Clean tips for the Home

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  • Clean cast iron pot and pans with salt. Iron cookware is seasoned with oil before first being used. Cleaning with salt means this seasoning/cure is not ruined and need not be reapplied.
  • Clothes irons can also be cleaned with salt.
  • The tracks on sliding doors and windows can be cleaned with vinegar.
  • A mattress can be cleaned with baking soda. Sprinkle it on the mattress and leave it for several hours. Then vacuum. A mattress protector and an UV light wand are also recommended.
  • Venetian blinds can be cleaned with an old sock. Put the sock on you hand like a glove and run the slats of the blind between your thumb and first finger. Add a little vinegar if you wish.
  • Clean light globes and fittings with a soft paintbrush.
  • Bicarbonate of soda, made into a paste, will clean many surfaces, including wooden doors and bench tops.
  • Clean a showerhead with vinegar in a plastic bag. Fill the bag partway with white vinegar, and then tie it so that the showerhead is soaking in the liquid. Leave this for a few hours, and then rinse with cold water for a minute or two.
  • Canned air (an aerosol can) is useful for cleaning tight corners and hard to reach places.
  • Wax paper can clean faucets.
  • Cream of tartar is good for cleaning stainless steel items like toasters.
  • Affix a cloth to a chopstick or wooden spoon to clean between dual layers of glass.

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