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 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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How To Remove Odors From Car Seats

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Once in a while you may carry something in your vehicle that may leave a stench or bad odor. This may prove problematic especially if the vehicle is used on a regular basis. However, you are quite in luck since there are so many products that may help you in eliminating this odor from your vehicle.remove odors from car seats using the following products and methods.

Preparation

You should first assess the area that was affected by the odor to ensure that there is no damage to the vehicle seats. Check for any blemishes or stains left by the substance that caused the odor. Also ensure that you check the surrounding areas to assess whether there was any damage. If there is no discoloration or damage, you may use the following products to eliminate the smell.

Type of Smell

Do you know what caused the odor? If you do, use a smell specific method. If not, you should try to find out the source of the smell first in order to determine the correct treatment for the odor. For example for sour milk odors, you may use vinegar, coffee ground or an upholstery cleaning agent.

Vacuum

First remove all the loose dirt in the vehicle. This can be done by using a vacuum cleaner. After the dust has been removed, ensure you vacuum even in places you never vacuum on a normal day. After this, apply an upholstery cleaning agent to clean the interior thoroughly.

Use Air Fresheners or Air the Interior

A lot of fresh air will help you in eliminating the odors. After cleaning the interior of your vehicle, ensure that you air the vehicle properly. This will allow for proper drying of the vehicle. Therefore you will eliminate conducive environment for the development of new odors. Air fresheners may help in the short term.

Conditioner

After cleaning, you may condition the vehicle interior depending on the material making up the seat. For leather seats, use leather conditioner and for other materials look for a conditioner that is suitable.

If a smell proves stubborn, you may use professional services to eliminate the odor. Look for professionalism, quality of services, favorable prices and any other services suitable for your vehicle.

How Do I Clean Brick Walls?

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Brick walls are often the decorative highlight of your home. If the brick walls are well taken care of, they can last for the lifetime of your home.

Over time, brick walls will collect dust and dirt. This can quickly make your home look dirty and loose eye appeal. It may be surprising to find out that when cleaning brick walls, you need to take extra precautions. Some harsh cleaners can actually harm your bricks, causing costly repairs.

There are several methods to cleaning your brick walls. Some of these methods are for routine maintenance and others are for deep cleaning. If you are doing the outside of your home, use a power washer with water to spray off debris first. Then you can focus on problem areas. If you are cleaning brick walls in your home, first wipe down with water and a towel.

The first method uses cleaning items normally found in your home. Mix dish soap with salt to form a paste. Spread the paste onto your brick wall and then use a scrub brush to work it into your bricks. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then wipe off with a wet dish towel.

Another method is to use Boric Acid. It sounds scarier that what it is. Boric Acid was used for years to clean laundry, you can find it at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle. Use one tablespoon of Boric Acid to one gallon of warm water. Make sure that the Boric Acid dissolves in the warm water before you apply to your brick walls. Using a scrub brush, scrub the bricks with this method then rinse with water.

If the problem area is around your fireplace, which is normally covered in soot, Naphtha soap may be your best answer. This is another soap that was commonly used to clean laundry. It comes in bar form and you will need to shave it. Bring three quarts of water to a boil and add the soap. Once it dissolves, allow it to cool. Then add a pound of pumice and a cup of ammonia. Using rubber gloves and paint brush, paint the mixture onto your brick wall. Allow it to sit for an hour and rinse well with water.

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Smart Cleaning Uses For Alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is possibly one of the most versatile cleaning agents when it comes to the household. You can clean everything from surprise drawings to the blinds and everything in between. With just a few other bits you can easily find around the house, you can quickly and easily clean up if you ever find yourself out of store bought cleaners.

AlcoholOne of the quickest and easiest things to do when cleaning with alcohol is removing hairspray from a mirror. Just grab a rag and spritz with a bit of alcohol and that sticky residue will be gone in a matter of moments. Not even the sturdiest holding hairsprays will hold up to this trick, leaving you with a clear view of your smiling face.

Speaking of clear views, windows are another article that you can use rubbing alcohol to clean. For this one, it is easiest to use a newspaper rather than a washcloth or paper towel as those can both leave particles behind on your windows. Just mix a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to 1 quart (1 liter) water and not only will you have a streak-free window, it will also keep the frost off in those chilly winter months.

With the help of a spatula or drywall knife, the hassle of cleaning venetian blinds is suddenly made hassle-free. If you put a cloth over the spatula or drywall knife then keep it tight with a rubber band or hair tie, you simply dip the cloth into a bit of alcohol and swipe it across the blinds. Much easier than trying desperately not to bend them when attempting to clean it with your hand.

How to Remove Permanent Marker

Did you lose track of your child and a permanent marker? With a bit of rubbing alcohol, whatever drawing your sweet might have left for you will be gone in a matter of seconds. The alcohol dissolves the marker back into a liquid state for easy wipe-ability.

These are just a few of the ways you can improve your life and home with rubbing alcohol. From the bathroom to the kitchen to the dog, you can make life a little easier with just one ingredient: everyday rubbing alcohol. We hope you found this article informative and entertaining. If you did, perhaps some of our other articles might peak your interest and help you keep your home and life sparkling clean.

Secrets To Cleaning Your Floors

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There are many kinds of disinfecting and floor cleaning products available at all supermarkets and hardware stores. They range in effectiveness, price, and level of toxicity. However, what many chemical manufacturing companies do not tell consumers is that some of the most effective products available for cleaning floors are simple everyday items available in most homes.

Clean Water

There are many situations where clean water is the best solution for cleaning floors. This may seem like an oversimplification; however, pure, clean water is perfect for cleaning hard tile, ceramic, and many natural stone floors. Some cleaning products available on the market can leave streaks on the surface of tile floors, while others can cause chemical damage to some natural stone floors, causing them to permanently stain.

In most cases, it would be better to clean hard surface floors with hot to lukewarm water, and mop the surface regularly. Since moisture does not pose a problem to a properly installed hard surface floor, they can then be left to dry naturally. However, it is important to understand that certain types of floors can be damaged by standing water. This includes hardwoods, cork, carpet, laminates, and some linoleum installations.

Vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent flooring disinfectant, which can be used to clean a variety of flooring surfaces including laminates, stone, brick, tiles, and resilient flooring. Since the smell of vinegar can be quite strong, it should be diluted in a mixture of about a gallon of water to one cup of vinegar. However, a more concentrated mixture can be used to tackle more stubborn stains, including carpet stains.

Rubbing Alcohol

Mixed with water, rubbing alcohol can be a good cleaning agent for resilient flooring and hard tile. In a pinch, it can be used as a spot stain remover. However, rubbing alcohol has a distinct scent, which can be offensive to certain people.

Translucent Dishwashing Detergent

The very same soapy suds people use to clean their plates can also be used to clean floors. A tiny amount of this detergent mixed in a cup of water creates a very effective floor cleaning solution. However, it is important to use translucent soap as the dyes in colored dishwashing detergents can stain certain types of surfaces.

Olive Oil For Hardwood Floors

Olive oil can be applied to hardwood flooring to enhance its shimmering sheen. One should mix a half a cup of this slick, silky substance into a gallon of warm water and apply it to the flooring with smooth, even strokes of the mop.

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The Best Tips For Cleaning Your Oven

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Keeping your oven clean is a great way of keeping it in good condition all the time. Although there are so many ways which you can use to keep your oven sparkling, it is preferable to stick to the simple and easy solutions that can be easily done at home. The following are some of the main oven cleaning solutions for the ordinary home owner:

Aluminum Foil

The primary purpose of aluminum foil is to act as a preventive measure other than a cleaning solution.  In case you are baking anything, you should line the rack below the oven with a layer or two of aluminum foil just to keep the mess off your oven. However, don’t do this with the bottom of the oven as it may cause a fire.

Use Ammonia

Ammonia offers a practical and easy way to clean up an oven. The first step is to turn on the oven and let it heat up to a temperature of about 65°C. Dilute ammonia with warm water and leave it in the oven for at least one night. Use the liquid the next day to wipe your oven using a cloth. However, it is important to note that this method is designed for the electric oven and should not be used for a gas oven.

Use Vinegar

Vinegar is a very strong oven cleaning agent that can be used to deal with tough stains such as oils and grease spatters. Cleaning your oven using vinegar is quite easy. Just dip a sponge into undiluted vinegar and use it to wipe all the areas that need some cleaning. White vinegar is considered one of the most effective solutions in dealing with oils and grease spatters and should come handy in making your oven as clean as possible.

Cleaning your oven and making it spotless takes very simple DIY (Do It Yourself) solutions. Remember, there are a lot of benefits of oven cleaning and it should be really easy to keep your oven sparkling all day.

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The Best Way To Clean Your Kitchen Freezer

178499624Keeping the kitchen clean means keeping the stove, refrigerator, counter tops and floors clean as well as keeping the freezer clean. The freezer is the most complicated of these items to clean because it involves defrosting the chamber and removing the frozen food. It is simple to do if you follow these easy steps.

To clean the kitchen freezer, first gather these items for the cleaning process: a clean sponge or rag, paper towels, white vinegar, water, baking soda and a toothbrush.  Begin by removing the frozen food stored in it. Next, you should defrost the freezer.  Unplug the freezer from the wall outlet and open the door or lid. If ice has built up inside the freezer, you will have to wait until the ice melts and sop up the water.  The easiest method is to remove chunks of ice as they are freed from the surface of the freezer.

Wipe the freezer down removing any food particles and liquids stuck on the walls or bottom. Take any shelves or drawers out of the freezer to wash in the sink. Scrub them using a cleaning solution made from vinegar and warm water. Rinse with plain water. You’ll want to clean the interior of the freezer as well as the exterior, especially the door. To remove stubborn stains or spills in tight spaces, use the toothbrush to scrub them off.

How to Deodorize Your Freezer

To deodorize the freezer, mix water and baking soda together and apply the mixture to a rag and wash down the freezer. Use a cloth towel or paper towel to dry the interior walls, bottom and shelves or drawers.  Allow the freezer to dry thoroughly. Plug it back into the outlet and reload the food.

A clean kitchen freezer preserves food without capturing foul odors. It also allows you to organize your food better, because there is more room when ice isn’t adhering to the walls. Now, you can find the food easier and you have room to store more food. Follow these steps a few times each year and you’ll always have a roomy, fresh smelling kitchen freezer.

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How To Properly Clean Your Laundry Iron

180455547Irons are very useful to those who like to wear neat and freshly-pressed clothing. On the other hand, using a sticky, stained iron can be annoying and dangerous. If you’re having dilemmas with your dirty iron, you don’t need to purchase a new one right away. There are simple ways that you can try to help your steam iron become useful again.

Removing Waxy Substances From Your Iron

Hot irons tend to melt some waxy elements, especially on printed clothing. As these sticky substances accumulate, it gets tougher to run irons smoothly. If you’re having this problem with your iron, get a couple of pages from your old newspaper and set your machine to the hottest. Continuously run the iron into the newspaper until the wax is gone.

Removing Oil From Your Iron

No one wants to press clothes with an only iron. If you’ve accidentally spilled an oily substance into the soleplate, just get a damp cloth with a little bit of ammonia. Gently wipe the cloth onto the surface until the oil is gone. Get another damp cloth without ammonia and wipe the bottom of the iron a couple of times to remove any residue.

Clean a Clogged Reservoir From Your Iron

Some irons have built-in reservoirs so people don’t need separate sprayers when pressing their wrinkled clothes. Then again, these reservoirs can get clogged overtime, which makes it difficult to use them. In order to clean a clogged reservoir, just mix one part of water to one part of vinegar then carefully pour the mixture into the iron’s water compartment. Allow the iron to steam for a few minutes then drain the solution after an hour. Keep repeating the process until the reservoir becomes clean. Don’t put any garments beneath if the water doesn’t look clear to avoid hard-to-remove stains on your clothing.

These are just a few effective ways on how to clean your iron. There are other techniques that you can try, but so far, these ones have been proven by most homemakers.

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