A mini-wisk broom is a handy tool to have in your kitchen for crumbs on your countertops. Saves time and yuckiness. https://www.thecleanteam.com/Speed-Cleaning-Whisk-Broom_p_13.html
Tis the season for fruit flies. Here's a good technique for ridding your kitchen of those pesky creatures. Take a bottle of apple cider vinegar (doesn't have to be a full bottle), remove the cap and place some plastic wrap over the opening, punching a few holes in it to let the scent out. Fruit flies will crawl in but not be able to get out. For added effectiveness, put a few drops of dish soap in the vinegar. This will break the surface tension of the vinegar so that the flies drop through it.
Here are few things to remember to do in the kitchen:
--get smudges around cabinet doorknobs
--clean out the garbage can occasionally
--don't forget to clean off the top of the grill over the range if you have one.
Here are some of those little cleaning items that you probably forget in your regular rounds. I'll start with the non-kitchen and bathroom areas:
smudges around doorknobs
smudges on light switch plates
picture glass (swipe once every six months)
It's helpful to work these into your regular routine.
Here's the first in a series of home organizing tips. We all tend to collect paper that comes into the house (mail, computer print outs, etc.) that we want to get to but never have time. After awhile these can really accumulate. Here's a solution: have a "get to later" box that you put all those papers in. At the end of the year, go through it. Chances are you'll toss 3/4ths of it!
Gum in carpet or upholstery can be a nasty business. Your first line of attack is with an ice cube. This freezes the gum and makes it brittle, much easier to remove. If there are still pieces left, you can use an oil like olive oil. Finally, if it is still a problem, go to the hardware store and find a specialized product for removing gum.
To keep your showers generally clean and mold-free from week to week, use a daily shower cleaner. There are many brands available. You simply spray after each shower--no need to wipe or rinse.
If the fan is not very dirty wiping each blade on each side with a duster or dust cloth is probably all you need to do. If the blades have baked in dirt then use a sponge or a cloth wetted in soapy dish detergent to clean then, then dry with another cloth.
A good trick if there is a lot of built up dust is to put the fan blade inside a pillow case and then move the pillow case around (gently) to pick up the dust. (This idea is courtesy of http://www.today.com/series/how-often-should-you/how-clean-ceiling-fan-when-do-it-t113795 .)
Frances Gabe, the inventor and only-ever resident of the self-cleaning house died two days ago. How does a self-cleaning house work, you ask? Well, how do you think! Sprinklers in the ceiling dispense first soapy water then rinse water that flow down the walls and over the floors into drains in each room. Furnishings are made of a plastic that also gets cleaned in the process. Dishes and clothes are also cleaned automatically. The water flows through the drains out to the dog house where the dog gets washed in the process too! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/frances-gabe-dead-inventor-of-self-cleaning-house.html
This method relies on simple chemistry and used even simpler nontoxic products. http://www.today.com/style/homemade-jewelry-cleaner-clean-silver-jewelry-one-simple-trick-t103333