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This group is dedicated to cleaning! From small tasks like drying glasses to tedious ones like powerwashing your deck, share your tips, trials, and tribulations on getting your house so fresh and so clean here!

Casa Verde: Musty Tees For Dusty Needs

Posted By Home on Jun 24, 2010 at 5:00AM

Got dust? No matter how often I vacuum, it never fails when I sit on my carpets or rugs, my pants always pick up the dregs on the floor. While Swiffers and other cleaning products do a fab job of sweeping up dust bunnies and capturing the thin layers on the dressers and shelves, it seems my threadbare clothes could potentially equal their task. If they can find lint on a fresh floor, they could probably grasp other messes. Instead of tossing sheaths into the trash can weekly, I decided to turn my rags into riches by employing them as my dust buster.

I simply cut the old rags into squares and popped them onto my Swiffer stick. Old workout clothes happen to pick up the most dust. If you don't have a Swiffer, you could simply use a square mop and rubberband. Attach the rag to the bottom and head into the dust. When the shirt has done its work, you can turn it inside out and use the other side. You can kiss those dust bunnies goodbye and throw those rags into the washer for many future uses!

How-To: Clean Wicker Outdoor Furniture

Posted By Home on Jun 8, 2010 at 2:30PM
Pottery Barn at ShopStyle

Now that the weather is looking up, I'm sure many of you are taking advantage of your outdoor spaces. Before you throw a barbecue, make sure your outdoor furniture is looking spick-and-span. Every type of furniture requires its own cleaning routine. Wicker furniture is not actually meant to be used outdoors because it's really vulnerable to moisture, wind, and rain. But a lot of people seem to own it, so I've got just the tips you need to keep it so fresh and so clean.
To learn how to clean your wicker, read more

Casa Quickie: It's a Power Struggle

Posted By Home on Mar 24, 2010 at 2:00PM

I am quite content with my Dyson DC24 vacuum. But while I love that it's fit for all floor types, it doesn't lose suction, and it's easy to move around, if I were shopping for another vacuum, I'd really only have one priority: power. A powerful motor makes for a powerful vacuum. So when you're shopping for your next cleaner, remember that its strength is in direct proportion to how much dirt it will lift as you pass it across your carpet. Pick the one with the highest strength!

A 12-amp motor is fairly standard, and anything less than that won't be very productive. Meanwhile, a vacuum with more than 12 amps will send more power from the outlet to your motor.
After you've found a few selections with a good strength, suction power (mine is 220 AW) will be next important, and then you'll want to narrow down other needs like floor types and size.

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How-To: Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner

Posted By Home on Mar 15, 2010 at 5:00AM

It's not always easy being green — or clean. Combining the two can be downright impossible, but making your own products can cut chemicals, crud, and cost. I simplify things even more by using one all-purpose cleanser nearly everywhere in my pad.

To make the cleaner, just combine equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and shake to mix. Before storing, label and date your homemade mixture. It should be good indefinitely, but it doesn't hurt to mix up a fresh batch every couple of months.

Spring cleaning on the mind? Other DIY options include a heavy duty surface cleanser, a window solution, and a tub and tile scrubber.

How Often Do You Wash Your Sheets?

Posted By Home on Sep 17, 2009 at 3:33PM

Clean Your Entire Kitchen With One Lemon

Posted By Home on Sep 8, 2009 at 1:43PM

DIY Life claims you can clean your entire kitchen with one lemon. Have you tried this? I'm not convinced.

Soap Scum Stinks!

Posted By KaiLynLyn on Sep 1, 2009 at 6:54AM

I have a jacuzzi tub in our bathroom that I can never get to sparkle.  It's always looks a little dull and has a soap scum feel to it no matter how much I scrub it. The combination of the polycarb material of the tub and our hard water is a constant problem.  I'm afraid to use anything too strong since I bathe our 2 yr old in the tub nightly.  Any suggestions on an eco-friendly and kid-friendly cleaner to get my tub to shine?

Gnats Be Gone!

Posted By Home on Aug 31, 2009 at 3:38PM

I am having major issues with gnats in my kitchen lately. In the past, I've usually been able to get rid of them by putting something sweet in the bottom of a narrow-necked jar. But no luck this time around! Anyone have any secrets?

Cleaning Your Chandeliers

Posted By Home on Aug 24, 2009 at 1:15PM

How do you all clean your chandeliers? I find that some careful dusting with a feather duster usually does the trick. But sometimes a crystal chandelier needs a little soap and water. What's your trick?