Spring is here and it’s a great time clean your home. Cleaning expert Clinton Kelly shared some of his tips to get your house sparkling:
Launder Your Sweaters
When cleaning your sweaters or other loose weave wool or cashmere garments wash them properly. Fill your sink with cool or lukewarm water and add gentle detergent that is specifically made for fine garments. Submerge the sweaters in water, and squeeze the suds through but take care not to wring the sweaters. Let the sweater soak. Then soak it in cold water. Once that is done roll the clean sweater in a towel and lay it flat to dry.
Do not put wool sweaters in the dryer or dry clean them. They will shrink!
Clean Your Keyboard
You touch your keyboard every day but you probably clean it once a year. Now’s the time to get rid of those germs that live on them!
Before you do anything, unplug it. Then use the brush and hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner to remove any dust. Next gently apply cleaner to a cloth and wipe the keyboard. If you run into any sticky spots use rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to get rid of it.
Eliminate Pit Stains
We all get them, but they don’t need to permanently stay on your shirt. To treat them make a solution that is a one-to-one mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and water. Then rub about a quarter of a cup of the solution into the stains of one shirt. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Finally use an old soft toothbrush or bristle brush to loosen any residue and wash as usual.
Tempted to use bleach? Don’t do it - bleach darkens stains.
Don’t Poison Yourself
When cleaning do not to mix ammonia and bleach cleaners. It produces a toxic gas. Ammonia is good for cleaning windows and glass, porcelain and stainless steel. On the other hand, bleach is good for disinfecting surfaces.
Fold Your Sheets
It’s not always easy to fold your sheets. Make it easy on yourself and follow Clinton’s simply tricks. First tuck the corners and then fold them together. After that fold again so all the corners are in the same place, and fold over. Finally, fold one more time.