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Our question today comes from "theamberblossom" from Shelby, NC :
"Dear Brini, I make my own spray cleaner by diluting all purpose cleaners with water. My question is, is this safe? I cant help think that it leaves a residue when I clean counters. if you have an alternative, Id love to hear about it! Thanks!!!" ...
Thank you for your question Amber!
The cost of cleaners can really eat into your pin money. Wouldn't you rather spend those shekels on shoes... or that new nose? Making your own is a good way of saving dough, though you have to be careful about the chemicals you combine. A good, safe bet is combining rubbing alcohol, water and white vinegar in equal parts. The combination is a great one, two punch that leaves dirt hanging on the ropes.
Rubbing alcohol is terrific for removing stickum from almost any surface, including plastic. It will pull up even the most stubborn grime without marring or melting the surface like acetone will.
White vinegar is a wonder product! Let it soak on impossible grime in your bathtub for a day and you'll be amazed at how easily it wipes away. If it's above the water line, simply make an undiluted poultice of it with a paper towel and let it sit for an hour or so and wipe away the grime!
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HOUSEKEEPING is the act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a home. It is one of the many chores included in the term housework. Housecleaning includes activities such as disposing of rubbish, cleaning dirty surfaces, dusting and vacuuming. It may also involve some outdoor chores, such as removing leaves from rain gutters, washing windows and sweeping doormats. The term is often used also figuratively in politics and business, for the removal of unwanted personnel, methods or policies in an effort at reform or improvement.
HOUSECLEANING is done to make the home look better and be safer and easier to live in. Without housecleaning limescale can build up on taps, mold grows in wet areas, bacterial action make the garbage disposal and toilet smell and cobwebs accumulate. Tools used in housecleaning include vacuum cleaners, brooms, mops and sponges, together with cleaning products such as detergents, disinfectants and bleach.
Disposal of rubbish is an important aspect of house cleaning. Plastic bags are designed and manufactured specifically for the collection of litter. Many are sized to fit common waste baskets and trash cans. Paper bags are made to carry aluminum cans, glass jars and other things although most people use plastic bins for glass since it could break and tear through the bag. Recycling is possible with some kinds of litter. Examples of dirt or "soil" are detritus and common spills and stains that exists in the home. Equipment used with a cleaner might be a bucket and sponge. A modern tool is the spray bottle, but the scientific principle is the same.
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Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950's nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.
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