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Great Green Cleaning Ideas That Make Our Lives Easier!

Trying to remove blood from clothing or furniture? Gently rub hydrogen peroxide into the stain.

If you are having trouble with soap scum build up try switching to liquid soap. The talc in most bar soaps is the cause of buildup.

Is your shower curtain beginning to get discolored and moldy? Toss it into the washing machine with some white vinegar.

Cleaning the inside of a microwave can be a tough job because the food particles are baked on and hardened. Place a mug or measuring cup full of water inside the microwave for about 2-3 minutes. The hot water should steam the inside of the microwave, softening and loosening those hardened food splatters. Spray the inside of the microwave with your favorite cleaner and wipe it down.

Have some gum stuck under your table? Put some ice on top of it to harden it and pry it free with a dull knife.

Use club soda or seltzer water to clean chrome.

Try using a paintbrush to get to hard-to-reach places while dusting.

Clean the lint trap on your clothes dryer after every dryer load. Too much lint in the trap makes the dryer work longer and harder to dry your clothes, and excessive lint in the dryer vent can start a fire if it should overheat. Use the narrow crevice nozzle of your vacuum cleaner to suck up as much lint as you can from the area surrounding the lint trap.

Hairspray will often get pen ink stains off of clothing and upholstery.

Are you trying to remove a dirty ring around the collar of a blouse or shirt? Try rubbing a little shampoo into it. Shampoo is made to remove body oils so it’s ideal for the job.

To keep yourself entertained while you clean, try listening to books on tape. The time will pass much faster and you’ll be able to catch up on all that reading you’ve been meaning to do.

Here is a great mix for cleaning windows and mirrors: In a 32 oz spray bottle mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with ¼ cup rubbing alcohol.

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