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How to Descale a Kettle (Easy Household Cleaning Ideas That Save Time & Money) Clean My Space


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In this video, cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, answers Tim’s question on how to descale a kettle. Please note, the daytime light in my kitchen was going nuts, so if you see strange lighting, that’s why!

Tim asked: How can I descale my kettle?

Answer:

What you need-
1) Kettle with lime scale
2) 1 cup of vinegar
3) 1 tablespoon of baking soda (optional)
4) Cotton cloth (optional)

Put a cup of vinegar into the kettle and set the kettle to boil. The vinegar helps to heat the element in order to break down the lime scale, while the steam helps clean any leftover residue. Once it turns off, pour the vinegar into your sink and rinse the kettle a few times.

To clean any remaining lime scale:
Take a wet cloth and dip it into a tablespoon of baking soda. Use the cloth to clean any remaining lime scale build up then rinse thoroughly with water. Boil through again if needed.

FYI: Lime scale is not harmful for you to ingest. It’s mainly formed out of calcium and salt, however, it does look gross! It also takes more energy to boil water when you have lime scale build up, since the element needs to work harder to heat and it can cause you to burn your element. Ideally, you want to descale your kettle at least once every 6 months or as needed.

**BONUS TIP**
For cleaning your drain:
Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain and pour the boiling vinegar into the sink. It’ll help to clean and deodorize your drain. Consider that 2 tips for the price of 1!

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies (Easy Household Cleaning Ideas) Clean My Space


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In this video, cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, shows us how to set up a fruit fly trap and get rid of fruit flies for good!

It is important to catch the problem fast because fruit flies breed quickly and multiply exponentially fast. While I don’t like killing things, in this video we do need to kill fruit flies to make sure they don’t come back. Thanks for watching!

Stephanie asked: How do I get rid of pesky fruit flies?

Answer:

What you need-
1) Pesky fruit flies
2) Container (like a glass)
3) Balsamic vinegar
4) 2 sheets of plastic wrap
5) Paring knife

Fill a container 1/8 of the way full with balsamic vinegar. Cover the container with taut plastic wrap. Take your paring knife and pierce 4 small holes on the top of the plastic wrap. Leave it out overnight. Take off the old plastic wrap the next day since they may have laid eggs on it. Replace it with a new sheet of plastic wrap and pierce 4 small holes again (Repeat for 2-3 days). If you notice a few are flying out, put a second layer of plastic wrap or make sure your holes aren’t too big. Make sure you put your fly catcher in an area you think it’ll be most effective.

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How-to Clean Window Sills (Easy Household Cleaning Ideas That Save Time & Money) Clean My Space


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In this video, cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, shows us how to clean window sills and window tracks – that build up of grime is so unattractive, but easily handled with a quick cleaning. Cleaning window sills used to be a wrist-twisting job, but now we can clean them quickly and easily!

Sandi asked: What’s the best way to clean my window sill tracks?

Answer:

What you need-
1) Dirty window sill
2) Cleaning toothbrush
3) Spray bottle filled with water
4) Microfibre cloth
5) Vacuum (optional)
6) Drop of dish soap or 1 tablespoon baking soda (optional)

Optional: Start by vacuuming (using the nozzle attachment/crevice tool) to remove large debris- it takes a few seconds and makes all the difference.

Optional: Put a drop of dish soap or 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the spray bottle for extra cleaning power.

Spray the window sill with water and let it sit for a few minutes. Using a cleaning toothbrush, brush the window sill track to lift off any caked on debris. Once you’ve thoroughly brushed the area, take a microfibre cloth and wipe the remaining residue. If you wrap the cloth around your finger, you can get into corners and scratch off any excess dirt easily.

** BONUS TIP**

For mold on your window sill:
Take a few drops of tea tree oil and add it to your spray bottle. Spray the window sill area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Use the cleaning toothbrush to breakdown the mold and wipe clean with a cloth. Re-treat the area using the tea tree solution to help inhibit mold growth. Please note: mold is the result of a moisture issue and should be dealt with as early as possible to prevent spreading.

FYI: If you live in colder climates and open your windows during only a few months, you can do this twice a year. If you live somewhere that allows windows to be open for most of the year, step up the frequency and do it quarterly.

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A cleaning expert reveals the everyday household items you should be using to clean your home


Cleaning expert and author of “Clean My Space” Melissa Maker breaks down how to create your own cleaning products at home with everyday items.

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How to Clean Grout (Easy Household Cleaning Ideas That Save Time & Money) Clean My Space


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Melissa Maker, cleaning expert, shows Lucy how to clean her grout with great whitening and brightening tricks. Tile grout can can get dirty and dull, so here we learn how to combat that! You can use this method for cleaning grout in bathrooms, kitchens, hallways etc. Works every time and the results are awesome.

Don’t mind my head being cut off for part of the video, I didn’t go to film school and am not looking to win an Oscar for best filming. Just trying to pass on good info to you!

Enjoy 😀

Lucy asked: How can I clean my stained grout?

Answer:

What you need-
1) Grimy grout
2) Spray bottle with water
3) Cleaning toothbrush
4) Cotton cloth
5) Lemon (optional)

Spray the grout line with water and apply baking soda to create a sort of paste. Let it sit for 15 minutes then re-spray the area with water. Scrub using a cleaning toothbrush until the grout looks clean and wipe away any residue using a cotton cloth. To keep your grout looking clean, visit your local home store and purchase grout sealant to help keep your grout cleaner, longer.

Did you know? Grout, like your skin, has pores. As a result, it absorbs everything. Try to avoid using dirty mop water to prevent your grout lines from discoloring.

**BONUS TIP**

For really dirty grout:
Wet the grout line with lemon, instead of water, and add the baking soda to create a paste. Lemons act as a natural brightener to help get your grout looking clean and new.

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7 MUST HAVE Cleaning Products & Tools!


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When it comes to cleaning products and tools, I only settle for the very best. Cleaning is my business, and in order to save time and money—and to be the best at what we do—having the best cleaning tools and products is essential. So in this video, I go over seven more products and tools that will have a serious impact on your cleaning routine!

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7 DIY CLEANERS | My Favorite Natural Cleaning Products!


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Who doesn’t love to save time and money? Well, DIY cleaners do both of these things, so they’re a staple in our cleaning kit here at the CMS HQ. In this video, I share with you 7 of my favorite natural DIY cleaning products that you can make at home for pennies!

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors (Household Cleaning Ideas That Save Time & Money) Clean My Space


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In this video, cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, discusses different types of hardwood flooring and share my favorite method for cleaning hardwood floors with all of y’all.

I also demonstrate mopping techniques for effective floor mopping. Cleaning hardwood floors is really important if you want them to last you a lifetime and look great! Thanks for watching!

Richard asked: How do I clean and maintain my hardwood floors?

There are many different types of hardwood floors:
1) Polyurethane coating makes the floors look clean and shiny
2) Hardwood finished wood has a waxy or oily coating which repels water or liquid
3) Unfinished hardwood CANNOT be mopped since it will damage the floors

To test if you can mop your floors, drop a few drops of water in a discreet area and if it beads, you have a floor coating.

Answer:

What you need-
1) Hardwood floors
2) Vinegar
3) Dishwashing liquid
4) Wringer bucket
5) Microfiber twist mop
6) Microfiber cloth
7) Rubbing alcohol
8) Warm water

Put half a pinky nail’s worth of dishwashing liquid into a wringer bucket. Dishwashing liquid is a neutral cleaner and will help to remove dirt well without leaving a residue. Add a cap full of vinegar and fill with hot water. Vinegar is a mild disinfectant and will help to cut grease without leaving streaks. Soak the mop head in the bucket for a few minutes to soften. The mop has to be almost dry before mopping hardwood floor. When you mop, clean in an S-shaped pattern. This ensures you get all areas of the floor cleaned. Keep your bucket around you and try not to step into areas you’ve already cleaned. To be extra diligent, you can take a microfiber cloth and do a quick wipe down so no water is left behind.

Best practices are to sweep and vacuum once or twice a week and mop once every one or two weeks.

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7 EXPERT CLEANING TIPS YOU NEED TO BE USING!


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I haven’t always been a cleaning expert, in fact, when I first started my cleaning business I was a complete rookie. I spent tons of time in those early years researching and practicing to come up with the best cleaning routine and cleaning tips to use in my growing cleaning business. In this video I’m going to go over 7 expert cleaning tips that have proven to save time and frustration in any cleaning routine.

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