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Cleaning Tips

These tips come courtesy of Consumers Report and from Robbie's Kitchen website.

  • Bathroom Odors:  Place an opened box of baking soda OR an open container of activated charcoal behind the toilet to absorb bathroom odors.
  • Blood Stains:  Soak the stain in hydrogen peroxide, wash (don't dry), and repeat if necessary. This tip works especially well for caret and clothes.
  • Carpet Stains:  Baby wipes are miracle-workers on carpet stains, from motor oil to blood, they remove almost anything!
  • Deodorize dishes, pans, cutting boards or utensils with pungent odors by adding 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your dishwater.
  • Dishwashers: To clean mineral deposits from the inside of your dishwasher, pour in a container of Tang® Drink Mix and run the dishwasher (don't put dishes in the dishwasher for this load).
  • Fish or Spoiled Food Odor:  Place a bowl of white vinegar on the counter for a few hours. The odor will disappear for good.
  • Freshen a Garbage Disposal:  Sprinkle baking soda in it along with a few drops dish-washing liquid. Scrub with a brush (a new toilet brush works great), getting under the rubber gasket and all around the inside. Then, turn on water and let the disposal run to flush thoroughly.  For a fresh citrus scent, throw in a few cut up lemons or limes and run them through, too, using lots of water.
  • George Foreman Grills: After removing the cooked food from the grill, place a paper towel soaked in water on each of the 2 cooking surfaces.  Unplug the appliance, allow it to sit for 5-30 minutes (while you eat), then use the paper towels to effortlessly wipe out the grease and food particles.
  • Ink Stains:  The best way I have found to get out ink stains is to put rubbing alcohol on the stain - it disappears!  This must be done before  washing.  For ink on the wall, wipe with bleach and it will disappear.
  • Kitty Litter:  To keep cat litter fresh smelling, mix baby powder in with the litter.
  • Microwave Filth:  Food splatters all over the inside of your microwave and cooks itself on after time.  To easily remove this mess, place a sponge  soaked in water in the microwave.  Cook on high heat for 2 minutes, then allow it to sit without opening the microwave door, for 5 minutes.  The filth is now ready to be wiped right off - no scrubbing - and your sponge is right there!
  • Microwave Odors:  Keep a cup of baking soda in the microwave between uses to keep potatoes from smelling like bacon or other unusual combinations!