Cleaning tips and hints

Join our amazing community
Share what you know, learn something new!
register

wadeallie

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Nov 26, 2007
1,216
36
48
Central Vermont
Since I have been working for a professional house cleaner, I have discovered some handy hints. Here are a few that maybe you can all use.
1) When mopping the floor (and my favorite cleaner is Simply Green) add from 3-6 drops of essential oil to your bucket. For clients' homes I usually use lemon essential oil for that fresh smell. I purchase it for around $6 at Walmart in the Health and Beauty aisle.
2) I use dishwasher tabs for soaking oven racks. I add the racks to very hot water with dishwasher tabs added and allow them to soak. Cooked on food just wipes off.
3) I make my own soft scrub. I mix Dawn and baking soda in a bowl and spoon it into a canning jar. The lid from an old parmesan container will fit a small canning jar perfectly.
4) We save on using paper towels by using microfiber cloths. After use we put them into a lingerie wash bag. I use so many daily that I wash them every night when I get home from a job.
 

Holiday_Mom

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Sep 12, 2009
2,169
2,050
113
I like the Soft Scrub idea!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ahorsesoul

Ahorsesoul

Moderator
Premiere Member
Oct 13, 2007
13,432
1,852
113
In front of my computer
I want to try the essential oils on my floor but still have not found the box of them from when we moved. lol
 

AuntJamelle

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Oct 22, 2007
4,084
1,904
113
South Bend, IN
Thank you for the intel! That is awesome! I'll be trying all of those, especially the one for the oven racks - mine need it!!!

My main "tricks" are:

- Using newspaper for cleaning glass and mirrors instead of paper towels
- Run a juiced lemon, lime or orange rind through the garbage disposal to freshen it
- Purchase melamine foam in bulk online instead of buying "Magic Erasers"
 
  • Like
Reactions: jampss

DahliaDoll

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Oct 15, 2007
1,741
938
113
Great tips! Thanks!

Any tips for dusting? I really hate to move everything off of a shelf or table to dust it, yet I think a feather duster just spreads it around or puts it back into the air to just land there again.
 

sweetpumkinpye

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Apr 23, 2008
11,345
5,943
113
55
Canberra, Australia
Some good hints here. I like the essential oil in the mop bucket, will try that.
 

girlsinmo

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Jan 1, 2008
3,668
991
113
MO
Great thread. Watching for more easy tips
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ahorsesoul

wadeallie

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Nov 26, 2007
1,216
36
48
Central Vermont
I'm so happy to share these hints and get a liitle excitement going for cleaning if that is possible.
For dusting, we use the Swiffer dusters. The extendable handles you can buy reach high for getting inside curtain fixtures and ceiling corners. I used a handmade duster but the Swiffers work the best plus you can reuse until they literally fall apart. For deep clean dusting, I fill my mop bucket with hot water, Simply Green or Murphys Oil Soap, and drops of lemon essential oil. I use a micro fiber cloth and this water to go around the room wiping down window sills, baseboards, the base of lamps, and bookcases. Basically anything low. For dusting, start high and go low. Professionally we approach a room first dusting, vacuuming, then mop our way out the door.
 

wadeallie

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Nov 26, 2007
1,216
36
48
Central Vermont
Prior to dusting, decluttering should have been done first so as not to distract from the job of cleaning.
As I wrote above, deep clean dusting is a good beginning. I use the same bucket of water later for mopping the floor. On approaching a room, start high and work around in a circle Swiffering all picture frames, etc going high to low. After swiffering, grab that damp cloth from your bucket to wipe window sills, table tops, etc. After wiping these you can go back and polish with wood polish like Pledge if you prefer.
Now grab your vacuum and suck up the floor debris and dust that hit the floor or cobwebs in the floor corners.
Last, as long as the mop bucket water isn't filthy, add a couple more drops of lemon essential oil and mop your floors. At home I mop the floor 2x unless I plan to add a floor finish. Mop your way out of the room and check it off your Holiday plan.
 

wadeallie

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Nov 26, 2007
1,216
36
48
Central Vermont
Great tips! Thanks!

Any tips for dusting? I really hate to move everything off of a shelf or table to dust it, yet I think a feather duster just spreads it around or puts it back into the air to just land there again.
Swiffer dusters aren't feather dusters. They use static electricity to hold dust.
 

wadeallie

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Nov 26, 2007
1,216
36
48
Central Vermont
I tried something new the other day when mopping the floors for a local business.
Spiders have been trying to come inside now that temps are dropping so I added 2 drops of peppermint oil to the mop water (still had lemon oil in it). It smelled lovely and spiders do not like it. Neither do mice. Just don' t go overboard as too much will drive you out too!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ahorsesoul

wadeallie

Well-Known Member
Premiere Member
Nov 26, 2007
1,216
36
48
Central Vermont
Thank you for the intel! That is awesome! I'll be trying all of those, especially the one for the oven racks - mine need it!!!

My main "tricks" are:

- Using newspaper for cleaning glass and mirrors instead of paper towels
- Run a juiced lemon, lime or orange rind through the garbage disposal to freshen it
- Purchase melamine foam in bulk online instead of buying "Magic Erasers"
Dishwasher tabs are made with a special formula to break up food and grease and soaking oven racks works better and is less messy than oven spray.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ahorsesoul