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Friday, January 3, 2014

Super Easy Cleaning Tips & Tricks

I have done several posts showing some tips and tricks to help make your cleaning fast and easy, and some have asked for all of these tips to be put into one post, so here we go. ( this is a re-run of a post I did last year, but since we are all cleaning things up after all the Christmas decor is put away, I thought I would post it again.)

First, you need the right tools to make it easy and these two cloths are my work horses for everything.  You can find them at the 99c Store and the Dollar Store.  I think a total must have.

 This one is like a terry cloth type of fabric.  It is microfiber, no lint and super scrubbing power.

 This one is a jersey type fabric, no lint and has a rougher side and a really silky side.  Unreal for windows, mirrors and polishing counters and sinks in the bathroom.

Kitchens are one area we have to clean all the time.  One of the things people ask about is how to keep a stainless sink shiny.  Water spots and scratches make them look so bad.

These are those tacky water spots that just don't wipe out with soap and water, and some fine scratches too.

The secret weapon for this and small scratches is a fine Scotch Brite from the Automotive Store.  Not the same thing as your kitchen Scotch Brite.  You definitely have to buy the one from Auto Zone or some place similar.  Just ask for Fine Scotch Brite.  They make several grades, but you want the fine.

Just scrub your sink with the Auto Scotch Brite and it will be good as new.  IMPORTANT!!!!!!  You definitely have to go with the grain of the stainless or else you will have a mess.   You don't want to create scratches, you want to eleminate them.

Next is our counters.  First you need to make sure they are super clean and all the grease and dirt are gone.  The best thing to cut grease is Rubbing Alcohol.  Yep, the stuff in the medecine cabinet.  I know several of you use that all the time and Sunny @ Sunny Simple Life uses it and has done several different posts on how she degreases her kitchen blinds and other things with it.  First I wash everything down really well with soap and water.  I use a big heavy duty sponge.  Then I put Rubbing Alcohol on another sponge and wipe the counters really well.  Then I use the Buddies Microfiber cloth to scrub and dry them off.

Once your counters are clean, then you need to polish them.  This will help keep them clean and keep dirt and grease from sticking to them.  For Granite there are several different products, I like this one.  Granite Gold, just spray and polish.  Super easy and it feeds the stone too.

See how wonderful they look.

My back counters are formica.  They are a leather texture and really grab onto any dirt or grease.  I wash them with soap and water, then degrease them with alcohol and wipe them down really good.

  Next I polish them with Furniture Spray Polish.  This is a tip directly from Formica.  Makes them look amazing and seals them so the dirt and grease doesn't stick.

 If you have these cultured marble bathroom counters and sinks, after they have been cleaned,  polish them with Furniture Polish and dirt and hair spray won't stick. Water just beads up.  If dirt doesn't stick then less to clean up next time.

Now we have all those mirrors in the bathrooms and our decor, plus those windows that are a mess.  Instead of windex, I use the car wash window fluid.  It has some kind of chemical in it to cut the road grime, and it works wonders on the mirrors and windows.

Just fill a spray bottle - - - -

and use this jersey type cloth and you will be amazed at how easy.  Scrub with the rough side and polish with the smooth side.  Just swish, swish and you are done.  Super easy.  This is definitely the miracle cloth as far as I am concerned.

See this huge mirror, can you imagine how streaky it could look.

Plus see these windows, you can't even tell there is a window there except for the reflection.

Try these simple tips and I think you will find that your cleaning is a lot easier.   Hope this helps.

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  1. Great tips Marty! I never would have thought to use windshield washer fluid on mirrors and windows! I'm pinning these tips.....:) Thanks for sharing.. I hope you're having a wonderful 2014 so far.....Vicky

  2. Love all of these tips and I have to remember the Favor to use on the bathroom countertops. They do get to gunky with the hairspray.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  3. Thanks for all the tips, Marty. I had know idea that there was an auto grade scrubber. I have used the microfiber cloths but the rest is all new info!

  4. I love the cloths for my stainless appliances. Thank you for introducing them to me Marty! :)

  5. Thanks for the tips! I use alcohol for a lot of cleaning too!

  6. Thanks for the tips, Marty! I will try the windshield washer fluid for our mirrors and windows…West Texas…always dusty!!

  7. Hi Marty, happy new year! Thanks for these great tips on how to keep the house clean. I like to use the micro fiber cloths too to dust. Take care and have a great weekend.

  8. Awesome post. Perfect for this time of year when we are all getting our homes back in order and spiffed up. You should come share at the From the Farm blog hop. Happy New Year Marty.

  9. Great tips. I need to try that windshield washer one on the windows!

  10. Yes - between reading blogs I am trying to get the house in order and start a new year fresh. Thank you for the great tips.

    I am visiting from Diann's TTG Grow your social network party.

  11. I will have to look for those towels at Dollar Tree. Ok I better get off the computer and go clean!

  12. Great tips Marty! Thank you for sharing them at TTF. And I am already a long time follower of your wonderful blog (regarding my Social Network Party)!

  13. Thank you! Question -- does anyone know how to clean silk trees -- in place? I've got too many large ones to haul outside to clean with the hose or to drag into the shower. Other than wiping each leaf down by hand!! HELP!!

    1. Oh I wish I knew. All I know is to take them outside and hose them off.. Hope to see you soon.

  14. Great tips and I have been using the windshield stuff on my mirrors and windows ever since you mentioned it in the past. I need the microfiber cloth though. Paper towels are not working very well.

  15. great tips never go out of style hee hee Happy New Year thanks so much for sharing @ "Meet the Neighbors"

  16. Do you have sealed granite counters?

    1. Yes, my granite is sealed, but I still like to polish it and it reseals it.

  17. Wow, so many great tips! I can't wait to try some of them out now.
    Have a great weekend!!

  18. I am saving this post to refer to and going to the $ store for the cloths! Thanks SO much for the tips. Your home is always SPARKLING!!!!

  19. Marty, these are some great tips!! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  20. O-M-Gosh. I am so grateful for these tips, thank you, thank you! I so agree on the fine scrubbies too. I am pinning this for others and to save for later.

  21. Lots of great tips - thanks for sharing. Now if I could just get someone in to do the work. :D
    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year!!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  22. Marty, thanks for these great tips. A few are new to me, and I appreciate knowing them.
    All the best for 2014.

  23. Thanks for the tips! I am a new follower via TTG social network party!

  24. Just what I need. Thanks for the reminders. I will have to use alcohol....Christine

  25. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for your great Ideas. I have a lot of windows in my home and always looking for a cleaner my window in my kitchen needs it ever day!

  26. So many great ideas! I always end up with streaky mirrors so I will have to try the windshield wash. And I am definitely trying the rubbing alcohol for grease. Thanks for the tips. I am visiting from the TTG network.

  27. What a fabulous idea sweet lady! I too always have streaky mittors and this is fabulous, I'm thrilled and thank you so much for sharing! Hugs,

  28. These are great suggestions for making cleaning a bit easier. One of my pet peeves is a dirty sink...I like it to shine!
    On another note: I spent about 2 hours at Laurieanna's in Canton yesterday! I live about 30 minutes from the shop....and yesterday was my very first visit there. Love the place!!!!

  29. Great tips, Marty! Thank you for sharing. You can be sure I will be trying these products. :)

  30. What do you clean cultured marble counters with? Thanks!

  31. Great tips, Marty! I already knew some of them, but others are new to me! Happy New Year!

  32. Marty, Thanks so much for all the great tips. I will try them. After putting away my Christmas decorations everything needs a good cleaning. Just wanted you to know I'll be featuring you this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a wonderful weekend and
    Happy New Year!

  33. Thanks Marty!
    Your work always treat to watch. I know about cleaning and how difficult it is.