catch on fire). Hang it up in the bathroom and boost the drying process with a fan if you aren’t willing to wait.

By this point your vinyl shower curtain should be spotless. But if it isn’t you’ll have to decide if you can live with the stains or would prefer to get a new one.

An Ounce of Prevention …

Naturally if you can prevent stains from forming in the first place that would be ideal.

There are two good ways to do this: either spray the curtain daily (when dry) with a vinegar/water solution, or remove it and soak it once a month in a tub of water with one cup of bleach added.

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How to Clean Your Computer Internally and Externally

134748269Cleaning your computer, both internally and externally, is vital to the performance and lifecycle of your machine. Follow these simple steps to keep your machine in tip-top shape.

Internal Cleaning

  1. Update Software

Windows and Apple automatically release updates to their software systems. Ensure that you have enabled automatic software updates on your machine.

  1. Delete Internet Data

As you browse the web, your computer collects bits of information that inhibit its performance. Using your internet browser settings, delete all temporary files, cookies and offline content.

  1. Scan for Malware and Adware

Malware and adware programs jeopardize your computer’s performance and security. However, there are many programs designed to scan your machine for malware and adware and delete them if found. Utilize one of these programs to secure your computer.

  1. Check for Viruses

Protect your computer from viruses by purchasing an antivirus software that will scan for threats and delete them.

  1. Compress Hard-drive

Speed up your machine by using your Mac Disc Utility or Windows Disk Defragmenter to your compress hard-drive files.

  1. Remove Unnecessary Programs

Remove any unwanted programs from your machine. On a Mac, simply drag programs to the trash. On Windows, use the control panel to remove programs.

  1. Back Up

Once your computer is clean, back-up your system so that it will restore to its newly organized state. On a Mac you can do this through Time Machine. On Windows, go to the Start Menu and select System Restore.

External Cleaning

To clean the external components of your computer, you will need a few supplies:

  • Flat and Phillips-head screwdrivers
  • Compressed air can
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels

Before you begin cleaning, power off your computer. Then remove the battery (if using a laptop) and unplug from power source.

  1. External Vents and CPU

The fan and air vents, as well as the CPU heat-sink, collect dust and fibers over time. Access these areas by unscrewing the outside panels of your computer. Clean the vents with cotton swabs or tweezers, followed by compressed air, being careful to keep the nozzle a few inches away from the machine.

  1. Case

Re-assemble your computer, and once every piece is in place, clean the case with a microfiber cloth or dry paper towel. Clean the seams and edges of your machine with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Dry immediately.

  1. Keyboard

Turn the keyboard upside-down and shake. If you have a laptop, shake very gently. Use compressed air to thoroughly remove any remaining particles, then use an alcohol-dipped cotton swab to clean the tops of your keys and trackpad.

  1. Screen

Clean the screen of your laptop with a lightly moistened microfiber cloth. If you have a desktop, clean your monitor with ammonia-free glass cleaner.

Your computer is now completely clean! Allow everything to dry, reassemble, power up, and be amazed by your machine’s performance.

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The Importance of Cleaning or Tossing a Sponge

101839803If you use a sponge to clean your dishes, we at Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions want to make sure you’re cleaning your sponge as well. Bacteria thrive in moist conditions, and the dense nature of sponges can make them even more unsanitary than a toilet seat. A sponge is therefore a natural breeding ground for bacterial contamination without proper care.

Toss Your Sponge Every Two Weeks

To avoid spreading germs as much as possible, throw out your sponge about every two weeks. If it starts to smell, toss it right away. A smelly sponge signals more than just having cleaned something really dirty. It’s also a sure sign that it is no longer sanitary and could potentially do more harm than good.

Dry Out Your Sponge Between Uses

One of the most important daily routines for sponge care is to wring out your sponge after every use and place it in a dry location. Be sure not to leave it in a sink filled with water or on a wet backsplash.

Kill Germs through Heat

One trick for keeping a sponge as clean as possible is to microwave it. Place the damp sponge in the microwave and heat it for 30 seconds. This sanitizes the sponge almost completely. Another option is to put it in the dishwasher and wash it alongside your dishes. For both of these options, you won’t want to bother doing this after you’ve used the sponge for a couple of weeks. Damaged sponges could harm your dishwasher, and sponges with dangerous bacteria could spread to your dishes instead of disappearing.

Don’t Use on Countertops or to Wipe Up Meat Juices

If a sponge is unsanitary, using it on a countertop can spread disease. Hands and food find their way to countertops frequently, and it’s possible for residue from a germ-filled sponge to contaminate food that is being prepared. Children and adults alike can place their hand on an unsanitary countertop and then get sick. Instead, use a paper towel or a disinfectant wipe on these surfaces.

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The Best Way To Clean Your Garbage Disposal

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We at Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions know how frustrating it can be to spend the time to keep your sink and counter top clean and shiny, only to have a lingering, moldy odor emanating from your garbage disposal. How to clean a garbage disposal, then, is an important thing to know for a kitchen that smells as clean as it is. Here are three easy and natural ways we have found that work.

Thanks to modern transportation, citrus can be enjoyed in the summer or in the winter. If you enjoy having a morning orange or grapefruit, do not just toss the rind into the garbage when you are done. Feed some to your disposal for a fresh citrus smell. Be sure to run water into the sink as you run the disposal. The peel will help clean the blades as the release their glorious scent to the air.

Putting a few ice cubes down your sink and running the disposal can help clean off the build up of old food particles that may, because of their odor, have become a constant reminder of meals gone by. Along the same vein, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray as use them along with rock salt for an added cleaning boost.

Vinegar and baking soda often are used for various cleaning projects around the house. Together, they can be a volcano of clean for your garbage disposal. Sprinkle about one quarter to a half a cup of baking soda down the sink drain. Follow this by pouring in a cup of vinegar and letting the two to bubble and foam and do their cleaning magic for up to 10 minutes. Then flush the drain with hot or even boiling water to ensure a thorough clean. The combo also will deodorize the disposal and leave you with a fresh scent.

While some suggest using bleach to clean the disposal, we at Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions prefer to stick to safer, natural solutions. Bleach is a poison and can leave behind a distinct smell of bleach that will linger. So we recommend you keep your bleach with your laundry supplies and search for your garbage disposal solutions in your food cabinets. Follow us for more articles that will teach you how to clean anything and everything.

Homemade Cleaning Solution For Electronics

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We rely on electronic gadgets for a lot of our daily tasks. It only makes sense to take care of them to extend their lives and maintain a high level of performance. Cleaning should be part of basic maintenance procedures. We don’t need to go to a shop for this. There are plenty of cleaning products that we can pick up at stores to get the job done. We can even create our own to save money and be certain of the ingredients that we use. It isn’t difficult at all. Everything you need can already be found at home. Here’s how to clean electronics using DIY solutions:

White Vinegar and Water

For general purpose cleaning, just mix a bit of white vinegar in water. This solution should prove adequate when wiping off dirt from plastic surfaces like phone cases, laptop shells, keyboards, mice, printers, and the like. Dip a fresh cotton ball into the diluted vinegar and work your way across every inch of the device. You may also use a soft clean cloth to do this for larger surfaces. Just be sure to squeeze out excess liquid so that it doesn’t drip on the floor. One problem with this solution is that some people don’t like the strong smell of vinegar. The good news is that there’s a readily available alternative.

Isopropyl Alcohol and Distilled Water

If you are not fond of spraying vinegar all over your home office, then just pick up a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and dilute it in distilled water. This alcohol is known to be an effective disinfectant so it is perfect for cleaning electronic devices. Mix them in a 1:25 ratio to be safe. If you are attempting to wipe down a screen, it is crucial to use distilled water instead of tap water. The latter tends to contain a significant amount of minerals that could leave unsightly residues on the screen surface. Don’t forget to turn the device off before proceeding to prevent dangerous electric shorts.

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Make Your Own Homemade Sanitizer Wipes

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Everyone is probably familiar with the pre-packaged sanitizer wipes. These wipes come in handy for picnics, day-to-day commuting in the car, in a diaper bag, when traveling, at school, the office or you name it. The possibilities are almost unlimited. However, one problem with using sanitizer wipes is they can be very hard on your skin. If you’ve ever used one of these commercial wipes, you’ve probably noticed how dry and awful your hands feel afterwards.

Fortunately, there’s a better solution. Not only is it more economical than purchasing premade wipes, but making your own homemade sanitizer wipes also allows you to control the ingredients. This simple recipe for sanitizer wipes uses essential oils that offer an incredible fragrance as well as antibacterial properties.

You can either use napkins that have been cut in half or some baby wipes. Find any type of plastic container with a lid that will hold your wipes. Stack the napkins or baby wipes up in the container. Next, combine 1-1/2 cups warm water, 1 Tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp rubbing alcohol, 3 drops lemon essential oil and 3 drops lavender essential oil. Stir to combine well. Make sure the coconut oil is completely incorporated.

Once the mixture is well combined, pour it over the napkins or wipes in the plastic container. Close the lid and allow the solution to saturate your homemade sanitizer wipes. If you use 2 small containers rather than one large container for your wipes, you can easily carry one in your purse or diaper bag.

At Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions, we know you’re going to love using these wipes. They’re perfect for everyday use and you’ll get the benefit of pampering yourself while wiping away the dirt and germs. These could even make excellent gifts for your family and friends. Everyone needs a quick clean up from time to time and having handy sanitizer wipes that actually smell great and leave your skin feeling smooth is definitely a treat! Of course, you’ll also get the benefit of being able to save money. Prepackaged sanitizer wipes can get expensive.

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How To Clean Baking Trays

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Do you want your roasting tins, baking and oven trays look and feel clean? Well, the team at Cleaner Visions, Cleaning and Home solutions have some useful tips to help you to clean greasy oven and baking trays. Baking sheets are invaluable cooking accessories; however, grease, burnt food particles and meat juices often form a greasy residue that is difficult to remove. The blackened tray gets sticky and you cannot find an effective way to clean the dirty pan.  Pop the greasy tray into the dishwasher and the grease and grime will remain in place. However, a dash of quality dishwashing detergent and a lot of elbow grease will soon remove the greasy film. So, how can you clean baking trays effectively?

The Best Way to Clean Greasy baking Trays

  • Don your rubber gloves to protect your skin
  • Wipe the excess grease from the oven tray using paper towels
  • Add a dash of dishwashing liquid to a sink full of hot water
  • Allow the baking tray to soak for an hour — Ensure the oven tray is fully submerged
  • Soaking oven and baking trays allows the dishwashing soap to disperse the grease and oils
  • After soaking, wipe non-stick baking pans with a cloth or a sponge
  • Scrub metal bakeware with a scouring pad
  • Rinse the baking pan with warm water
  • Place the clean bakeware into the dishwasher for one last clean

How to Effectively Clean Dirty Oven Trays

  • Your oven tray may be covered in meat-juices and burnt-on food particles, so always wear rubber gloves to clean baking trays
  • Wipe the dirt, grease and food debris from the oven pan using kitchen towels
  • Fill the sink with boiling hot water and add a generous cup full of baking soda
  • Watch the water and wait until the surface water begins to bubble
  • Let the dirty oven dish soak for one hour
  • The burnt-on stains will soften in the solution
  • Remove the oven tray from the hot water and wipe away the greasy crust
  • Put the clean baking trays in the dishwasher for one final clean

It is not easy to clean baked-on grease from roasting tins, oven or baking trays, however, nothing is impossible.  We have told you about the best way to clean baking trays and our method works well. At this point, you might like to consider ways to keep your baking trays clean all of the time. A clean oven tray is a hygienic baking tray and a lined oven tray stays clean. You can buy disposable foil roasting tins, but we feel the reusable tray liners are highly effective. If neither appeal, try lining your oven and baking trays with tinfoil. Foil-lined baking trays remain hygienic and clean.

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How To Best Clean Car Seats

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In order to keep your car looking great and to increase its resale value, you’d be better off learning how to clean car seats. The method you use to clean your car seats will mostly depend on the type of seats you have. If you want to clean your car interior and restore it to its original look and feel, then this article is for you.

What You’ll Need

– Wet vac
– White cloths
– Stiff brush
– Spot remover
– Upholstery cleaner
– Vacuum

Steps

– Remove dirt and debris from the surface of your seats. You can use vacuum attachments to reach tight spaces.

– Examine your seats for stains and damaged areas. You’ll need to be cautious when cleaning weak fabric and holes to avoid further damage.

– Use stiff brush and upholstery cleaner to scrub the stain off the surface of your seats. Note that more energy might be required to clean out heavily soiled spots and stains. If you come across stubborn stains that won’t go away, use spot remover and continue brushing.

– Using a soft white cloth, wipe off the upholstery cleaner. Some products don’t require rinsing and can be left to dry on the surface. Read product label to learn about your product.

– If the product requires rinsing, spray small amounts of water on the surface and then use a wet vac to remove the water immediately. Leaving the water on the surface for too long might saturate the foam cushion.

To avoid mildew and mold growth, allow the seats to dry complete before using the car. Leave the doors open and windows down until the seats are dry.

– Using a carpet steam cleaner with upholstery attachments will make your work even easier when cleaning your car seats. When cleaning stains from leather seats, use a mixture of tartar cream and lemon juice with a soft cloth. To find out how effective the process will be, try using the mixture on a hidden area. If it cleans without leaving any spots, then you can go ahead and use it on the rest of the seat.

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How To Clean A Watch

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Watches are hardworking machines that literally work 24/7 to keep us on-track with our schedules. They deserve our care as thanks to their service. Maintenance also prolongs their life and allows them to stay as beautiful as when they were brand new. Below are some tips on how to clean a watch.

Prepare the Cleaning Materials

You’ll need to have a small bowl, some water, soft cloth, dish washing liquid, and a small toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also prepare rubbing alcohol unless you will be working on a gold band. White vinegar is an ideal cleaner for leather straps.

Cleaning the Bands

There is no such thing as 100% waterproof. Err on the side of caution and remove the bands to remove any possibility of water damage to the watch itself. Some are easier to take out than others. If the band won’t budge, then just keep it that way and take extra care so as not to let water touch the watch.

Get the bowl and add water to half the volume. Add a few drops of the dishwashing liquid. For leather watches, add a bit of white vinegar instead. Mix the contents of the bowl. Soak the bands in this solution for a few minutes if the dirt buildup is light and a few hours if it’s heavy. This will ensure that the dirt is going to come off quickly later on.

Take them out of the solution and brush the surfaces gently to remove dirt. Don’t be too hard as you may end up leaving permanent scratches. Rinse off under the faucet and wipe dry with a clean piece of cloth. Leave them to air-dry for a while and don’t place them under direct sunlight. It is important to ensure that moisture is eliminated immediately as it could cause a buildup of mold or mildew.

Once completely dry, reattach the components. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the front and back of the watch. Lastly, wipe them down again this time with a soft dry cloth. Your watch is now ready for use.

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