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Hardwood Floors – 7 Handy Maintenance Tips (Household Cleaning Ideas That Save Time) Clean My Space


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In this video, I discuss some general care tips for hardwood floors. They are a big investment, so you need to know how to take proper care of them. Remember, this is good general advice and you can always double check with your manufacturer or installer if you have any product-specific questions. Enjoy!

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How to Clean Produce (Fruits and Vegetables) Easy Household Cleaning Ideas – Clean My Space


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In this video, cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, shows how to wash produce in a quick and effective way using an eco-friendly, homemade produce wash. Produce has pesticides and other unfriendly grime, so this is how to wash produce properly and safely.

Thomas asked: Is there a cheaper way to clean my produce properly?

Answer:

What you need-
1) Fruits and vegetables
2) 2 tablespoons of baking soda
3) 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
4) 1 cup of water
5) spray bottle
6) Strainer
7) funnel (optional)

Shelf life: 2 weeks

In the spray bottle, pour the lemon juice, baking soda and water. Shake it up and set the spray bottle to mist. Put the fruits and vegetables into the strainer and douse using the spray bottle over a sink. Let the produce sit for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water. Allow the produce to air dry in the strainer and enjoy!

Did you know? Lemon juice acts as a natural disinfectant, while baking soda provides the fine grit needed to clean everything off the surface of your produce.

FYI: Thick-skinned fruit like an orange or banana don’t need to be washed since you don’t eat the skin. Thin skinned fruits and vegetables like an apple, grape or tomato should be washed before eating.

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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 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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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!

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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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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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3-minute All-Natural Carpet Refreshener & Deodorizer


With sickness roaming through the house, we want to get rid of germs ASAP. That means some deep cleaning. Check out our recipe for an immunity-boosting homemade natural carpet cleaner and deodorizer using only baking soda and essential oils.

To make this, you will need:
– A parmesan shaker container (can be purchased at the dollar store)
– baking soda (about 2 cups)
– 5 drops each of the following essential oils: Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree

Directions:
Mix baking soda and oils together. Sprinkle on carpet, rug, or upholstery. Let sit for an hour, then vacuum off. Enjoy more freshness and less germs.

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