10 Nifty Tips for Those Little Things that Need a Clean!


1. Sponges — Although you should be regularly replacing your kitchen sponge (right?), you can increase its mileage by nuking your damp sponge in the microwave to kill bacteria.

2. Ceiling fan — If you switched on your fan as the weather warms up only to have dust fly everywhere, clean each blade inside an old pillowcase to trap falling dust.

3. Kitchen towel — It is best to have four or five so they can rotate more often.

4. Mobile phone — Turn off your phone and let it cool down. Clean the casing with a slightly damp cloth and straight alcohol (which evaporates quickly). Polish the screen with a plain microfibre cloth because alcohol could damage the protective coating.

5. Pillow — You spend more time with your pillow than with most of your friends. Freshen it by tossing it into a hot dryer or out in the sun every so often.

6. Lint trap — Clear it out after each load so your next load will dry faster and save energy.

7. TV Remote — Wipe down the remote with a damp cloth and a 50:50 mix of water and rubbing alcohol. Careful with the buttons! If you’re feeling ambitious, use a Q-tip to get in between them.

8. Silverware organizer — Take out the silver and give it a soapy wash.

9. Makeup brushes — Your brushes touch your face every day, clean them often. Just swirl in a cup of mild, soapy water, rinse, reshape and air dry. Easy!

10. Showerhead — If your shower is losing power, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, put it over the shower head and secure it with a rubber band. Leaving it on overnight should soak away the deposits that block your pressure.

Source : Life @ Home (7 July 2012)

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