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.

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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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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 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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How To Clean Your Jacuzzi

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Having a Jacuzzi can be a great experience for anyone. Cleaning it however, is not so great. In addition to regular maintenance tasks, periodic cleaning is required to ensure your Jacuzzi is safe and comfortable to use. The process of cleaning a Jacuzzi may seem tough, but with the right equipment, it won’t be so difficult.

Items Needed

– Spa filter
– Spa cover scrubbing brush
– Vinyl cleaner
– Submersible pump
– Towels
– Spa shell cleaner
– Scrubbing mitt
– Bucket
– Spa filter cleaner

Cleaning Process

  1. Before getting started, make sure you turn off your hot tub by unplugging it from the outlet. It is paramount that you ensure there is not electrical current flowing into the spa before you begin cleaning it.
  2. Using a submersible pump, drain all the water from your hot tub. If you are using an electric pump, take proper precautions to ensure your safety. For instance, when plugging it in, make sure your hands are dry. It is also important that you place the pump away from water sources to avoid damage and electrocution.
  3. It might take up to 30 minutes to drain water from the spa. Some pumps will remove all the water from your hot tub, leaving only ½ inch of water. Once the water is drained from your spa, take the shell cleaner and scrubbing mitt and get inside your spa.
  4. Spray the cleaner on to small sections of the tub until you’ve covered the entire spa. Use your scrubbing mitt to scrub jets, pillows, lips and walls. The filter compartment attracts a lot of grime and dirt and will require extra effort to clean properly.
  5. Once you scrub the interior, use a hose to rinse it and then drain the water using the pump you started out with. The ½ inch water left at the bottom of the spa can be removed using several towels.
  6. While the water is being pumped out, remove the spa filter and submerge it in a bucket full of water mixed with filter cleaner. Make sure it is completely covered with water. For better results, leave the filter to soak inside the water for 24 hours. Once it’s clean, rinse it with water from a hose and place it back into the spa.

 

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How To Safely Clean Leather Purses

506465241Leather purses are accessories that most women would like to have and due to the cost and quality, they are accessories that should last quite some time. Over time leather purses can be dulled and broken down by every day use acquiring layers of dirt and grime. However, the life of the leather can be prolonged with periodic cleanings. Review any manufacturer tags that accompanied a leather purse for recommendations or suggestions prior to cleaning. Be sure to follow any cleaning suggestions by the manufacturer rather than contradicting the recommendations and potentially damaging the leather.

For a lightly soiled leather purse begin by emptying out the contents of the purse and turn the purse upside down and shake vigorously to remove loose dirt or debris. Simply wipe out the inside of the purse with a dry rag. Mix warm distilled water with a couple drops of mild face or body soap and wet a rag in the solution. Wring out the rag until it is barely wet and wipe the leather. Dry the leather with an additional dry rag while buffing the leather at the same time. Finally apply leather protector to the purse according to instructions.

Ink stains on leather purses can be treated by dipping a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rubbing it over the stain until the ink is removed. Use a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting to dry the area. For other dark stains such as blood, construct a paste made of one part lemon juice and one part cream of tartar. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit approximately 10 minutes. Remove the paste with a rag dampened with warm distilled water mixed with mild facial soap and dry the area with a dry clean rag. Grease stains can be handled by simply wiping the area with a dry cloth.

Some other things to remember in order to clean leather purses is to never use any type if oil on the leather, stay away from abrasives or harsh cleaners and avoid ammonia or bleach. Call or visit a professional cleaner if there is any doubt regarding the proper cleaning of a leather purse.

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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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