Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Tip #1

Q: Julie, do you know how to get a ring out of a toilet?

A: Yes, I do. By using a heavy duty scouring stick. You must apply the correct way or it may leave a scratch.

Cleaning Tip #2

Q: Julie, do you know how to get this soap scum off my glass shower doors?

A: Yes, I do. Lemon oil. You must apply the correct way. Too much or too little will not work and can cause problems. The concept is like that of a duck. Water on a duck’s back beads right off. Oil & water don’t mix. It also is good to put a little on the framing of the shower as well. It will take the soap scum off very easy. Then, you clean the glass after you apply lemon oil first.

Cleaning Tip #3

Q: Julie, do you know how to get red wine out of carpet?

A: Yes, I do. It is also good for red pop or Kool-Aid. Club Soda is the best emergency spotter there is! Remember to react to a spill as soon as possible. If you act fast, a spot shouldn’t become a stain. * Page 8

Cleaning Tip #4

Q: Julie, do you know how to get hair spray off my counters in the bathroom?

A: Yes, I do. You can use this formula to remove hair spray residue from any hard surface such as: vanities, tile, floors, walls, etc. Mix a solution of 1/3 liquid fabric softener and 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Spray on the surface to be cleaned, and wipe. Not only does it remove hair spray, it also acts as a dust repellent and shines vanities beautifully. * Page 5

Cleaning Tip #5

Q: Julie, do you know how to get Crayon marks off my walls?

A: Yes, I do. Spray with WD-40 Spray Lubricant and wipe crayon away with paper towel. Follow up with a soft cloth and a solution of hot water and a little dishwasher liquid, washing in a circular motion. * Page 45

Cleaning Tip #6

Q: Julie, do you know how to get ink and marker marks off my walls?

A: Yes, I do. To remove ink or magic marker, use hair spray (the cheaper the better), rubbing alcohol, or for really tough spots, denatured alcohol from the hardware store. Always spot carefully, trying to do just the spot. * Page 45

Cleaning Tip #7

Q: Julie, do you know how to get candle wax off of carpet?

A: Yes I do. Put ice in a plastic bag and lay over the wax, allowing it to freeze. Chip off all wax that you can. Next, lay brown paper over the wax (a grocery bag works great: use the area without the writing) and press with a medium hot iron. Move the paper as it absorbs so that you don’t redeposit the wax on the carpet. Have patience and continue as long as any wax shows up on the bag. Next, apply a good carpet stain remover. * Page 67

Cleaning Tip #8

Q: Julie, do you know what to do when the cat leaves you a hairball or the spaghetti doesn’t agree with the dog?

A: Yes I do. If you have pets, you know what it’s like when your cat or dog suffers a digestive upset. You hear the problem begin and run to move the dog or cat off the carpet (which seems to be their favorite place to leave "gifts"), but you’re too late and faced with a mess to clean up.

First, resist the temptation to wipe up the mess. If there are solids that can be picked up with a paper towel, do so, but do not smear the accident into the carpet. Trying to wipe it up immediately will only make the mess worse. Instead, sprinkle a heavy coating of baking soda on the area and allow it to dry. The baking soda will absorb moisture and digestive acids. Once the area is dry, remove with paper towels or vacuum very thoroughly to remove the baking soda. Then and only then, you should grab the rag and cleaner. Use your favorite carpet spotter, following the directions carefully. Remember to blot rather than rub. * Page 74.

Cleaning Tip #9

Q: Julie, what do you like to use on hard wood floors or tile and or vinyl floors?

A: I only use white vinegar. The cost is right. The result is beautiful. Where as a lot of your "other cleaners" will leave residue. You will love the results. Mix half water and half white vinegar.

Cleaning Tip #10

Q: Julie, do you know how to make my food disposal smell better and be clean?

A: Yes I do. Baking soda is a great deodorizer, cleaner and mild abrasive. Keep food disposals fresh and free-flowing by putting the stopper in the disposal and adding 3 inches of warm water and a handful of baking soda. Turn on the disposal and let water run out. * Page 26

* Cleaning tip from "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean", author: Linda Cobb.

So here is your shopping list:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Oil
  • Club Soda
  • Heavy Duty Scouring Stick (available at Lowes)
  • Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover