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.

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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.

At Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions, we offer excellent floor cleaning tips for all types of projects. Follow us for more articles that will keep your home and life sparkling clean.