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Here’s how I feel about it: If your parents didn’t watch thisoldhouse on pbstv with you as a kid, it could be the case that they didn’t love you that much. And for the most part, the rest of the junior-to-mid-level staff here at This Old House magazine agrees with me. Other…

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Hey, dirtbag. Washing off the gook every day sure makes for some nasty soap scum, which you can only ignore for so long. My apartment bathroom barely has enough room for a daily routine, let alone serious tub scrubbing. Good thing OxiClean exists, in all of its powdery glory. Here’s their how-to for cleaning your bathtub in 4 easy steps: 

1. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover powder with warm water (as directed on packaging).

2.  Apply the OxiClean solution directly on the soap scum and scrub the area with a sponge or a brush.

3. Meanwhile, fill the tub with a scoop or two of OxiClean and let sit overnight.

4. In the morning, simply drain and rinse the tub and rinse the curtain, no scrubbing necessary.

Stay tuned all spring-cleaning season to learn more ways OxiClean replaces an entire cabinet of cleaners, ‘cause lord knows you don’t have the space for bottles and bottles of stuff. -EL VIA OxiClean

Photo: Susan Seubert VIA thisoldhouse

thisoldapt:

Hey, dirtbag. Washing off the gook every day sure makes for some nasty soap scum, which you can only ignore for so long. My apartment bathroom barely has enough room for a daily routine, let alone serious tub scrubbing. Good thing OxiClean exists, in all of its powdery glory. Here’s their how-to for cleaning your bathtub in 4 easy steps: 
1. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover powder with warm water (as directed on packaging).
2.  Apply the OxiClean solution directly on the soap scum and scrub the area with a sponge or a brush.
3. Meanwhile, fill the tub with a scoop or two of OxiClean and let sit overnight.
4. In the morning, simply drain and rinse the tub and rinse the curtain, no scrubbing necessary.
Stay tuned all spring-cleaning season to learn more ways OxiClean replaces an entire cabinet of cleaners, ‘cause lord knows you don’t have the space for bottles and bottles of stuff. -EL VIA OxiClean
Photo: Susan Seubert VIA thisoldhouse

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7 things you forgot to clean while spring cleaning…and how to clean them*
*if special instructions are needed. For most of these, some homemade vinegar wipes or Clorox disinfecting wipes are all you’ll need.
It’s still Spring Cleaning Week here at ToA! Here are all of the things you forgot to clean while you were spring cleaning:
Your smartphone, which is covered in fecal matter 
Your remote controls, phones, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, computer keyboards and the like (THINK: What are the things you touch on a daily basis? Clean all those things. )
Your ceiling fans: dust them now before you start spinning for the season and get sprinkled with ick. That said, when you’re spring cleaning START with ceiling fans and work your way down. This way, all the dust on the way there gets removed as you work and when you get to the floor, you’re DONE! and won’t have to sweep or vacuum again (THINK: What’s over my head accumulating dust? Is there a gap between the ceiling and my cabinets? Overhang on window trim? Dust it.)
INSIDE your fridge, freezer, oven, microwave PLUS control panels, handles, and knobs. (THINK: Does it open? Does it need cleaning inside?)
Check and change all filters if necessary (i.e. air purifiers, vacuums…even water-pitcher filters in your Britas and Maveas, etc)
Your trash cans, vacuum canisters and body, broom bristles, etc. (THINK: What are the things/appliances you use WHILE cleaning? Clean all those things.)
Your pillows (yeah, even if you have covers/ pillowcases). According to THE GODDESS marthastewartliving:

"Even with protectors, pillows should be washed at least twice a year; the covers, once a month (along with your mattress cover). Most down and synthetic pillows are machine washable (check the care label). Use mild liquid detergent rather than powder, which may leave a residue. Launder pillows in pairs to keep your machine balanced. Run them through the rinse cycle twice the second time without detergent, to ensure they’re rinsed fully.
In the dryer: For down and feathers: Use the air cycle or low-heat setting, and make sure pillows are completely dry. There shouldn’t be any bunches of feathers — since dampness left in the pillow may cause mold. High heat can encourage clumping in polyester-filled pillows, so dry them on low heat. Your dryer will refluff pillows nicely, especially if you throw in a couple of unused tennis balls (wrapped in clean white socks, to prevent dyes from transferring).
Everyday upkeep: Plump pillows daily when you make your bed, to keep the filling from becoming flattened.” Read more in Bedding Care 101


YOUR TURN: Did we forget any spring-cleaning forgettables? Tell us in the comments. -ts

CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!

thisoldapt:

7 things you forgot to clean while spring cleaning…and how to clean them*

*if special instructions are needed. For most of these, some homemade vinegar wipes or Clorox disinfecting wipes are all you’ll need.

It’s still Spring Cleaning Week here at ToA! Here are all of the things you forgot to clean while you were spring cleaning:

  • Your smartphone, which is covered in fecal matter
  • Your remote controls, phones, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, computer keyboards and the like (THINK: What are the things you touch on a daily basis? Clean all those things. )
  • Your ceiling fans: dust them now before you start spinning for the season and get sprinkled with ick. That said, when you’re spring cleaning START with ceiling fans and work your way down. This way, all the dust on the way there gets removed as you work and when you get to the floor, you’re DONE! and won’t have to sweep or vacuum again (THINK: What’s over my head accumulating dust? Is there a gap between the ceiling and my cabinets? Overhang on window trim? Dust it.)
  • INSIDE your fridge, freezer, oven, microwave PLUS control panels, handles, and knobs. (THINK: Does it open? Does it need cleaning inside?)
  • Check and change all filters if necessary (i.e. air purifiers, vacuums…even water-pitcher filters in your Britas and Maveas, etc)
  • Your trash cans, vacuum canisters and body, broom bristles, etc. (THINK: What are the things/appliances you use WHILE cleaning? Clean all those things.)
  • Your pillows (yeah, even if you have covers/ pillowcases). According to THE GODDESS marthastewartliving:

"Even with protectors, pillows should be washed at least twice a year; the covers, once a month (along with your mattress cover). Most down and synthetic pillows are machine washable (check the care label). Use mild liquid detergent rather than powder, which may leave a residue. Launder pillows in pairs to keep your machine balanced. Run them through the rinse cycle twice the second time without detergent, to ensure they’re rinsed fully.


In the dryer: For down and feathers: Use the air cycle or low-heat setting, and make sure pillows are completely dry. There shouldn’t be any bunches of feathers — since dampness left in the pillow may cause mold. High heat can encourage clumping in polyester-filled pillows, so dry them on low heat. Your dryer will refluff pillows nicely, especially if you throw in a couple of unused tennis balls (wrapped in clean white socks, to prevent dyes from transferring).

Everyday upkeep: Plump pillows daily when you make your bed, to keep the filling from becoming flattened.” Read more in Bedding Care 101

YOUR TURN: Did we forget any spring-cleaning forgettables? Tell us in the comments. -ts

CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!

(Source: disneysdreamings)