How's your fireplace lookin? Now's a good time to give it a cleaning. Also check the flue and any doors and shields to see that they are all in working order. And does your chimney need a sweep?
Here's an idea to help you keep your floors cleaner in the wet and wintry months. Get some slippers to put by the front and back doors and have people remove their shoes when they come into the house.
This is the start of a series of ideas to help you prep for winter. First is to take a look at your furnace. From experience, I can tell you that you don't want to have to look at your furnace when it conks out in the middle of some below zero winter night. So take a look now. Any cracks, rust? How old is it? When was the last time you had it inspected? Does it need a new filter? Do you know who to call if you do have any problems? Then rest easy. (This and the following tips are mainly drawn from
Before cleaning the inside of the bowl, push your toilet brush into the opening about ten times to bring the water level down. This will make your cleaner less diluted and it will also show you where the ring is if the toilet has one.
A place often missed or not done well in toilet cleaning is under the rim. Your standard toilet brush is not shaped to do the job adequately. Here is a better method. Purchase a grout brush or something like it.That is a good size and shape to fit under the rim. Dampen it and sprinkle it with cleanser, then rub it under the rim. Now flush and wipe again with the brush while the water is coming through it (this will both rinse the rim and brush). Trust me. This is a better clean than the standard approach.
Here's a way to keep your bathroom looking nice in two minutes a day. This is more cosmetic than thorough but can be a help for busy people:
1) Keep surfaces as free of items as possible. Store things in the medicine cabinet and under the sink.
2) Each day, when you're done with your morning wash, go over all wet or dirty surfaces with a good microfiber cloth that you store under the sink for the purpose. Use toilet paper to wipe the toilet surfaces.
3) Every three days wipe out the bath with the same cloth.
4) Weekly, dampen the cloth and wipe down the floor. Now throw the cloth in with the laundry.
5) Weekly, use cleanser and a toilet brush to clean out the toilet bowl.
6) Have some cleanser and a sponge for more periodic thorough tub cleaning.
Here's a useful site for DIY'ers related to many of the activities we do around the house (food prep, organizing, furniture building, etc.): https://morningchores.com/
To the question, what do people use to wash elephants, the answer is: Murphy Oil Soap (so I've been told).
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For many cleaning products, it's not enough just to spray it on and scrub or wipe. Some solutions need what is called dwell time--time to sit on the surface in order to break up the soil that's there. This is especially true for more heavy duty products and when there is heavier dirt to get at. In a shower, for instance, you can spray a good bathroom cleaner on and give it up to 10 minutes to loosen the soap scum. It's a good idea, right after you spray, to wipe the solution evenly over the surface with a scrub brush (not scrubbing it though). Dwell time can make a lot of difference.